4-months late introductory text :
Sorry for posting this text 4 months after the release. I had originally planned to make an audio introductory text, read by me over some background music, which would have been the first track of the release, essentially saying what I’m about to say here, but in a much more obscure way, because at this period I was listening to a lot Goodiepal stuff and he does this kind of things all the time.
But when it came out last July I was kind of busy/lazy and never did record anything (which maybe is not so bad after all).
The making of « Living Music » started when I bought a 4-tracks tape recorder (for a very little amount of money), originally in order to record some house music tracks, but quickly started using it to sample vinyl. I started making loops in the most primitive manner, by pressing record and then pause, over and over again. I thought the loops made by pause-play method sounded in an utterly awkward and interesting way, because you cannot be 100% precise in the timing, so there’s some fluctuation in the looping. Add to this the tape hiss, the subtle gliding effect created by the starting wheel and the fact that I was using already used tapes, and so you can hear traces of the previously recorded material that wasn’t erased properly, you basically have the concept of « Living Music », a music that sorts of live it’s own life (that of a cheap 4-tracks recorder).
Then came the idea that it could also be « living music » for the people who listen to it. I mean, actually music to listen to in your everyday life, as background music, tidy your room, work, do your dishwashing. I had this idea of such low-key kind of music that it fits everywhere, somehow reminding you of other things you’ve listened. A sort of soundtrack for your daily life, not present enough to get annoying and which puts you in a pleasant, light nostalgia.
There is the idea of a surrealistic feel too, because by pasting (not-always-so) cheesy pop samples with jazz and world music you can end up with very unusual sonic worlds ; )
The hardest part was to find a coherent sequencing for what seems at first sight a random collage of samples. There is definitely a logic in the album as it is presented now, and it’s meant to be listened as a whole thing, because individual tracks don’t mean much on their own. Also untitled tracks are not less important than those with names, nor is the converse. My two personal favorites are « kate croy » and « 17 untitled », so you see there are no big rules.
Thanks for listening ! Since it’s free download, your listening is the only reward I get, and it’s by far the most important.
« Living Music » is a project I’ve been carrying from september 2013 to june 2014. Scott has been supporting it from an early stage, and all my thanks go to him.
22 November 2014
Previously from AIlanthus Recordings: