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An Essay In Cosmology

by The New York City Pop Band

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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tachyonic Misbehavior Far From 'c'
3:25 $0.99
2. Indeterminate Luminary Wanderings
4:24 $0.99
3. oluti tenis no. 4
4:03 $0.99
4. Z3.T4.W5
8:30 $0.99
5. A Garden of Used Underwear
6:36 $0.99
6. Galactic Nozzles no. 1
6:31 $0.99
7. The Argument Stated Explicitly
9:45 $0.99
8. Galactic Nozzles no. 2
6:08 $0.99
9. YHVH Wuz Here
8:02 $0.99
10. Very Very
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Album Notes
Like that strange song I heard Apollo sing...

Picking up a thread left behind by the band's earlier effort A Soft Liquid Joy (especially that of The Lonely Magnetic Balloon), this album is a dream-like exploration of the dark, the subtle, the fantastic, the grotesque, the nocturnal, the erotic and the ephemerality of all things. Drawing inspiration from collage techniques, pantonal improvisation, impressionism, gagaku and the way that sound and light behave in the fourth spatial dimension -- particularly as they relate to the differing flows of time in such a space -- the sonic creation is now a thin and sparse shimmering now a thick, rich tapestry of sound. Mainly but not completely foregoing traditional concepts of melody and of standard chord progressions one finds that in this record the limits of patience and of good taste are often tested. But not for any self-indulgent reasons: the entire piece is an opportunity for meditation, for reflection, for a good time in general.

The debt to the past is immense, and as has been detailed elsewhere, the “influences” on this work are much more than simply what we like (in fact the awful and horrible have impacted us more): it is the totality of the past that is flowering here. But in any list of specific artists/works we have to make mention of Louis and Bebe Barron, particularly their score for the 1956 sci-fi film Forbidden Planet.

On this recording the New York City Pop Band is Charles Ramsey. The material was built up out using guitars triggering a Roland VG-8 and a Roland GR-1, the classic Alpha Juno 2, a Casio CZ-101, a Boss DR-770 and various software synths.

Some specific comments follow:

Tachyonic Misbehavior Far From 'c'
that is far from the speed of light. Our essay opens without any reference to the ordinary world. Tachyons ("quickiens") are particles (beings) that travel and have always traveled faster than the speed of light. Hypothetical? Hyper-thetical? Such is the argument of this essay.

Indeterminate Luminary Wanderings
The most traditional of the pieces with a discernable melody and jazz-like bass and drums (sorta). There is a drum pattern played at both 100 and 110 bpm. There is no break between this and the following...

oluti tenis no. 4
nocturnal nachtmusik.

Here along the 'edge' of a tesseract (which is a 3 dimensional volume) we journey 'backwards' through the theme, producing a palindrome.
(T is the 4th dimension of time, W the 4th spatial dimension but the 5th coordinate of the total system).

A Garden Of Used Underwear
Perhaps your floor a week after the laundry should have been done? Perhaps a nighttime, erotic dream garden where time and space are both created and destroyed? Or neither. There is something like a god there, asleep, dreaming SOMETHING...

Galactic Nozzles No. 1
A binaural sine...entrainment. A voyage past some conversations AND the channels swap.

The Argument Stated Explicitly.
The most trying of the pieces in the essay. It is largely a concretization of a sound installation that has yet to be installed.

Galactic Nozzles No.2
is comprised of an underlying, incessant drum beat over which is added three different improvisations done at a Roland Alpha Juno 2. An organ sound, a flute thing and an electronicized keys sounds. Both minimal and primal.

YHVH Wuz Here
Wuz he...ever????

Very Very
formidably and quite deflty wraps up the main philosophical points of the essay, though it is apparent that many other issues outside the main purview need addressed


We can well apply here what Ravi Shankar said in his Introduction to Indian Music (from the album The Sounds Of India), viz, that the listener "will appreciate and enjoy our music more if he listens with an open and relaxed mind".



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