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Mesmerizing solo percussion album for tam-tam, from the founder of AMM. Studio recordings from 2005. Here is Eddie's description of how the title track of this CD came about: "
is virtually autonomous. The tam-tam was suspended upon its usual rectangular frame. In this instance a battery driven electric motor was set up alongside the tam-tam with wire threads fanning out from a small rotating wheel. I set this in motion and retired to the control room to watch and listen with the recording engineer (Sebastian Lexer) as the tam-tam (as it were) told its own story. Various processes came into play. The fanning wires beat the edge of the tam-tam and began to set up numerous overtone patterns -- due in part to the irregular shape of the wheel motion. These were enhanced, diverted and changed by a gradual oscillating motion as the rotating beaters began to push the tam-tam on its suspending rope (creating a gentle swinging movement), and by the gradual diminishing power of the motor. This process was played out until the batteries were depleted. As a composer, I am struck by the similarities that this approach has to certain experimental tendencies in the world of composition. Various pieces spring to mind that are concerned with setting up a physical situation and then allowing it to play itself out, with no more than a gentle nudge from the performer. Steve Reich's 'Pendulum Music,' Takehisa Kosugi's 'Micro 1' and Alvin Lucier's 'Music on a Long Thin Wire' are all works concerned with revealing the potentiality of materials and allowing those materials to sound themselves, where, after initiating the process, the performer steps back and listens with the rest of the audience."
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