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mikehoolboom It's always an event when Patrick decides it's time to release another set. This one offers a pair of undulating drones, heavy metal life featuring cables and fans. Close listening offers makes a present of the variations, the subtle shifts that turn found events into music. Favorite track: taevast.
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taevast 18:31
maale 18:03


murmer is the long-standing project of american/estonian field recordist and composer patrick mcginley, and with tether, the helen scarsdale agency welcomes murmer back to our roster, over a decade since he graced us with his last production for the agency. his field recordings often center upon the amplification and activation of resonance from a particular space, landscape, or object. such sounds emerge from a condition as being fleeting, inconsequential, or ephemeral and explode into that which is alien, sublime, and profound. here lies the tremendous prowess of the contact microphone, as wielded by an accomplished musician! the source material cited by mcginley includes cables, fences, wires, and vents.

there is a heft to many of these sounds as heard throughout all of "taevast" with deep throbbing pulsations from arctic wind generating subharmonic patterns upon thick high-tension wires. elsewhere the subtle dissonance from a rasping cooling fan blooms into a brooding ambience that is sublimely rich in its metallic timbres and complex reverberations. mcginley has long been an exemplary artist in the field of phonography even as he is less prolific than others. on tether, he has produced a majestic if occasionally foreboding work on par with the mythic wire recordings of alan lamb, jacob kirkegaard's haunted resonance from chernobyl, and much of the touch catalogue for that matter!


released May 5, 2023

mastered by james plotkin
photography by adrian dziewanski

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helen scarsdale California

post-industrial research, surrealist collage, refined minimalism, caustic electro-acoustics, sublimated dream-pop, obfuscated field recordings, recombinant noise, existential vacancy, and then some.

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