Discus 3CD Network volume one
55 music miniatures
The NETWORK CD project began in 1993 when Martin
Archer placed adverts in the world-wide music press inviting tapes of compositions or
improvisations with a maximum duration of 90 seconds. Archer selected 55 pieces for digital
editing into one continuous flow of music which is heard on the CD. Release is funded equally
by all participants, who then share equally in sales. NETWORK exists as a world-wide contact
and information exchange for creative musicians working in any genre. The project is on-going,
with future volumes in preparation. Volume One, full details below, was released in October 1994.
- 1 Warren Burt Etude 28 ( in 40 tone equal temperament) Made with a commercial drum machine program used in unconventional ways, this microtonal work, (one in a series of 39) is a homage to the modernist microtonal and mechanical piano pioneers of the twentieth century.
- 2 Jenni Roditti Epic a Niente (1 : 30) Jenni Roditti - all voices & keyboard : Steve Parr - keyboards. Two characters state their opposing positions then come to mutual agreement when they realize things could change.
- 3 Mick Beck Jasmine (1 : 30) Tenor saxophone. A feline intrusion demonstrating all the usual poise and fey qualities of that family.
- 4 Stirfry Vein (1 : 30) Simon Vincent - keyboards : David Pullin - saxophones : Colin Brady - drums. Did this improvisation really happen ? Note Pullin's tastefully restrained work on this piece.
- 5 MC North Wind The Annihilation of Stars (2 : 00) Proteus MPS+ Orchestral. Dedicated to Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century German synthesizer player whose woodcut representations of migraine-induced hallucinations inspired this composition for random LFOs and long decay sounds. Her sophisticated music continues to resonate in much the same way.
- 6 Richard Leigh String Quartet - 4th Movement (con moto) (1 : 34) The Almira Quartet : Simon Chalk - violin 1 : Ian Davidson - violin 2 : Neil Davis - viola : Sean Gilde - cello. Part of a work first performed by the Isis Quartet in May 1989, which has since received several further performances including the final of the 1992 Cornelius Cardew Composers Competition by the Smith Quartet. Published by Lynwood Music, 2 Church St, Hagley, West Midlands.
- 7 Tonino Miano S.B.J. 3 (1 : 28) Sequencer and Yamaha SY85 Born Messina (Italy) 1967. Studied piano and musicology at University of Bologna. Recently relocated to New York, and presently involved in contemporary improvisation scene.
- 8 Daniel Weaver 1 HO N&C in 90s (1 : 30) One hour of news and comment condensed into 90 seconds by pause button editing. Daniel Weaver appears courtesy of Hot Air Releases.
- 9 Future Destination Detroit Sound (1 : 26) D Malin - keyboards : M Reynolds - rhythms : J Ballinger - producer & percussion. Influences taken from the Detroit Sound that never gets too hard edged. This is true to its roots.
- 10 Primates Semi - colon (0 : 50) Martin Archer - alto saxophone : John Jasnoch - acoustic guitar : Angie Rosenfeld - cello. An instant composition by a trio whose origins are from apes, country blues and classical music respectively.
- 11 Shaks Western Geophysical (1 : 30) Roland Juno 80, Casio CZ 101, Tascam 8 track, Allen & Heath AHB System 8, Microverb, Yamaha FX 500. I hope when you listen to this track you start to daydream. I am a daydreamer myself, and I hope this reflects in my work.This piece of music (if you can call it that) is trying to depict a sunken ship deep beneath the haunting ocean.
- 12 Glen Capra 21st Century Bumble Bee (0 : 53) Technics SX - PX 107 digital piano. Both my compositions on this CD are attempts at addressing the question of how much musical information we can assimilate before becoming overburdened. We all have filters, both psychological and sensual, that save us from overloading on the input of the world; (continued on track 33)
- 13 Perm Ferrets Eidetic Imagery (1 : 14) Theo Guarduse - percussion : Bart D McWilliams - malfunctioning Jen SX - 2000. Short excerpt from an improvised piece.
- 14 Mark Ingleby Steam in There Colin Crawley - tenor saxophone (& solo) : Felicity Vernon - baritone saxophone : Mark Ingleby - alto saxophone : Chris Rodell - fretless bass : David Hawthorne - drums. ( All saxophones triple tracked.) A tale of male misdemeanour performed by members of Jazz Art Directive. Thanks to Ornette in the shower.
