Silk Dune – ‘Systemic Crevice’ C33
All sound and image by Eric Frye. Recorded 12.2012 – 08.2013 in real-time stereo, no overdubs. Compositions created using computer, Eventide Eclipse digital processor and hybrid analogue / digital modular synthesizer. Images created using digital image processing and synthesis. Recorded at Ascension, 4029 and Studio de Particelle Sonore. An Alternate Version of Apnée Statique was commissioned for Ben Vida’s “Metal Fatigue Music” and was presented at Audio Visual Arts in NYC on May 5, 2013. Professionally duplicated and imprinted CrO2 cassettes. Edition of 100 (silver ink on black shells). Professionally printed, full-color 4-panel covers. Download code included with each cassette.
Jaap Blonk – ‘Songs of Little Sleep’ C52
Compositions for voice, synthesizer and computer. Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies. In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music. A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds. From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well. He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual animation and poetry. As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension. Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2002. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin. Blonk’s work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays. He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, which are being exhibited. Cover artwork realised by Jaap Blonk. Layout and design by Eric Frye. Professionally duplicated and imprinted CrO2 cassettes. Edition of 200 (silver ink on black shells). Professionally printed, full-color 4-panel covers.