μ by 3.14… (Bandcamp Link)
Another recording I have gotten stuck on for a while, however, given the name of the artist, I set a deadline of March 14th to write it up.
Sound Sources: There are things that sound like pressurized gas escaping from a pipes or orifices flowing across a close mic. There are also things that sound slightly like toy organ drones. There are purely electronic squiggles.
Any of these are often manipulated or hacked with processing/editing or panned across the sound field.
There really isn’t much here that approaches the traditional melodic, harmonic, or rhythmic content associated with Western Musical traditions, even Electronic Dance Music or Drone. Rather, these compositions are closer to the spirit of Musique concrète, despite the fact that the sound sources seem to be produced rather than recorded.
Or closer to the way sounds sounds are repetitive without being melodic in nature or manufacturing/technology.
There is variety of volume and types sounds/processing used across the different pieces.
Though, I wouldn’t say there are aspects of drama or tension.
Or, if there is tension, it is more a curiousity about what will happen next than any sort of tension/release. And, then surprise about what does suddenly happen in the course of any given piece.
On the bandcamp page, it says “Japan”, which might indicate the artist lives in Japan or is Japanese. All of the artist’s albums are named with letters from the Greek alphabet, this one is “μ” or lowercase “mu”, the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet. All the albums on their bandcamp page were released between Spring of 2020 and Fall of 2022.
The song titles are fairly cryptic, ranging from long series of numbers to characters to random letters to single words.
I’ve been listening to it, off and on, in the car for a month or so and even though it isn’t that long, in total, it is never boring.
“All objects by 3.14. Mastered by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros”
#3Point14 #SuperPang #Mu #SP17