- 15 Transient v Resident Fogwatch (1 : 20) Martin Archer - synthesizer : Chris Bywater - synthesizers & electronics....... he was finally run to ground in one of those ramshackle sea wind battered wooden holiday chalets high on the east cliffs ......
- 16 Nicky Heinen Umbilical Accord (1 : 30) This piece is created and performed by myself combining free improvisation on flute and jaws harp with radio sound waves resembling birdsong and other sounds of nature. A tribute to the omniprescence and musicality common to every form of sound, transcending all boundaries without strife. Pity mankind cannot strike such accord.
- 17 Alquimia AFATTOD (1 : 27) Alquimia - voices, synthesizers, percussion, flutes, electronic effects. Recorded in Mexico City. Aztec Festivities at the Tlilan Temple of Darkness. Edited from the CD "Coatlicue - Goddess of the Earth". Alquimia is a Mexican vocalist and musician currently based in London. Her work embraces rock, pop, experimental and avant - garde music. CD available through FAME (see track 51).
- 18 Crazy People Stuff Shore Beautiful (1 : 18) Dylan Bates - violin : Annabelle Simmons - cello : Roland Bates - piano. This is a free jazz hymn. FREEDOM ... Beyond any feelings with regard to tonality, freedom denotes the personal area in our music making, where love silently blossoms. Joyfully we offer this work to all the wayfarers who will soon dance down from trackless welkins , to increase our freedom beyond all measure.
- 19 Alfred Harth A-men est Omen, Nemo est Nomen (1 : 42) Alfred Harth - sampler : Peter Fey - mix : FTF Studio, Frankfurt a.M. Ohne worte.
- 20 Stephen Haywood Bubblegum (1 : 29) Roland W30, Alesis Midiverb II FX, Zoom 9001 Multi FX, Fostex 2016 mixer, Sony TCD DAT. The past : Bubblegum was put together in six hours, with a little help from James and Ray. The future : I want to write and record electronic music professionally, and I plan to open a studio for myself and likeminded individuals. Thanks to : Philip, Petra and my family.
- 21 Chris Kant Gift of the Gab Atari, Roland D10, various guitars. It has been reported that rock music is dying; there is no other way to account for the weird noises it makes.
- 22 Ian Harris Proximities No.3 (1 : 27) Andrew Behrend - piano. I construct my music from fragments implying different states of mind, mirroring my experience of media such as film and film music. (continued on track 43).
- 23 Martin Read While You Here Do Snoring Lie (1 : 30) Timothy Pride - counter tenor : Sylvia Harper - cor anglais : Stuart Marchant - bass clarinet : Lynn Cartwright - harmonium :Martin Read - synthesized bells. Made three weeks after a production of "The Tempest", this recording is an attempt, without the constraints of theatrical considerations, to get as close to my ideal version as possible. The use of harmonium in the score was the idea of producer Edward Tomlin, after hearing a work by Dvorjak on the radio.
- 24 Michael W Evans Improvisation for solo percussion For me this improvisation exemplifies an aurally playful dance that combines certain systems of order with childlike choices of soundmaking. The orchestra, (the Mr. Haney Kit), a typical drumset / percussion set - up, was augmented by found objects and homemade instruments. My friend and engineer Larry Z provided the outstanding microscopic miking techniques.
- 25 Jebrovia If I (1 : 29) Ged Kendrick - EMU MPS, Midiverb 3, PRO 24, HR 16. My main aim is to write and produce music, preferably for other artists / films / CD ROM etc. Influences Jeff Lynne, Al B Sure.
- 26 Jliat Jliat "J" (excerpt) (1 : 30) J & L Whitehead - SY99 and Wavestation. How and why it was made can remain a mystery !
- 27 London Labyrinth Tread East (0 : 55) Glyn Wilcox - keyboard and samples. Typically atypical of London Labyrinth. Cosmopolitan cooking wafts westward over sunlit spires and debris dungeons. Melancholy meanders through dappled doorways, vaguely venturing into brick - lined lanes, various versions of limited luxury, places of purpose or of mistaken musings. Shared air. Everything and nothing again. Til next time.
- 28 Neil Carver What do you do with a herring's eyes ? Electric guitar. This unmodified Red Guitar improvisation is dedicated to the family, the Singing Kettle and herring everywhere.
- 29 Wacah Chan Voices in the Sky (1 : 30) Adrian Newton - electronics and tapes : Lynn Davy - vocal. Yonder from the north/ The rainmaker priests/ Will make their roads come hither..../ With eagle's mist garment/ With the striped cloud wings/ And massed clouds tails/ Of all the birds of summer....(Words from a Hopi rain chant.)
- 30 Simon H. Fell Crammed With Distressing Brain (1 : 27) Charles Wharf - soprano sax : Simon H. Fell - keyboard, double bass, percussion & cough. A highly organised and rigorously serial composition for three voices, where the voices are samples of randomly selected snippets of improvisation. A bite - sized dialectic for the whole family to chew over.
- 31 Steve Bloomer Ice Creams at the Crow Park (1 : 28) Virtual guitars, keyboard marimba, the darkness of crows : played and programmed by Steve Bloomer.
- 32 Simon Kingsley Shock (1 : 30) Roland JX8P, Yamaha TX802 and S1000 sampler. Simon Kingsley (also known as Simon Running) is a sonic artist from London, England. This piece uses a filtered and processed human scream. Add to this soundscape a cow, strangled pig, horse, piano, gongs, percussion and a swarm of flies, and the listener is transported to another world.
- 33 Glen Capra Fragment of Multiplicity (1 : 28) Technics SX - PX 107 digital piano. (continued from track 12) emotions, humanity, natural and cosmic influences. The music attempts, within the confines of conventionally defined sanity, to see beyond the temporal reality of filtered existence to visualise, momentarily, the magnitude of the universe, as can be acheived, for example, via intense meditative process.
- 34 Bywater Crab Breath (1 : 10) Chris Bywater - Akai S612 sampler, Alesis Midiverb II. Crustacean respiration with pincers.
- 35 Roger Dean Fissuring Silence (1993) (1 : 16) Keyboards & electronics. Sardinian sound mingles with the industrial in chunky segments, all processed in the computer.
- 36 The Next Step Unexplained Tangents D Malin - bass : M Reynolds - rhythms : J Ballinger - producer, percussion & samples : Rico Royale - alto sax. Like the song title says - unexplained.
- 37 Felicity Vernon Sketches of Sydenham Chris Wilson - piano. This piece began as a rhythmic concept; it breaks down into five (crotchets) and three (quavers) creating a time signature of 13/8. The piece is essentially polymodal, the use of two Phrigian major 7th scales lending it a Spanish flavour (hence the title's reference to Miles' Sketches of Spain).
- 38 Locofoco Falling (1 : 38) Graham Halliwell - alto saxophone : David Pullin - soprano saxophone. Shockingly diatonic.
- 39 Sedayne The Raging of May (1 : 30) Sean Breadin - Alto clarinet, prepared guitar, cymbals, bamboo mouth organ, voice. This music was recorded on the 3rd of May 1993 in response to the rising excellence of that year - therein touched by the glad raging that twists in sap and blood and sexual vibrancy and weaves a transfiguration of all being and becoming.
- 40 John Walters' Landscape Rainfall John L. Walters - flutes : Richard Burgess - drums : Chris Heaton - electric piano : Peter Thoms - trombones : Dick Pearce - trumpet & flugel : Phil Lee - guitars : Greg Lyon - bass : Harrison Smith & Geoff Duckworth - saxes. I wrote Rainfall by stretching the melody of When It Rains It Rains (a ballad that was my first "hit"), rephrasing and revoicing it for a 17 piece jazz orchestra, under the influence of svengali Gil Evans. The title acquired a new meaning during our weekly residency at the Troubadour Club where, on wet Sunday afternoons, cold rain would leak down from the street on to Richard's neck while he drummed.
- 41 Daniel Weaver The Ecumenical Pineapple For many centuries the use of fruit in acts of worship and / or carnal abandon has helped to relieve skin complaints and promote balanced living. (For further details call me on 0602 857588). This solo for midi cello is dedicated to "The Sticky Vicar".
