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Civil Twilight

by Samuel Ekkehardt Dunscombe

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Brief description: 1200 digital oscillators; analogue synthesis; found tape.

At the beginning of the year I began working on a library of Max objects for the realisation of “plasmatic” music (referring to Horatiu Radulescu’s theory of Sound Plasma - basically what kicked off the school of Romanian Spectralism). But lately, with all my gigs cancelled, I find that I’ve lost enthusiasm for long-term planning… So rather than finishing and releasing this library, I started experimenting with these objects in a more poetic way: blending field recordings, analogue synthesis, and found sound to create big, soupy textures. I did this work “between the cracks,” whenever I had a free moment where I was not completely drained of energy (I have done lockdown with a 2.5 year old - one of the most challenging, rewarding, physically draining, mind altering experiences of my life).

The accompanying image is from outside Ludlow, near old route 66… Ghost town…

Some of the sounds in the track were found at this location. A lot of it is inspired by this location. I miss the desert (there are no deserts in Berlin).

This piece is dedicated to Sean Baxter: teacher, mentor, friend. You helped a generation of Australian musicians to (re)discover their ears. Continuum.


released May 27, 2020


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