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Rick Myers // Obstacle # 80: INDICES LP

Rick Myers // Obstacle # 80: INDICES LP

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Rick Myers, an artist / writer from Manchester, England, in December 2021This record was released on the experimental label Cejero in Copenhagen, Denmark, limited to 300 copies.

Includes sound poetry ~ 2 collage songs, about 40 minutes. DL code included.The following is a commentary by the writer himself.

This LP forms an index played on a group of works called "Obstacle Corpus" that includes drawings, texts, photographs, book works, videos and sounds.In the recording, I played the spoken text, alternating between the two pianos.The text was distributed into a new text named "Field", using the titles of the 2 so-called "obstacles" artwork produced during 2019, and was written in two parts in a drawing format. ..The tape that recorded the performance was exposed to a magnetic field, amplified using the physical contact between the electromagnetic waves and the strings of the piano, creating a circuit that occasionally sparked while short-circuiting during recording, and was played through the piano.
--Rick Myers, December 2021

It was only a matter of time before Ric Meyers' journey as a visual artist, film maker and writer finally converged on the gramophone format.For those who have followed his 30-year development from a prominent graphic designer to a variety of self-promoting artistic activities, it was nothing more than a long-awaited one.It hosts countless performances and exhibitions (not to mention the Library of Congress and Harvard University), including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Poetry Library in London, the White Column in New York, and the Onasis Cultural Center in Athens. ..Little is known about his involvement with Stanford University and Tate Britain, who keep Rick's artist books and project archives, but perhaps the ones that most deeply affect record buyers and so-called non-musical patrons. It will be the restoration and re-release of the index of the primary information publisher and his hard work, Broken Music.Rick may take some time to agree with the idea that the auditory gesture he had been waiting for would book the item once in the books of Ashura Brock and Michael Grasmeyer, but he You will lose the battle.Given that this Mankunian-raised Massachusetts-based "actor" was able to release such records at any time in his life, and the problem is always "when", the above It is possible that none of them are particularly relevant.As a longtime friend, the sounds on this record are a mysterious "Rick" if you ask a trained composer to compose music solely on this man's personality. It may be the sound of "Myers" ...Of course, I'm not surprised that Rick made this record himself, but I'm very happy to be surprised that he succeeded in communicating his own art more accurately through this highly relevant medium. ..Rick Myers in Obstacle # 80: Indices, with the rare exception of the words emotional, sensitive, beginning, and risky magical when discussing art records made in similar formats. May be exploring more territory than he intended.Why continue to use the word music in the first place for those of us who are trying to decide how to listen to records in categories such as non-music, anti-music, and broken music.Obstacle # 80: Indicators may actually be a genuine non-musical record for those who like a little music.The noise carved into this piece of plastic is a useful by-product of Rick Myers' artistic discipline: Popol Vuh, François Tusk, Karel Gavers, Gruppo di Improvise ione Nuva Consonanza, AR Luciani. , Catalin Radick, Jean Guerlain, Igor Wakevic, Milan Grigger, Jean Dubfe, and those who also appreciate the film soundtracks of Andrey Kordinsky and Jean Claude Banier's prepared pianos.Do you feel good?Behind the scenes of the production of this album is Rick's artistic business (read another article about this), but let's say this here. I fascinated me with two open pianos, a magnetic field, and a transducer mic.The mechanically manipulated audio text here is the sound of an unabashed Mankunian betting his ball 2 miles away from a comfortable place, and for me who buy too many records, this slender The precious energy that is rarely entrusted to records in the days of Apple Zet is condensed. Those who are in awe of phrases like REAL DEAL should have this album at hand, and those who haven't unsealed yet should listen now and learn later.It's an important point to get a cosmic dividend. ――――Andy Votel

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Edition of 300.


Obstacle # 80: INDICES is a spoken text for two pianos and piano strings, transducer, tape and magnetic fields.

Written between 2019 og 2020 and performed in July and August 2020 by Rick Myers. Recorded by Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab, Easthampton, Mass, and edited and mixed by Rick Myers at the Cabin Studio, Easthampton, Mass. Additional magnetic fields added by Madeleine Myers ..

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Text by Andy Votel, February, 2021 :

"This LP forms a performed index to a body of artwork called'Obstacle Corpus' that processes drawing, writing, photographic and book works, video and sound. For the recording, I alternated between two pianos played at once while performing a spoken text. The text was written in two parts, using the titles of 75 so-called'Obstacle' artworks made during 2019, dispersed into a new text entitled'Field' that was written in the form of a drawing. Tape recordings of the performance were exposed to magnetic fields and amplified back through a piano using electromagnetic and physical contact with its strings, making a circuit that occasionally emitted sparks while short-circuiting during the recording.
--Rick Myers, December, 2021

