The starting point for this album was the suit of Diamonds. In Norway we call this suit “ruter”. Ruter refers to the geometric shape found on the cards, but the word can also mean windows. This led to the idea that these 12 tracks should not only represent the 12 cards in the suit, but also have a narrative connected to 12 windows in my house. Windows are also interesting in terms of the fact that they are see-through, but also able to reflect. Considering this I decided that every track should describe events both inside and outside of each window. So, this is an album with a narrative. Instrumental (art) music that attempts to describe a narrative musically, is often called program music. The narrative might be presented as a text (program notes), through the piece’s title etc. In light of this, I decided that this would be an album of program music. I am sure there are people who will argue that this isn’t proper program music, in regards to it not being “classical I am sure there are people who will argue that this isn’t proper program music, in regards to it not being “classical music”/art music. I could of course make an argument and discuss this, but I will not. You just have to accept that the music you are about to hear, and the accompanying text is composed according to my interpretations of what the term program music contains.
releases September 3, 2021
Design + Artwork – Phil/Tone Burst Mastering: Jørgen Kirksæther @Transistor Mastering All tracks written & produced by T. Jervell Track 2 contains a sample from ChromaDots «Nebel sei dies Leben» Track 13 lyrics written by Arne C. Jervell
For all the love, inspiration, advice, help, co-operation/creation and conversations, Thank you: Guro and the kids, Arne, Rune Opdahl, Kristoffer Aars, Phil, Barry, Friends and family, Mr. Bosanquet, Bjørn Andor Drage, Bodvar Drotninghaug Mœ & Jørgen Kirksæther.
Strings, reeds, magnetics and other amped-up items…
Trouble or Fortune – Ochón a Leanbh yvette young – midwest emo on crack riff Danny Clay + Matt Atkins – A3 – Minimal Resource Manipulation Dream Division – The Devil Rides Out – Library Of The Occult Drew Mulholland – Frozen Sound In Ember – Library Of The Occult The Unseen – Newlywed Arrival – Library Of The Occult there are no birds here – sidereal-skafer – Hreám Recordings Old Amica – Log – Fox Food Records Fatwires – Foundation Haze – Depth of Field – The music of John Del Stephen – Soon moving moon Allenheimer – Train – Unfiled Damselfly St James Infirmary – The Harrow Ways (reprise) SAH – Intimacy – Reel Long Overdub Walrus Ghost & Max Frankl – Corners – Hush Hush Records Michele Andreotti – LA STRADA – Lᴏɴᴛᴀɴᴏ Series sweetearthflying – inative penetration Duelling Ants – Porous Ambalek – Glistening in Thin Sunshine – Seil Records The Humble Bee & Benoît Pioulard – Per – dauw ghost and tape – hatch – Home Normal Curved Light – Lucky Stumble themawt – vocal harmony 4 Hardworking Families – Small Feedbacks – TQN-aut melodium – wreckage Shadowgraphs – Tuolumne by Night (Interlude) Mike Coykendall – Something To Chew On – Field Hymns Records kageraw – melodiuma Dorcha – me_ets Sunday Morning Kitchen Crew – The Orange Martyrs – House Of Spin Posset – Last bus back to the West End of Newcastle – TQN-aut Ash Cooke – Reptiles – TQN-aut
Again with the music lacking percussion. Tonal textures moving at various tempos.
Hal Walker – Low Key Gliding (extended) Curd Duca – Touch Gregor Dys – zwischen den jahren Petr Válek – Doma Music for Ji.hlava 2020 Janíček, Procházka – 1 Krekso feat. Agnes Hvizdalek – You Are Efficient Claude & Ola – spaces in red – Steep Gloss Yann Tiersen – Porz Goret Lela Clawson-Miller – Harmonium Drone Sigmund Krähe – Organ 73 Carina Robin Parmar – Pack Ice Claude & Ola – Red Ice Peter B – Deer Biphenyl autotectonic – Atoms of the Mass The Dura Hotel – The Magic Lovers Uumans – At the Hospital Live At The Music Gallery – The Puppetmaster Paul DeMarinis – Forest Booties (1978) featuring The Pygmy Gamelan
Digging through almost 20 years of previously unheard documents. A Barry Joseph Cullen Retrospective.
The title is inspired by Seamus Heaney’s poem Digging. What we do, how we make. The value of an archive, the power of reflection. History is never truly past, its ability to influence us continues to be felt in the present.
Original: “Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests. I’ll dig with it.”
Remix: “Between my finger and my thumb The soldering iron rests. I’ll make with it.”
A – 190614 edit Live recording from a week-long mini festival at PS2 gallery, Belfast. Round Buttons Square Tones co-curated with Min Hyong Kim. An instrument/system was built using reclaimed metal dishes, solenoids activated by a 555 timer circuit (taken from D. Holzer’s Tonewheels project) with piezo transducers fed into DIY distortion effects; Fuzz Face, Tone Bender MKII, Little Big Muff. A short performance gaining complexity & intensity.
