mr. meridies (s/t) friction media, 1998

The eponymous CD includes a wide variety of material recorded in 1996 and 1997, representing a variety of different production tactics and audio elements. This page breaks down the relevant information into excrutiating detail, user beware.

 

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Track Information:

1: Opening 02:45 Produced at the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College (Oakland, CA) in a Macintosh desktop audio environment during the fall of 1996. Part of the production process for Linda M. Johnson's work for modern dance: Karibu.

2: Banshee 08:18 Recorded live to DAT in Hoboken, NJ featuring all electronic elements in an improvisational context. A.C. Lee offers support on analog synthesis. Summer 1996.

3: Remember 01:32 First of the "Idea of Fun" pieces represented here. Originally concieved for 20 players using standard home stereo CD players, this piece (and the other offered here) are from the rehearsals for the first performance, at the 23-Five showcase concert in the fall of 1997. The group on any given cut is impossible to define, but could include any of the following: Mike Berry, David Wirnshilboum, April Taylor, Trina Eby, Frank Henriksen, A.L. Dentel, Adrienne Waterman, Amy Squires, Kate McDonnell, Jessica Courtier, Patty Liu, Jeff Rice, David Vazquez, Anne Holmes, Matt Ingalls, Dave Madole, Claire Hafner, Willow Williamson.

4: Trash Dance 03:47 Recorded live to DAT in Hoboken, NJ featuring all electronic elements in an improvisational context. Summer 1996.

5: Dense Talk 01:46 Text material recorded in workshop with Kristi Martel, Anne Holmes, Alex O'Malley, Catie Berkenfeld, Kate McDonnell, Bob Boster, and Grace Renaud. Produced at the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College (Oakland, CA) in a Macintosh desktop audio environment during the spring of 1997.

6: Karibu I 10:20 Recorded live to DAT in Oakland during the fall of 1996, CA featuring all electronic elements in an improvisational context. Commissioned for Linda M. Johnson's work for modern dance: Karibu, performed in partial fulfuillment of the requirements for MFA of Dance at Mills College, spring 1997.

7: Sheathe 05:37 Performed by bouche (Kristi Martel and Bob Boster), at our inception in the fall of 1996. Recorded live to DAT at Mills College, features only human voice and processed human voice.

8: Core Dump 00:29 Second of the "Idea of Fun" pieces represented here. See above for details.

9: Cleanin' Yrself 06:00 Recorded live to DAT in Oakland, CA featuring all electronic elements in an improvisational context. Fall 1996.

10: Concussion 02:55 Performed by Kent Jolly, Ian Davis, and Bob Boster in the spring of 1997. Recorded live to DAT at Mills College, features percussion and electronics.

11: Karibu II 03:37 Produced at the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College (Oakland, CA) in a Macintosh desktop audio environment during the fall of 1996. See above for more details.

12: Hey 02:16 Third of the "Idea of Fun" pieces represented here. See above for details.

13: Strides and Rollers 04:15 Recorded live to DAT in Hoboken, NJ featuring electronic and acoustic elements in an improvisational context. Trumpet by Andrew Hill. Summer 1996.

14: Launch 04:13 Performed by the Armageddon String Ensemble (in this case: A.L. Dentel, Cheryl Leonard, and Bob Boster), at our inception in the fall of 1996. In this case, a reception for the an opening at the Nika Gallery in San Francisco. Recorded live to DAT and represents all improvised material on cello, viola, and processing.

15: Sad Thought 02:26 Fourth of the "Idea of Fun" pieces represented here. See above for details.

 

Production Notes:

This CD was collected and sequenced in an interesting fashion. Like many people in the face of deciding what to put on their first CD, I asked for help from people whose opinions I knew I could trust because I had seen their music tast in action. A wide group was consulted for suggestions on this release, but foremost the Fiction Media brain trust and various associated minds responded to a set of possible material roughly three times this size to select the material you hear on this release. In this fashion my CD can be said to have a lot of minds at work in it. After they culled the material, I joined them to sequence the cuts into this order.

Then mastering genius mixture 151 was brought into the picture. I am very fortunate to have had access to this amazing listening organ for this CD. The gloss and sheen of the final product is totally a result of his fine work.

Blake Trabulsi and I became acquinted through his fiancee Allison Orr (who also offers some visual material for this package). Working with Blake was an amazing expereince because the depth of his vision is so incredible. Very early in the process I turned the entire this over to his fine design sense and the result should be entirely credited to him.

My thanks to everyone who was involved. This process was long and complex and a lot of people offered me substantial support of different sorts throughout, including the performers, managers of the various venues where recordings were acheived, friends, colleagues, and various co-inhabitants. There are too many to credit, but this CD could not have been achieved withut all of you.

 

Ordering Information:

If you'd like a copy of this CD, please send $12 (check perferred) to Friction Media 202A Maple Ave. Carrboro, NC 27510. For info on ordering more than one copy email [email protected]

 

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