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CORNFORD, STEPHEN - Domestic Music

Format: MC
Label & Cat.Number: More Mars MM37
Release Year: 2021
Note: strong release by this sculptor, musician and sound artist from UK (running the CONSUMER WASTE label), based on prepared piano sounds.. => "In the atmosphere of the album, there is a diffuse sense of isolation. The recordings seem to have been made in an empty room, with enough focus on the action and a ritualistic sense of the piano manipulation, using metallic objects and wooden sticks." [soundtraag] - lim. 90 numbered copies
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A state of enclosure" was recorded May 2020 for AMPLIFY 2020: quarantine.
"A finite number of rooms" was recorded June 2020 for the Building A Better Reality Black Lives Matter benefit compilation on JMY Music.
Both are loosely based pages from A Score for Piano written by Sarah Hughes in 2010.
"After their departure" consists of a hearth recording made in January 2021 and a cassette recorded years before and found again in March 2021.

Thanks to Sarah Hughes, Jon Abbey & Brent Gutziet.

https://moremars.bandcamp.com/album/domestic-music-2



"I had a long time to see a new album by Stephen Cornford, the co-founder of Consumer Waste. Stephen is a sound artists from England that in the past he gave us some very interesting sound works and installations, using handmade electronics and reel to reel cassette recorder. His works like Six Tape Machines & Pinched Tapes #1 was for a long time a usual soundtrack of my listening room.

On Domestic Music, Stephen Cornford tried for this album a new sound palette, based on home recordings of a prepared piano. The three tracks that can be found here comes mainly from a piano, played unexpectedly, with piano tunes produced mostly from objects that harms the piano strings. In the atmosphere of the album, there is a diffuse sense of isolation. The recordings seem to have been made in an empty room, with enough focus on the action and a ritualistic sense of the piano manipulation, using metallic objects and wooden sticks. The Last song After their Departure seems to be a very personal composition, a modern requiem, with piano and fire to be the only materials of the instrumentation." [soundtraag]