A Pulse Train - Tactus Tempus

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A Pulse Train - Tactus Tempus

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InfoLP17th March 2017

Geej Recordings is the creative coordinations of Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys and Ryan Smith of Caribou/Taraval/Jiaolong. Previously operating solely as the Canadian home for Jessy Lanza and Junior Boys it is now prepping a number of original releases to startle and delight.

First up is Tactus Tempus - a recording of two live performances of a graphic based score from 1973 by a temporary "synth supergroup" featuring members of Caribou, Floating Points, Hot Chip, Junior Boys and Simian Mobile Disco.

Tactus Tempus is a, lost, graphics based, experimental score by prolific composer Frank McCarty. The piece was originally conceived and performed in 1973 by McCarty's group BIOME on 5 EMS Synthi synthesizers. By following a set of simple, yet subjective instructions the piece begins as a sparse moire pattern of bursts and tones before evolving in density and intensity as the players symbiotically interact guided only by the illustrated curve found on the score.

This 12” LP +digital released by Geej features two new performances of the score featuring members of Caribou, Floating Points, Hot Chip, Junior Boys, Simian Mobile Disco and friends. Gathering in a rare moment of collective down time in London in July 2016 the spontaneously formed group performed the piece at Joe Goddard’s basement studio. Each participant used a separate synthesizer or modular synthesizer system and while the original slides were projected on the wall, the ensemble recorded two versions of the piece, each one recorded live in one take, lasting 15 minutes. One version is tonal the other on percussive timbre.

Artist A Pulse Train
LabelGeej