Sleeping Dogs Lie 06nov09: Term

MugenThe latest free EP from’s Term sublabel is a three-track live set by Alessandro Canova, who records as Mugen. The music was recorded like at Fabrica, the Benetton Research and Development Communication Centre, outside Treviso, Italy, on October, 25, 2002. With their lingering pulses of ethereal hum, these are among the loveliest releases yet from Term, which specializes in fragile sound works. The tracks are labeled Parts 1, 4 and 5. Two are about three and a half minutes long (Parts 1 and 5), and the third (Part 4) is a little over a minute and a half. Part 1 has a distant, white-noise groove like the locomotion of a nanotech train engine. Part 4 has, for its rhythm, an initial string of Geiger counter-like static, which gives way to extended long, round tones. Part 5 is distinguished by its opening, a light rupture of irritated beats, a cross between the locked groove at the end of a vinyl LP and the internal workings of a computer; eventually this beat-like material is joined by elegiac synth tones.  Term says of Mugen’s music, “In 1999 Canova started experimenting with sine waves and white noise as his only sound sources, developing a special interest in a micro sounds aesthetic. Influenced by his studies on Asian arts he aims to create a meditative dimension: a contemplation of sound that lucidly expresses a refinement of the frequencies.”

post_pianoA selection of recordings from the Post_Piano 2 Open Remix Project conceived as a logical continuation of Taylor Deupree & Kenneth Kirschner’s recent open source CD, “Post_piano 2?. Just as the original work, this album is based entirely on Kirschner’s piano sketch November 11, 2003, contributors to the PP2_ORP were invited to follow the same process that Deupree & Kirschner used on their CD by taking Kirschner’s sketch and using it as raw material for new compositions.

The response to the PP2_ORP was overwhelming: The label received over a hundred new recordings from around the world representing a tremendous range of creative approaches to the material. We are proud to present here a small cross-section of these contributions in order to showcase some of the diverse and innovative approaches taken by the project’s talented participants.

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