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Fugue State

Fugue State

Fugue State, the September entry in the Eleven Clouds project, is a 43' CD-R packaged in a vinyl pocket. This conceptual process piece was created in the following way. Utilizing his persona on the i hate music electronic message board the artist initiated a thread on the subject of improvisation in 2010 (for which, see here). While a participant in this thread it was of course allowed to proceed normally and after several days it had generated several pages of responses. The first page, plus one post, of responses were then collected into a text file with minimal editing (primarily web addresses were changed into text) which was then read aloud utilizing the OS X "Alex" voice and recorded to a file. The resultant audio file was used to create a source audio file which contained silences corresponding to the amount of time in between posts (scaled to 1 minute = 1 second). This new file was burned to CD-R and was played in the worlds cheapest compact disc player, through a very cheap FM transmitter, captured by a nearby FM radio (also cheap) and fed into a Nord Micro Modular. The patch the Micro Modular was running (pictured below) was designed to radically transform input, particularly frequency modulated input and patterns of speech. While any text run through this system would lead to similar sound, the pace, feel and structure of this piece depend on the source material. In this way the twelve people who participated in this thread up to the cut-off point can be thought of as collaborators in this piece.

Fugue State Patch
Nord Micro Modular patch utilized in this piece

How to acquire a copy

Fugue State is released in an addition of twelve (12) and is available only to the collaborators on the project. If you are one of the twelve people who participated in the State of Improvisation 2010 thread between 1:29 on September 8th and 7:12 on September 9th please send you mailing address to the electronic mail address below.

For more information please feel free to contact us at mgmt AT hollowearthrecordings DOT com.

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