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Mixx for Unintended Backgrounds

by VM

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To be able to listen to something you must hear it first. And vice versa.
In our Western world there is indeed a lot of screaming but few listening. Who realizes that a lot of activities and actions have unintentionally sounding side-effects? Airplanes, cars and motorcycles are made to get you from A to B. Not as a musical instrument. But it can be done, listening to unintentional sounds.

In general you could say that we only listen to sounds we hear.
Only those tones which are distinguished from the background and thereby become the foreground. After all, everything apart from the normal state in a sounding space, is a potential source of danger.
We only hear changes. When we enter a new space, everything is new and everything is heard. But after three minutes the new has quickly gone. We as listeners like coherent structures and stories. A good listener has half a word. This mix is about changes in the background.
The material is included at different times of the day. Deep in the night, late at night, in the afternoon and very early in the morning. All sounds have a high content of inadvertent sounding but are also of an intrinsic beauty.

To hear a background as a background sound, you need a foreground.
And because the standard mixes are mostly dealing with foregrounds,
I wrote especially for this mixx a composition of one hour.
A nonrepeating structure in the sense of more of the same and yet different every time. Electronic sounding to better reflect the expectations. In a tight 50 BPM tempo, without any fluctuation, a web is woven to which the backgrounds can be mirrored. At the end of the mixx the foreground will blend with the location of the listener.

All the sounds you hear through your headphones are 100% electronically. That we allocate some of natural origin, is in itself an interesting phenomenon. What makes certain sounds that we hear as tools and other nature sounds like? In the preparation of the mix, there is no coincidence, other than the life itself. You hear what you think you hear. Art must indeed entertaining, but also resistant to irritation and boredom.

Through loudspeakers whispering is very difficult.
The mix can be best addressed through good stereo headphones.
VM (Floris van Manen, 1953)


released November 14, 2012

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