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S. Hollis Mickey // Cocoon TAPE

S. Hollis Mickey // Cocoon TAPE

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This is a cassette released by American improvisational player/educator S. Hollis Mickey on the experimental label Full Spectrum in Texas in April 2024.

Contains nine improvised recordings that she made on a daily basis while suffering from severe myalgic encephalomyelitis. DL code included.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Full Spectrum is proud to present Cocoon, a new collection of recordings by multidisciplinary artist and educator S. Hollis Mickey.

To create a cocoon, the pupa spins silk thread around itself. This thread is made from the larva's body and energy. Similarly, Cocoon's meandering tracks express body and energy. Each track captures the finite energy of reality. These improvisations gently envelop the time of their creation, creating a protective capsule of the embodied moment.

S. Hollis Mickey has severe myalgic encephalomyelitis, which now severely limits his ability to play music. This complex, energy-limiting disease, for which there is no effective treatment or cure, inhibits her physical, emotional and cognitive output, prohibiting her from sitting or standing.

To continue creating, S. Hollis Mickey enlisted the help of a recording set featuring instruments such as a lap harp, flute, harmonium, kalimba, toy piano, and effects pedals. When she feels that she can, she sits in this arrangement, does not prepare or compose, and she plays until she runs out of energy. In other words, each improvisation is a sonic expression of S. Hollis Mickey's physical abilities that day. While performing, she focused on the creation of her sound and at the same time was mindful of her own physical condition so as not to exceed her physical limits. A supple, visceral cadence pulls the sound forward, out of S. Hollis Mickey's body and out into the world, to her listeners.

At the time of this album's release, S. Hollis Mickey's medical condition was worsening and he was unable to make music for nearly a year. In this way, the album also serves as a recorded memory, a trace of past bodies and modes of expression. She is now completely housebound and she has little physical ability to have even brief contact with others. "Cocoon" invites listeners to a space of connection that transcends time and space.

A cocoon is a product of transforming form. A vessel made for deep rest. Now, in order to be realized, I will spin into this space of sound. "

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Full Spectrum Records releases available at Tobira. 

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Includes DL code. Cassette in norelco case. Edition of 100. 

tracklist:

1. Cocoon (New Year's Day) 15:31
2. Cocoon (April 17) 11:14
3. Cocoon (February 16) 09:48
4. Cocoon (February 14) 10:21
5. Cocoon (February 3) 13:38
6. Cocoon (March 6) 12:28
7. Cocoon (April 13) 11:10
8. Cocoon (March 30) 11:21
9. Cocoon (April 7) 10:42

Full Spectrum Records:

"Full Spectrum Records is honored to present 'Cocoon,' a new collection of recordings from interdisciplinary artist and educator S. Hollis Mickey.

To create a cocoon, a pupa spins a silken thread around itself. This thread is created from the body and energy of the larvae. In the same way, the winding tracks of 'Cocoon' represent the body and energy. Each track captures a real , finite amount of energy. These improvisations wrap tenderly around and around the time of their making, creating a protective capsule of an embodied moment.

S. Hollis Mickey has severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, which now significantly limits her ability to play music. This complex, energy-limiting disease with no effective treatment or cure inhibits Hollis' physical, emotional, and cognitive output, and prohibits her from sitting up or standing for any duration.

In order to continue to create, Hollis had assistance constructing a recording set up with instruments set out – lap harp, flute, harmonium, kalimba, toy piano, and effects pedals, all complemented by her winding vocal lines. When she felt able, she would sit down in this arrangement and without preparation or composition, play until she was no longer energetically able. So, each improvised track sonically captures Hollis' physical capacity for that day. As she played, she was focused both on the creation of sound but also on the state of her body, trying to ensure not to exceed physical limits. A tenuous, visceral cadence pulls the sound forward, out of Hollis' body, into the world, and reaches out to the listener.

At the time of the release of this album, the severity of Hollis' illness has progressed and she has been unable to make music for nearly one year, with her last playing captured in Cocoon. In this way, the album also serves as a recorded memory, a trace of a past body and way of expressing. She is now entirely housebound, with little physical ability to contact even briefly with others. 'Cocoon' invites the listener into a space of connection across time and space, a shared meditation, in and on the body.

