Four Minutes and Thirty-Three Seconds

In honor of the 60th anniversary of John Cage’s “4:33”, we explore environment, chaos and randomness in this edition of At Water’s Edge, including a modern 4:33 remix, “4:33 At Water’s Edge”.

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John Cage: Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel II (Plexigram)
John Cage: Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel II (Plexigram)
Random Gods – likantropika (5:34)
(Came dark and silent EP, Jamendo, 2007)

Both members hailing from Andorra, Albert Bartumeu and Oriol Vilella have independently had long musical journeys, creating sound tracks for different audio-visual projects, and as members of diverse pop-rock bands. In 1996 they decided to create Likantropika, an essentially electronic project, intermingling minimalism, experimental atmospheres and a little bit of industrialism.

Albert Bartumeu: keyboards woodwinds, electronic devices
Oriol Vilella: guitars, keyboards, electronic devices

From Order into Chaos – Ombient (19:38)
(Live on Nocturnal Transmissions 01-23-2004, Ombient, 2004)

Thaw ~ Field Recordings From Minnesota (Wandering Ear, 2005)

Aural experiences frozen in time, ready to melt in your ears. Quintessential Minnesotan soundmarks (a hockey rink, lakes, geese, loons) mingle with local takes on familiar soundscapes (airport, construction site) and some accidental voice mails.

  • Overlook on Lake Superior, Night – Michelle Nagai (1:00)
  • Silver Lake – Viv Corringham (1:18)
  • Wind With Cat – Mike Hallenbeck (4:56)
  • Gooseberry Falls – Michelle Nagai (2:27)

Melt ~ Minnesota Remixed (Wandering Ear, 2006)

In 2006, the net label Wandering Ear debuted with the compilation “Thaw: Field Recordings from Minnesota”. A host of audio artists from around the world have mined these recordings as source material for remixes, bending and folding the sounds to their own ends. Ducks, geese, lakes, waterfalls, boats, helicopters, and answering machine messages are spun into new and unexpected dimensions. Every track from “Thaw” has been reworked for this compilation.

  • Modified Work Environment (for Annie Baxter) – autistici (3:53)
    Sources:
    Annie Baxter: “The Office”
  • Niche – Greg Hooper (10:04)
    Sources:
    Every track on “Thaw”
  • Migration – David Collins (3:02)
    Sources:
    (os): “Leech Lake”
    Viv Corringham: “Silver Lake”
    Michelle Nagai: “Gooseberry Falls”
  • Waveformation – Greg Surges (3:48)
    Sources:
    Michelle Nagai: “Overlook on Lake Superior, Night”
    Annie Baxter: “The Office”
    Jonathan Zorn: “The Duck Cycle
    Abinadi Meza: “Crows”
    Michelle Nagai: “Birdsong in St. Paul, Dawn”
  • Boolean Logic – Bunk Data (5:41)
    Sources:
    Michelle Nagai:”Overlook on Lake Superior, Night
    (os): “Leech Lake”
    Michelle Nagai: “Birdsong in St. Paul, Dawn”
  • Canoe Trip Drone (final) – Scott Sherk (3:17)
    Sources:
    Mike Hallenbeck: “Canoe Trip”
  • Black Hawk Circling Amongst Meza Crows Over Silver Lake – Fabio Keiner (7:12)
    Sources:
    Bryce Beverlin II: “Black Hawk Up”
    Abinadi Meza: “Crows”
    Viv Corringham: “Silver Lake”
  • Spur – Katie Gately (0:58)
    Sources:
    Jaron Childs: “Throw-Away Lines Often Ring True (accidental field recording #1, 2, 3)”
  • Avian Reduction – Joel Krutt (5:57)
    Sources:
    Jonathan Zorn: “The Duck Cycle”
    Abinadi Meza: “Crows”
  • Thaw Cracks The Ice – Simon Hampson (9:05)
    Sources:
    Greg Schaefer: “Score”
    Michelle Nagai: “Overlook on Lake Superior, Night”
    Jaron Childs: “Throw-Away Lines Often Ring True (accidental field recording #1)”
    Mike Hallenbeck: “Canoe Trip”
    Viv Corringham: “In Transit”
  • Sub – John Gore (11:56)
    Sources:
    Annie Baxter: “The Office”
    Jaron Childs: “Throw-Away Lines Often Ring True”
    Viv Corringham: “In Transit”
    Michelle Nagai: “Birdsong in St. Paul, Dawn”
  • Sleep Paralysis – Cogwheel (4:14)
    Sources:
    Greg Schaefer: “Score”
    Mike Hallenbeck: “Wind with Cat”
    Nathan Larson: “Stop and Go”
  • Canoe Trip Retoure – Lasse-Marc Riek (5:48)
    Sources:
    Mike Hallenbeck: “Canoe Trip”
  • Microchirp – Archive (5:28)
    Sources:
    Michelle Nagai: “Birdsong in St. Paul, Dawn”
  • Dotting The Eye – Ka-baalim (6:45)
    Sources:
    Viv Corringham: “In Transit”
    Bryce Beverlin II: “Black Hawk Up”
    Viv Corringham: “Silver Lake”
    Jonathan Zorn: “The Duck Cycle”
  • elur(ur)tze – Tusuri (4:08)
    Sources:
    Mike Hallenbeck: “Canoe Trip”
    Michelle Nagai: “Gooseberry Falls”
    Michelle Nagai: “Birdsong in St. Paul, Dawn”
  • We May Be In Trouble – Bryce Beverlin II (6:00)
    Sources:
    Annie Baxter: “The Office”
    Rob Danielson: “Dora Lake”
    Michelle Nagai: “Gooseberry Falls”
    Michelle Nagai: “Birdsong in St. Paul, Dawn”
  • Re-formation – Evil Creates Evil (3:35)
    Sources:
    Jaron Childs: “Throw-Away Lines Often Ring True (accidental field recording #3)”
  • Mystified’s Cyclical Mix – Mystified (4:47)
    Sources:
    Mike Hallenbeck: “Canoe Trip”
    Jaron Childs: “Throw-Away Lines Often Ring True (accidental field recording #2)”
    Abinadi Meza: “Crows”
    Jonathan Zorn: “The Duck Cycle”
  • Thaw Remix – Horchata (4:47)
    Sources:
    Michelle Nagai: “Overlook on Lake Superior, Night”
    Mike Hallenbeck: “Canoe Trip”
    Rob Danielson: “Dora Lake”
    Bryce Beverlin II: “Black Hawk Up”
    Viv Corringham: “Silver Lake”
    Michelle Nagai: “Gooseberry Falls”
    Michelle Nagai: “Birdsong in St. Paul, Dawn”

