Midway through this recording, my dad called to make sure i knew the NY Philharmonic had cancelled their performance of Mahler’s “Resurrection” symphony that we had a pair of tickets to attend a few weeks from now

by Richard Kamerman

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recorded 3/29/20

microphones, speakers, feedback circuits, miscellaneous junk

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"i had all these big ideas for a real home-quarantine set, all about the domestic sounds of my apartment while weird blocks of noise played out of a pair of headphones. maybe louder if i “accidentally” unplugged them mid-recording, when i fell over a pile of file boxes, or something. it was gonna be cute and conceptual, maybe i would have pulled out other acoustic sound making devices to play along.

but i couldn’t get even the playback part right. and in my frustration, i recorded this improvisation to comfort myself, and suddenly realized it is in fact my AMPLIFY set.

the track would probably benefit from mastering, cuz it’s so dense that even though my mixer is maxed out almost all the time it doesn’t feel as loud as it is. but i don’t know how to do that both well and quickly (pick one) and given this is something i obviously struggle with in live settings, it feels even more appropriate to present in this form for the sake of the online festival. so, enjoy, and play it loud, or at least in headphones.

(also, the title is factual, i’m not inventing this. but there was too much feedback inside the system at the time for the mics to pick any of it up. it’s a bummer, both the concert cancellation and the fact that my side of our conversation wasn’t captured on the proverbial “tape”.)"

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released March 29, 2020

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