traces of FOUR

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    As I put it to one side, I am no wiser as to how, or if I am meant to respond to it,
    but the process of considering such questions is a beguiling one that means it won't
    be long before I pick it up again.

    Richard Pinnell
    Extract from Foreword

    FOUR invites eleven works that linger in between categories of critical thinking, sonic art, music, visual art and literature.
    Each work articulates silence and space that is in some way sonic, and their minimal aesthetics may be perceived as active
    or non-active in theory and practice. Some compositions are quite introspective, while others are more argumentative, but
    non is definitive. FOUR connects reading as an intimate listening experience.

    Contributions from: Ryoko Akama (UK), Daniela Cascella (UK), Patrick Farmer (UK), Jurg Frey (Swiss), Christine Sun
    Kim (USA), Sarah Hughes (UK) and David Stent (UK), Joseph Clayton Mills (USA), Daniel del Rio (Spain), Manfred
    Werder (Swiss), Trevor Simmons (UK), lo wie (Korea), Audra Wolowiec (USA).


    Editors: Ryoko Akama, Heather Frasch and Daniel del Rio.
    Designer: Vasco Alves.
    Publisher: mumei.

    First edition of 262 copies published in November 2015

    Edition size: 155 x 230 mm
    Number of Pages: 172
    Naked Spine

    ISBN 978-0-9934337

    Printed and bound by Publirep, in Portugal.

    reductive journal celebrates the physical publishing of FOUR with three days of events of performances and installations at
    Hundred Years Gallery and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

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01 Floating Categories Jürg Frey, 2015 13:53
Akama, Frasch, Frey, Guastalla, Hughes, Rio, Werder
02 6 scores Manfred Werder, 2015 11:45
Akama, Frasch, Frey, Guastalla, Hughes, Rio, Werder
03 CLOUD SCISSORS lo wie, 2015 17:04
Akama, Cascella, Frasch, Hughes, Rio, Stent, Werder
04 proposal_five (jimi no assemblage) Ryoko Akama 2015 09:41
Hughes, Stent, Werder

1 and 2 recorded at hcmf//, Huddersfield on 25.11.15
3 and 4 recorded at Hundred Years Gallery, London on 27/28.11.15

reductive journal ensemble is:
Ryoko Akama: objects, electronics
Daniela Cascella: voice, objects
Heather Frasch: flute, object
Jürg Frey: clarinet
Bruno Guastalla: cello, bandoneon
Sarah Hughes: objects, zither
Daniel del Rio: turntable
David Stent: objects, guitar
Manfred Werder: traces

The CD is designed by Vasco Alves and mastered by Girilal Baars

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released June 2, 2016

The CD is designed by Vasco Alves and mastered by Girilal Baars



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