Not So Random A Life – Jason Robert (9:20)
(Manasota, Lunar Flower, 2008)

A Cognitive Chaos – M. Peck (8:59)
(Glacial, Gears of Sand, 2007)

Hailing from Delaware, M. Peck (Michael Peck) can be found at http://mpeckmusic.blogspot.com/

Random Images – Dave Fulton (7:15)
(Hard Particles, Eurock, 1999)

Recorded from 1992 to 1999. Custom electronics and synth modifications by Dave Fulton.

Depth of Chaos – Max Gruzin (8:37)
(Chaos Theory EP, Groovecaffe, 2008)

Moldavian multimedia artist and programmer Max Gruzin has been on the electronic scene for years, but this is his first showcase on the Groovecaffe label. The album contains three contemplative instrumental tracks composed especially for computer game “Theory of Chaos”.

From Chaos … (Part 1) – WOFan (7:20)
(Unreleased, Dimitri Schkoda, 2006)

Random – David Newlyn (2:03)
(Wait Here With Me, Drift Records, 2006)

Based in Durham, UK (http://davidnewlyn.bandcamp.com)

Random – Softspace (6:09)
(Room With A View, Musictrade, 2007)

Softspace is an experimental electronica artist from Gravesend, England. This is the third full album from Softspace, and to give an idea of these audio journeys, imagine Paris in 1890’s, looked through a reflection from a cracked mirror. Soft synths mixing into cyclic sound collages built from speech samples and other found sounds, with occasional rhythmic backgrounds, forming strange but beautiful impressionistic paintings of sound – each one an adventure on its own. http://archive.org/details/mt012

Sensitive Chaos – Sensitive Chaos (5:26)
(Seeker After Patterns, Sensitive Chaos, 2011)

Sensitive Chaos is Jim Combs, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has participated in many of the Different Skies festivals, and is a master of the Sequintics P3. Much of his music is sequenced live using this hardware. His work gets a great deal of airplay on space station SOMA-FM and many traditional radio stations as well.

Random Gods Revisited – likantropika (11:36)
(Moonface, Jamendo, 2007)

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