It was only a matter of time before Rick Myers' journey as a visual artist, film maker and writer finally converged with the phonographic format, and for those who have followed his 30 year developments from celebrated graphic designer through to his self-propelled multidisciplinary artistic exploits, it has been nothing less than a waiting game. Alongside a seemingly endless list of performances and exhibitions which count MoMA NYC, The National Poetry Library in London, White Columns in New York and The Onassis Cultural Center in Athens amongst his hosts (not to mention The Library of Congress, Harvard University, Stanford University and Tate Britain who are custodians of his Artist Books and project archives) It is perhaps Rick's lesser known involvement with Primary Information publishers and his painstaking work in restoring and reissuing the seminal Broken Music index that will resonate most profoundly with record buyers and patrons of a particular strain of so-called Non-Music. It might take Rick a while to agree with the notion that his own long awaited aural gestures would at one time reserve their own entry in Ursula Block's and Michael Glasmeier's said tome, but he'd be fighting a losing battle. There's also a chance that none of the above is particularly relevant given that this Mancunian raised and Massachusetts based “doer” could have released a record like this at anytime in his life, the question was always, when? Speaking as a longtime friend, the noise on this record might as well be the sound of the enigmatic “Rick Myers” if one had asked a trained composer to score music based on the man's personality alone ... Obviously I'm not surprised that Rick made this record himself, but I am very pleasantly astonished how accurately he has managed to further communicate his own art via this very relevant medium. To bring words like emotive, sensitive, beguiling and, at a risk, magical, to the table when discussing art-records made in a similar mould would be a rare exception, but with Obstacle # 80: Indices, Rick Myers might be breaking more ground than he intended. For those of us that require categories such as non-music, anti-music and broken-music to predetermine how we listen to a record ... well why on earth do you keep using the word Music in the first place? Obstacle # 80: Indices is maybe a genuine non-music record for people who also actually like music a bit. Let's say the noises engraved on this piece of plastic are a handy by-product of Rick Myers' artistic disciplines that will also appeal to people who appreciate Popol Vuh, François Tusques, Karel Goeyvaerts, Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, AR Luciani, Katalin Ladik , Jean Guérin, Igor Whakevitch, Milan Grygar, Jean Dubuffet and even the prepared piano film soundtracks of Andrzej Korzynski and Jean-Claude Vannier. Does that sound good? The nuts and bolts behind the making of this album is the business of Rick's art practice (which you can look forward to reading about elsewhere) but let's just say: You had me at Two Open Pianos, Magnetic Fields and Transducer Mic. The mechanically manipulated spoken text found here is also the sound of an unabashed Mancunian putting his balls on the line some 3,500 miles away from his comfort zone, which for me, as someone who buys too many records, encapsulates a very precious energy rarely committed to vinyl in this elongated apple zed era. For those who hold phrases like REAL DEAL in reverence then this belongs in your custody, for those who have not yet “broken” the seal, then listen now and learn later.  

Artist: Rick Myers

Label: CEJERO

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Rick Myers, an artist / writer from Manchester, England, in December 2021This record was released on the experimental label Cejero in Copenhagen, Denmark, limited to 300 copies.

Includes sound poetry ~ 2 collage songs, about 40 minutes. DL code included.The following is a commentary by the writer himself.

This LP forms an index played on a group of works called "Obstacle Corpus" that includes drawings, texts, photographs, book works, videos and sounds.In the recording, I played the spoken text, alternating between the two pianos.The text was distributed into a new text named "Field", using the titles of the 2 so-called "obstacles" artwork produced during 2019, and was written in two parts in a drawing format. ..The tape that recorded the performance was exposed to a magnetic field, amplified using the physical contact between the electromagnetic waves and the strings of the piano, creating a circuit that occasionally sparked while short-circuiting during recording, and was played through the piano.
--Rick Myers, December 2021

It was only a matter of time before Ric Meyers' journey as a visual artist, film maker and writer finally converged on the gramophone format.For those who have followed his 30-year development from a prominent graphic designer to a variety of self-promoting artistic activities, it was nothing more than a long-awaited one.It hosts countless performances and exhibitions (not to mention the Library of Congress and Harvard University), including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Poetry Library in London, the White Column in New York, and the Onasis Cultural Center in Athens. ..Little is known about his involvement with Stanford University and Tate Britain, who keep Rick's artist books and project archives, but perhaps the ones that most deeply affect record buyers and so-called non-musical patrons. It will be the restoration and re-release of the index of the primary information publisher and his hard work, Broken Music.Rick may take some time to agree with the idea that the auditory gesture he had been waiting for would book the item once in the books of Ashura Brock and Michael Grasmeyer, but he You will lose the battle.Given that this Mankunian-raised Massachusetts-based "actor" was able to release such records at any time in his life, and the problem is always "when", the above It is possible that none of them are particularly relevant.As a longtime friend, the sounds on this record are a mysterious "Rick" if you ask a trained composer to compose music solely on this man's personality. It may be the sound of "Myers" ...Of course, I'm not surprised that Rick made this record himself, but I'm very happy to be surprised that he succeeded in communicating his own art more accurately through this highly relevant medium. ..Rick Myers in Obstacle # 80: Indices, with the rare exception of the words emotional, sensitive, beginning, and risky magical when discussing art records made in similar formats. May be exploring more territory than he intended.Why continue to use the word music in the first place for those of us who are trying to decide how to listen to records in categories such as non-music, anti-music, and broken music.Obstacle # 80: Indicators may actually be a genuine non-musical record for those who like a little music.The noise carved into this piece of plastic is a useful by-product of Rick Myers' artistic discipline: Popol Vuh, François Tusk, Karel Gavers, Gruppo di Improvise ione Nuva Consonanza, AR Luciani. , Catalin Radick, Jean Guerlain, Igor Wakevic, Milan Grigger, Jean Dubfe, and those who also appreciate the film soundtracks of Andrey Kordinsky and Jean Claude Banier's prepared pianos.Do you feel good?Behind the scenes of the production of this album is Rick's artistic business (read another article about this), but let's say this here. I fascinated me with two open pianos, a magnetic field, and a transducer mic.The mechanically manipulated audio text here is the sound of an unabashed Mankunian betting his ball 2 miles away from a comfortable place, and for me who buy too many records, this slender The precious energy that is rarely entrusted to records in the days of Apple Zet is condensed. Those who are in awe of phrases like REAL DEAL should have this album at hand, and those who haven't unsealed yet should listen now and learn later.It's an important point to get a cosmic dividend. ――――Andy Votel

