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Birds And Water, 4

by Ben Owen

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The fourth entry in Ben Owen's "Birds and Water" series of recordings. As with "Birds and Water, 1" (NTR018), these two sidelong electronic drones reflect Owen’s typically rigorous compositional choices. They display remarkably disparate, rich textures and are extremely immersive, especially when played loud and/or on headphones. Owen once again displays an ability to invite multiple levels of reaction to deceptively complex timbres, ranging from meditative to oppressive.

“The third release of recordings made on residency with The Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY during May 2010. The "Birds and Water" series is my main body of work created at ETC. The work and title is influenced from the birds that hovered as dusk approached over the Susquehanna River, which borders the residency building, seen from the third floor windows.

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 sync-able sequencer and a bank of oscillators, all designed and constructed by David Jones. Numerous patches and variations of each were recorded in extended durations. Both recordings are presented with edits only to their original duration.

Continued thanks to Hank Rudolph, Sherry and Ralph Hocking, Justin Lincoln, Giuseppe Ielasi, Denis Shapovalov, Evan Lindorff-Ellery, and Travis Bird.”
- Ben Owen, November 2014


released November 5, 2014

Performed and recorded by Ben Owen

Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi

Artwork and layout by E. Lindorff-Ellery
Printed by Fitzgerald Letterpress

Bryon Hayes / Secret Decoder (as part of Notice's recent feature)
Byron Coley / The Wire
Brian Olewnick / Just Outside
Frans de Waard / Vital Weekly
Guillaume Belhomme / Le Son du Grisli
Infinite Grain (Miguel A. García)
Paul Margee / We Need No Swords
Garrison Heck / Cassette Gods


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

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