Birds And Water, 1

by Ben Owen

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Those with a certain taste will be familiar with Ben Owen’s subtle yet stunning design work with his Brooklyn-based Winds Measure Recordings imprint, which also releases his own carefully crafted music in both collaborative and solo form. These are two masterfully textured sidelong pieces exemplifying his attention to craft, process, and detail at the most painstaking levels, while still embracing the sonic imprecision of the cassette tape medium.

“These recordings were made on residency with The Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY during May 2010. This was my third and—unknown to me at the time—last residency, as the Center has now closed. While two of three residencies were in partial an audio/video collaboration with Justin Lincoln, the Birds and Water series is my main body of work created at ETC. The recordings are both sound and sound and image based pieces using David Jones’ image processing system. ETC expanded operations in 1974 with the first Jones Colorizer, and in 1975 with a set of keyers, a multi-input syncable sequencer and a bank of oscillators, all designed and constructed by David Jones. The analog system modules coupled with several external op amp generators are heard in these sessions. Numerous patches and variations of each were recorded in extended durations. Side A was recorded direct to cassette tape. Both recordings are presented in their unedited duration.” - Ben Owen

- Silk screen printed sleeve designed by E. Lindorff-Ellery and printed by Sonnenzimmer in Chicago. Two inserts included featuring video stills by Owen
- Edition of 200
- Type II Chrome cassette tape, C94

Reviews:
Jesse Goin (Crow With No Mouth)
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Brian Olewnick (Just Outside)
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Frans de Waard (Vital Weekly)
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BW Diedrich (Everything in Generalities)
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Adrian Dziewanski (Scrapyard Forecast)
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The Sound Projector
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released October 17, 2011

Performed and recorded by Ben Owen at the Experimental Televsion Studio, Owego, NY
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi
Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
Silkscreen printed by Sonnenzimmer, Chicago

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Notice Recordings Kingston, New York

Notice Recordings started in Chicago in 2009. We are now based in Kingston, NY, and New Orleans, LA. We release experimental and contemporary sound works. Notice Recordings is run by Evan Lindorff-Ellery (NY) and Travis Bird (LA).

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