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

Edition of 300.


Obstacle # 80: INDICES is a spoken text for two pianos and piano strings, transducer, tape and magnetic fields.

Written between 2019 og 2020 and performed in July and August 2020 by Rick Myers. Recorded by Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab, Easthampton, Mass, and edited and mixed by Rick Myers at the Cabin Studio, Easthampton, Mass. Additional magnetic fields added by Madeleine Myers ..

***********************

Text by Andy Votel, February, 2021 :

"This LP forms a performed index to a body of artwork called'Obstacle Corpus' that processes drawing, writing, photographic and book works, video and sound. For the recording, I alternated between two pianos played at once while performing a spoken text. The text was written in two parts, using the titles of 75 so-called'Obstacle' artworks made during 2019, dispersed into a new text entitled'Field' that was written in the form of a drawing. Tape recordings of the performance were exposed to magnetic fields and amplified back through a piano using electromagnetic and physical contact with its strings, making a circuit that occasionally emitted sparks while short-circuiting during the recording.
--Rick Myers, December, 2021

It was only a matter of time before Rick Myers' journey as a visual artist, film maker and writer finally converged with the phonographic format, and for those who have followed his 30 year developments from celebrated graphic designer through to his self-propelled multidisciplinary artistic exploits, it has been nothing less than a waiting game. Alongside a seemingly endless list of performances and exhibitions which count MoMA NYC, The National Poetry Library in London, White Columns in New York and The Onassis Cultural Center in Athens amongst his hosts (not to mention The Library of Congress, Harvard University, Stanford University and Tate Britain who are custodians of his Artist Books and project archives) It is perhaps Rick's lesser known involvement with Primary Information publishers and his painstaking work in restoring and reissuing the seminal Broken Music index that will resonate most profoundly with record buyers and patrons of a particular strain of so-called Non-Music. It might take Rick a while to agree with the notion that his own long awaited aural gestures would at one time reserve their own entry in Ursula Block's and Michael Glasmeier's said tome, but he'd be fighting a losing battle. There's also a chance that none of the above is particularly relevant given that this Mancunian raised and Massachusetts based “doer” could have released a record like this at anytime in his life, the question was always, when? Speaking as a longtime friend, the noise on this record might as well be the sound of the enigmatic “Rick Myers” if one had asked a trained composer to score music based on the man's personality alone ... Obviously I'm not surprised that Rick made this record himself, but I am very pleasantly astonished how accurately he has managed to further communicate his own art via this very relevant medium. To bring words like emotive, sensitive, beguiling and, at a risk, magical, to the table when discussing art-records made in a similar mould would be a rare exception, but with Obstacle # 80: Indices, Rick Myers might be breaking more ground than he intended. For those of us that require categories such as non-music, anti-music and broken-music to predetermine how we listen to a record ... well why on earth do you keep using the word Music in the first place? Obstacle # 80: Indices is maybe a genuine non-music record for people who also actually like music a bit. Let's say the noises engraved on this piece of plastic are a handy by-product of Rick Myers' artistic disciplines that will also appeal to people who appreciate Popol Vuh, François Tusques, Karel Goeyvaerts, Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, AR Luciani, Katalin Ladik , Jean Guérin, Igor Whakevitch, Milan Grygar, Jean Dubuffet and even the prepared piano film soundtracks of Andrzej Korzynski and Jean-Claude Vannier. Does that sound good? The nuts and bolts behind the making of this album is the business of Rick's art practice (which you can look forward to reading about elsewhere) but let's just say: You had me at Two Open Pianos, Magnetic Fields and Transducer Mic. The mechanically manipulated spoken text found here is also the sound of an unabashed Mancunian putting his balls on the line some 3,500 miles away from his comfort zone, which for me, as someone who buys too many records, encapsulates a very precious energy rarely committed to vinyl in this elongated apple zed era. For those who hold phrases like REAL DEAL in reverence then this belongs in your custody, for those who have not yet “broken” the seal, then listen now and learn later.  

Artist: Rick Myers

Label: CEJERO