2 – 240419 04 edit One of several takes. An improvisation using DIY eurorack modules. Learning to use Turing Machine through play. VCFs as generators and LFOs as clocks & modulators. Swaying from melodic to dissonant and back.
3 – guitar tuner bow fan eavesdropping (outro edit v1) This piece was made by combining a number of materials that were available for play at the time. An early example of ‘Drone’ in my practice. The guitar was still central to my instrumentation but extended approaches were becoming more important. The guitar was later stolen in a burglary and attention turned to other methods of making music.
4 – 3KFCN able v2 A short study showing the 3KFCN circuit as a feedback tone generator. A multi track recording with tuning by ear. A stack of improvisation. Slow. The result of cumulative play and listening practice.
5 – newton’s cat One of several pieces made using the Newton’s 12 Mins Companion Box with a Copycat tape echo. Noise bursts and rhythm created by layering improvisations. No editing was required.
6 – moving 1 improv One of several recordings made exploring Jasuto Pro, an iPhone app which facilitates dynamic tone play via gesture. A synth patch for live manipulation, to facilitate a new performance routine. This recording was captured from rehearsals for a performance using bass guitar through multiple DIY fuzz boxes (M.I.A).
7 – newt FKE mod v1 Companion Box (Newton’s 12 Mins) and Koma Field Kit Effects. Improvisation around a patch made to test & learn the Field Kit’s capabilities.
8 – broken lights This was made after remixing a reactive & generative AV software patch I made during my MA studies at SARC. I was living in Al Khuwair in Muscat. The neighbourhood was well lit. I found a few flickering electric lights. I took short videos and made a silent video composition; a grid of nine loops. The video triggered sine waves in max/msp/jitter. An array of frequencies depending on a previous monochrome frame difference. This is a response. There was a lack of electronic music in the location. I made my own.
9 – sarc fender contact mic Waiting in a practice room with band hardware. Instead of browsing on my phone, I used what was available to do creative work. Contact mic, bass amp and a portable recorder. The routine was to slowly change each EQ knob from high to low.
10 – Bent 4.5v B&W Companions & Ellie 7 This piece is one of a number of improvised pieces recorded with a set up including two Companion Boxes (Black & White), a circuit bent instrument containing a number of rewired sound effect makers and a Comet filter, Ellitone multi-synth and looper pedal. Routine of setting a start loop and improvising.
J – Texture Test 261017 02 Using Resolume to animate an audio arrangement. Dancing fragments of workshop test signals.
Q – CNTRL RM CNC v31 This piece was made from field recordings made in the control room at SARC. This track uses the sound of a CNC machine cutting the edges of a PCB. The recording was edited and arranged using Avenue. The resulting audio sounds a little like a cello ensemble.
Joker – Stockhausen tells us to go to the studio 3 may 2004 @ opening concert at SARC Belfast.
The first of a 4 part series entitled ‘Follow Suit’ will be released tomorrow. Themed around a deck of cards, each part will be released on cassette and will come with one suit of cards, all housed in a playing cards style box. So for any completists among you, you’ll have a full deck if you collect all 4. If you aren’t yet familiar with our artefacts and objects our usual merch disclaimer applies. ‘Each item is assembled by hand. The mark of the maker can be found on the surface of the items, showing the efforts to manipulate materials and minimise waste. For us, an imperfect artefact for sale is preferable to a usable flaw in the dump.’
Part 1 is ‘Winter Pines‘ by Chromadots and tells a story of Hearts. ‘Storytelling Sonics. A time documented. Dictated by situation & location. Led by emotion. A long story. Not the record that was planned but a lesson in allowing music to “grow and thrive”, organically. Learning and accepting that this was the only record possible. Unpopular Love Songs.’
Winter Pines will be available tomorrow at 3pm GMT. Thanks You
BJC – ravenhill neighbours trivial pursuit Sam Gendel – P&P IS a fISh – Lowrag March Wreaths – Golden Threads From Riven Rot BJC – Cross TV pc radio 1 Subfusc – Boxed In Richard Dawson – Felon fallgatter – CV_Tape squarepusher – Conc 2 Symmetriac dulcidrone – Gauze Like oren ambarchi – Passage BJC – Cross frying lid on off Wodorosty – A little lightning bathes in the green eye Hannah Peel – Wind Shadow Hainbach – Die Wahl Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – Movement 1 Mark Tester – Vibe In Green-House – Soft Meadow Sam Gendel and Sam Wilkes – IRISH chromadots – Lone Ear
Fringe Tones can be heard online Mon-Fri 21:00-22:00