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Simon Cummings // Ma (ma) TAPE

Simon Cummings // Ma (ma) TAPE

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A cassette released by British acoustic writer Simon Cummings on the Portuguese acoustic label Cronica in 2018.

Contains 8 drone songs. DL code included.

Labels and other worksthis /// Click here to see more Cronica releases available at Tobira. 

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Edition of 100.

Text and artist bio by Cronica:

"The concept it embodies is a spatial one, specifically the gap between two discrete structural parts or elements, with associated connotations of an interval or pause. Steven Bindeman. has described while as "the simultaneous awareness of form and non-form… Ma is not created by compositional elements, but takes place in the imagination of someone who experiences these elements. Therefore it can best be defined as the experiential place that is held by an interval. "As such, while is often regarded as an embodiment of'negative space', where the apparent absence of substance or form or sound is rendered concrete and tangible.

Simon Cummings'ma cycle was developed during a dark and painful period of his life, a time when he was fixating upon silence, searching to find his artistic voice. His response took shape through meditation on the concept of ma, in which silence is not a simple absence or emptiness but rather becomes a focal point, with a shape, character, and energy that all contribute to a larger whole.

The composition process began with recordings made during the traditional Anglican service of Evensong. Everything was then removed from the recordings with the exception of the brief silences that fall between the various sections of the service, fragments of sound capturing echoes, resonances, and glimpses of ambience. These fragments were then used as the sound palette for a series of improvisations that formed the basis for each of the pieces in the cycle. They were subjected to extensive processing and sculpting, and are only occasionally heard in their raw state.

The concept of implies a certain degree of tranquility and calm, but the emphasis in this music is focused on connotations of negativity. Listening through headphones or in an extremely quiet space is especially recommended due to the quiet and subtle material that features in some of the pieces.

Simon Cummings is a composer, writer and researcher based in the Cotswolds, UK. He composes instrumental and electronic music, both of which focus upon gradual processes of transformation. His acoustic work involves highly intricate algorithmic processes rooted in carefully-defined behaviors, the music His electronic music explores the juxtaposition of noise and pitch, reappraising what defines each and their boundaries. Cummings studied composition, conducting, and organ at the Birmingham Conservatoire, at graduation being awarded the emerging from stochastic relationships in which these behaviors are juxtaposed and intermingle. Creative Studies composition prize. Aided by a substantial grant from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Cummings undertook the Sonology and Masters degree programs at the Institute for Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, at the same time studying privately with Richard Barrett in Amsterdam . He has recently completed a Ph.D. in compositionThe primary focus of his research is the exploration and development of new algorithmic and stochastic approaches to musical composition. When not composing, Cummings is an accomplished writer about new music; he is the author of contemporary / avant-garde music blog 5: 4 and contributes to assorted print and web journals.
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Artist: Simon Cummings

Label: Cronica

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A cassette released by British acoustic writer Simon Cummings on the Portuguese acoustic label Cronica in 2018.

Contains 8 drone songs. DL code included.

Labels and other worksthis /// Click here to see more Cronica releases available at Tobira. 

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

Edition of 100.

Text and artist bio by Cronica:

"The concept it embodies is a spatial one, specifically the gap between two discrete structural parts or elements, with associated connotations of an interval or pause. Steven Bindeman. has described while as "the simultaneous awareness of form and non-form… Ma is not created by compositional elements, but takes place in the imagination of someone who experiences these elements. Therefore it can best be defined as the experiential place that is held by an interval. "As such, while is often regarded as an embodiment of'negative space', where the apparent absence of substance or form or sound is rendered concrete and tangible.

Simon Cummings'ma cycle was developed during a dark and painful period of his life, a time when he was fixating upon silence, searching to find his artistic voice. His response took shape through meditation on the concept of ma, in which silence is not a simple absence or emptiness but rather becomes a focal point, with a shape, character, and energy that all contribute to a larger whole.

The composition process began with recordings made during the traditional Anglican service of Evensong. Everything was then removed from the recordings with the exception of the brief silences that fall between the various sections of the service, fragments of sound capturing echoes, resonances, and glimpses of ambience. These fragments were then used as the sound palette for a series of improvisations that formed the basis for each of the pieces in the cycle. They were subjected to extensive processing and sculpting, and are only occasionally heard in their raw state.

The concept of implies a certain degree of tranquility and calm, but the emphasis in this music is focused on connotations of negativity. Listening through headphones or in an extremely quiet space is especially recommended due to the quiet and subtle material that features in some of the pieces.

Simon Cummings is a composer, writer and researcher based in the Cotswolds, UK. He composes instrumental and electronic music, both of which focus upon gradual processes of transformation. His acoustic work involves highly intricate algorithmic processes rooted in carefully-defined behaviors, the music His electronic music explores the juxtaposition of noise and pitch, reappraising what defines each and their boundaries. Cummings studied composition, conducting, and organ at the Birmingham Conservatoire, at graduation being awarded the emerging from stochastic relationships in which these behaviors are juxtaposed and intermingle. Creative Studies composition prize. Aided by a substantial grant from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Cummings undertook the Sonology and Masters degree programs at the Institute for Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, at the same time studying privately with Richard Barrett in Amsterdam . He has recently completed a Ph.D. in compositionThe primary focus of his research is the exploration and development of new algorithmic and stochastic approaches to musical composition. When not composing, Cummings is an accomplished writer about new music; he is the author of contemporary / avant-garde music blog 5: 4 and contributes to assorted print and web journals.
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Artist: Simon Cummings

Label: Cronica