This is more than a book. It's a 12" vinyl record that accompanies a book, that accompanies a website that all support a very simple, but beautifully elegant concept. That concept, in it's simplest form, is the acknowledgement time.
An attempt to realise the vastness, and enormity of time through music over a 1000 year performance period.
The musical style, if it can be called that, is beautifully sublime and charming. Some might call it ambient. But I think it goes beyond this limiting and convenient stereotype. The music is composed and played on Tibetan chime bowls, and then processed continually through Supercollider software on a Mac computer to produce an ever changing musical landscape that will last a 1000 years. The 12" vinyl record is a collection of 4 excerpts from this continually changing musical landscape. Track 1 for example is taken from the very starting point of the piece - 1st January 02000. Those people who enjoy the work of Brian Eno and Robert Fripp's Frippertronic series will certainly enjoy this wonderfully conceived concept.
The book, which is formatted into the 12" vinyl packaging, gives great insight into the production processes that Jem Finer went through to concieve and realise this concept. There are numerous essay's by other contributors which discuss other percieved concepts of time, as well as a complete musical score for 6 players to realise for themselves some of the musical ideas and concepts put forward in the book and in the music.
Those who enjoy collecting vinyl, they will not be dissappointed with this purchase.
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