- 42 Primates Hot Attics (0 : 40) Martin Archer - alto saxophone : John Jasnoch - acoustic guitar : Angie Rosenfeld - cello. Another acoustic conversation between man and woman and man and man.
- 43 Ian Harris Proximities No. 5 (1 : 30) Andrew Behrend - piano. (continued from track 22). Both pieces included on this CD come from a group of six.They continue a consistent theme in my work; the idea of travel, journeys of the mind.
- 44 Richard Leigh Distant Voices (1 : 30) Richard Leigh - violin. This is the first in a set of five short sections which make up "Distant Voices". It is based upon music which I wrote earlier for a larger dance work based on Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Published by Da Capo Music Ltd., Carrington House, 92 New Road, Hedon, East Yorks. HU12 8BS.
- 45 Mick Beck Burgundy Tenor saxophone. Named after the place where these pieces were recorded under a low beam in an old farm cottage.
- 46 Beto Trinidad Lele (1 : 30) Voice, keyboard and percussion. Lele was written in a punk rock mood with lyrics referring to a whole family living happily in a mad house. The arrangement though, is based on Afro - Brazilian rhythms. The final result can be quite surprising if you are expecting the smoothness of bossa - nova or the inconsequential frivolity of carnival samba.
- 47 Ochre Mode Pact 1 (1 : 25) Evan Michailidis - keyboards & programming. Pact 1 forms part of "Sound Miniatures" composed during 1993. This series of compositions (of which Pact 1 is the first) consists of twelve works each not exceeding three minutes. Each miniature is a continuation of the previous one and also a vital starting point for the subsequent one.
- 48 Martin Archer Sonata #1 for multiple digital pianos (2 : 02) Proteus MPS+ Orchestral. Dedicated to Frank Zappa. Randomised LFOs within the presets written for this piece ensure that my sequencer gives a slightly different performance each time the file plays back.
- 49 Blaise Siwula/Philipp Lang Fish Meets Horn (1 : 30) Recorded live at the Bennin Pret Amsterdam. Lang plays a string instrument which uses a snare drum as the base. A bent rod shaped like a fish tail has strings which are passed through the drum head. Philipp Lang resides in Bern, Switzerland. Blaise Siwula plays an oryx horn that is blown like a trumpet but can be fingered like a flute. Saxophonist Blaise Siwula resides in New York, New York, USA.
- 50 Robert Godman "eye assume ........" (extract) (2 : 00) Tape work, samples produced at Les Ateliers UPIC, Paris, combined with sampled bilge pump engines. Much of my music explores the relationship between sound and other senses (can you "see" a sound or "hear" visually?) with emphasis on technology in live performance. Recent works have been constructed around ratios and pulses found in the natural harmonic series. Inaudible using live instruments, they can be created artificially (and extended) through electro-acoustic means, (e.g. on a sampling keyboard with the sampler in loop mode).
- 51 Mark Jenkins Thunder at Midnight (opening) (1 : 35) Mark Jenkins is a London based synthesist and music magazine journalist who has three CDs on release. Contact Future Age Music Express, PO Box 387, London N22 6SF. This piece is from the CD album of the same title.
- 52 Timothy Warner Hep (0 : 50) An atonal piece based on popular rhythms. The rhythms are derived from jazz and hip-hop and the pitches generated by serial technique. It was realised using a MIDI sequencer and sampler.
- 53 Colin Crawley The Man With Three Heads Soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones performed by Colin Crawley. "The man with three heads" appeared at a zebra crossing one night in New Cross, London, and winked mischievously at the waiting traffic as he crossed. The piece comprises three short themes (or "heads") juxtaposed together. The form is ABCB1C with an improvised tenor solo on the B1 sequence.
- 54 In be tween noise Sokobauno (a micro-opera) (1 : 30) Steve Roden - voice, bath house brass, ghost sample : Kevin McHugh - coronet. Music by S. Roden, libretto from "Mpala Tano" by Richard Huelsenbeck (1916)..... inspired by the words, inspired by their context and history, inspired by fragmentation and change, inspired by a sound and its simple repetition.
- 55 Mike Sugars Oje's Lullaby (1 : 17) I wrote this piece for the birth of my son, Oliver James Edward. This simple, one - take improvisation was created using a muted piano from a Yamaha TX 81Z in alternate mode.
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