Tape Pieces Vol. 1 the new collaboration between Portland based composer Chris Child (Kodomo) and New York based sound artist Micah Frank. It is out on August 23rd via Child’s Foil Imprints label. The physical release features a high bias cassette tape and artwork from Portland Maine based artist Bryan Graf. “Peering At Dawn” is a new excerpt. Listen below.
The EP began with a question: “How can we move away from our familiar tools that govern the structure and precision of creating loop based music?” While today’s software can offer virtually limitless control, it can also be stifling, leading to predictable working methods and results.
The answer came from a four-track tape machine recently purchased by Micah. The two decided to use the four-track as the main recording mechanism, creating tape loops in the studio from a few hand-played synths, a Rhodes, and a piano. The loops were naturally asynchronous due to the lack of control over time and tempo. The tape loops were then layered and re-recorded through effects pedals, building up a slow, hypnotic mass of sound. The artifacts introduced from the tape shaped the sound of the pieces, giving them a warm and nostalgic quality. Micah and Chris also made use of their time field recording in and around Portland ME, weaving the ambiences into the music. Both artists were inspired by the landscapes, light, and slowness of the environment.