Vinyl issue of two very important works by this early British
sound art composer, compiling one of Trevor Wishart's first ever
pieces 'Fanfare & Contrapunctus' (from 1976) and one of his latest, 'Imago' (from 2002), documenting a modern approach in
composition and an extremely unique progress in sound manipulation
and music technology.
'Fanfare & Contrapunctus' (1976) "These two short pieces
were made at the newly opened electronic studio at the Sydney
Conservatorium, before the advent of music computer technology.
The source material derives from free improvisations by Trevor
Wishart and Martin Mayes using “soft trumpets”, pop-guns, French
Horn and virtuoso eating noises, plus recordings of birdsong and
other environmental sources."
'Imago' (2002) '…the universe in a grain of sand…' "Imago is a
piece of magical sound metamorphosis in which the single ‘clink’
of two whisky glasses gradually metamorphoses into a multitude
of other sounds, eventually alluding to the sounds of birdsong,
a junkyard gamelan, the ocean and the human voice, but never
entirely abandoning its links to this minimal source. The piece was
made using sound transformation software written by the composer,
available through the Composers Desktop Project, and the original
source sound was taken from Jonty Harrison’s ‘et ainsi de suite’."
Trevor Wishart is an English composer, based in York. He is widely
acknowledged for his contributions to composing with digital audio
media, both fixed and interactive. He has been very active since
the early 1970s in the area of electro-acoustic music (first with tape
manipulation, later with computer pieces) and musical theatre pieces.
Not only has he composed many significant pieces, but he has also
written extensively on the topic of what he terms “sonic art,” and
contributed to the design and implementation of many software
tools used in the creation of digital music. His compositional interests
deal mainly with the human voice.
He has also written
two major books, 'On Sonic Art' and 'Audible Design'.
The Lp is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, in a limited
edition of 500 copies, pressed on 140g vinyl and comes in a poly-
lined inner sleeve. It is packaged in a pro-press color jacket which
itself is housed in a silk screened pvc sleeve with artwork by Kathryn
Politis & Bill Kouligas.