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Label & Cat.Number: Quakebasket QB28
Release Year: 2014
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €12.00
More Info"Williams Mix Extended is a new interpretation of John Cage's 'Williams Mix' by Werner Dafeldecker and Valerio Tricoli, originally scored for magnetic tape in 1952, made in Berlin in 2011/2012.
Approaching the original score from a contemporary perspective, this new interpretation of Williams Mix contains a close analysis of the relationship between early tape music and current digital production. Williams Mix Extended has an duration of 32 minutes whereas the original is 4 minutes and 15 seconds long. The difference between the two durations is generated by the transposition of the score's specifications from tape to digital audio software. To complete Williams Mix Extended a library of approximately 2000 different sounds is used, all recorded by Dafeldecker and Tricoli.
'Williams Mix' (1952) is an 8 channel electro-acoustic composition that has a special standing in the oeuvre of early tape music, in that the work was realized in the studio according to an already completed score. In those days, composers usually generated their tape pieces directly out of their studio working process. But in the case of Williams Mix, Cage's mode of composition called for the realization of preliminary fixed written notations whose musical parameters were derived through chance operations (I Ching divination). The 192 page score is, as Cage referred to it, a kind of 'dressmaker's pattern' showing, in 1:1 ratio, how the 8 monophonic tapes (running simultaneously) should be spliced, and what kind of sound should be recorded within each 'tape slice'. The sounds are categorized as follows: A: city sounds; B: country sounds; C: electronic sounds; D: manually produced sounds, including the literature of music; E: wind produced sounds, including songs; F: small sounds requiring amplification to be heard with others." [label info]
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