A cocoon is a production of a form in transformation. A container made for deep rest. Spin into this sound space for being embodied now.
"

Artist: S. Hollis Mickey

Label: Full Spectrum Records

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This is a cassette released by American improvisational player/educator S. Hollis Mickey on the experimental label Full Spectrum in Texas in April 2024.

Contains nine improvised recordings that she made on a daily basis while suffering from severe myalgic encephalomyelitis. DL code included.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Full Spectrum is proud to present Cocoon, a new collection of recordings by multidisciplinary artist and educator S. Hollis Mickey.

To create a cocoon, the pupa spins silk thread around itself. This thread is made from the larva's body and energy. Similarly, Cocoon's meandering tracks express body and energy. Each track captures the finite energy of reality. These improvisations gently envelop the time of their creation, creating a protective capsule of the embodied moment.

S. Hollis Mickey has severe myalgic encephalomyelitis, which now severely limits his ability to play music. This complex, energy-limiting disease, for which there is no effective treatment or cure, inhibits her physical, emotional and cognitive output, prohibiting her from sitting or standing.

To continue creating, S. Hollis Mickey enlisted the help of a recording set featuring instruments such as a lap harp, flute, harmonium, kalimba, toy piano, and effects pedals. When she feels that she can, she sits in this arrangement, does not prepare or compose, and she plays until she runs out of energy. In other words, each improvisation is a sonic expression of S. Hollis Mickey's physical abilities that day. While performing, she focused on the creation of her sound and at the same time was mindful of her own physical condition so as not to exceed her physical limits. A supple, visceral cadence pulls the sound forward, out of S. Hollis Mickey's body and out into the world, to her listeners.

At the time of this album's release, S. Hollis Mickey's medical condition was worsening and he was unable to make music for nearly a year. In this way, the album also serves as a recorded memory, a trace of past bodies and modes of expression. She is now completely housebound and she has little physical ability to have even brief contact with others. "Cocoon" invites listeners to a space of connection that transcends time and space.

A cocoon is a product of transforming form. A vessel made for deep rest. Now, in order to be realized, I will spin into this space of sound. "

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Full Spectrum Records releases available at Tobira. 

--------------------------------

Includes DL code. Cassette in norelco case. Edition of 100. 

tracklist:

1. Cocoon (New Year's Day) 15:31
2. Cocoon (April 17) 11:14
3. Cocoon (February 16) 09:48
4. Cocoon (February 14) 10:21
5. Cocoon (February 3) 13:38
6. Cocoon (March 6) 12:28
7. Cocoon (April 13) 11:10
8. Cocoon (March 30) 11:21
9. Cocoon (April 7) 10:42

Full Spectrum Records:

"Full Spectrum Records is honored to present 'Cocoon,' a new collection of recordings from interdisciplinary artist and educator S. Hollis Mickey.

To create a cocoon, a pupa spins a silken thread around itself. This thread is created from the body and energy of the larvae. In the same way, the winding tracks of 'Cocoon' represent the body and energy. Each track captures a real , finite amount of energy. These improvisations wrap tenderly around and around the time of their making, creating a protective capsule of an embodied moment.

S. Hollis Mickey has severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, which now significantly limits her ability to play music. This complex, energy-limiting disease with no effective treatment or cure inhibits Hollis' physical, emotional, and cognitive output, and prohibits her from sitting up or standing for any duration.

In order to continue to create, Hollis had assistance constructing a recording set up with instruments set out – lap harp, flute, harmonium, kalimba, toy piano, and effects pedals, all complemented by her winding vocal lines. When she felt able, she would sit down in this arrangement and without preparation or composition, play until she was no longer energetically able. So, each improvised track sonically captures Hollis' physical capacity for that day. As she played, she was focused both on the creation of sound but also on the state of her body, trying to ensure not to exceed physical limits. A tenuous, visceral cadence pulls the sound forward, out of Hollis' body, into the world, and reaches out to the listener.

At the time of the release of this album, the severity of Hollis' illness has progressed and she has been unable to make music for nearly one year, with her last playing captured in Cocoon. In this way, the album also serves as a recorded memory, a trace of a past body and way of expressing. She is now entirely housebound, with little physical ability to contact even briefly with others. 'Cocoon' invites the listener into a space of connection across time and space, a shared meditation, in and on the body.

A cocoon is a production of a form in transformation. A container made for deep rest. Spin into this sound space for being embodied now.
"

Artist: S. Hollis Mickey

Label: Full Spectrum Records