Music For Small Ensemble & Computer


MIE present Music For Small Ensemble & Computer, a double LP featuring works by Linda Lejsovka and Keith Freund. Originally self-released as two 12" records: Mold On Canvas (2014) and Fatal Strategies (2015). Written and recorded at home in Akron by Keith Freund and Linda Lejsovka, November 2013-April 2015. Features: Allison Boyt - violin (1, 8); Megan Elk - soprano (15); Evie Freund - Christmas tree (10); Flora Nevarez - violin (3, 9); Natalie Pillsbury - viola (5); Yuri Popwycz - violin (10); Andrew Rich - violin (10); Mike Silver - fretless bass and synthesizer (8); Claire Tolan - flowers, bottles, voice (12); Mike Tolan - computer (12). Mixed with help from Jacob Trombetta; Mastered by James Plotkin. Embroidery by Elyn Middleton; Design by Keith Freund. Gatefold sleeve; Edition of 500.

Keith Freund on Music For Small Ensemble & Computer: "I've always thought it'd be really cool to have someone write something smart and poetic about a release of ours, but here I am again trying to type this out myself and not have it be boring and embarrassing. I don't know, I guess I'll just be blunt and direct and hit 'send' ASAP. Music for Small Ensemble & Computer is a collection of what I call the 'DIY shitty classical' pieces me and Linda have been working on for a couple years. Using an inherited piano, freeware, and the basement floorcore spirit of discovery to trespass into a typically more rarefied style. And thankfully a few actually-trained friends lent their skills to the mess. To me, it's the sound of the two of us struggling to find peace and stability for ourselves, family, and small community in an often chaotic and hostile world. I'm really excited about this collection. We previously released these pieces on as-limited-as-possible 12" runs and went through them very quickly, so it's cool that MIE is giving them a wider issue. Linda and I have made quite a few records now, but to me this is really the closest to being 'us'. Put a headphone jack in my tombstone and have this playing. Does any of this make any sense?"