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Instrumental and song work from Chris Cutler (Henry Cow, &c.) and Steve MacLean (Dr. Nerve) with Julie Thompson as vocalist, subtle non-linear songs created using unusual processes.

MacLean, Steve & Chris Cutler
Year of the Dragon

MacLean, Steve & Chris Cutler: Year of the Dragon (Recommended Records)
Label: Recommended Records    
Released in: Great Britain    

"A collection of 5 songs and 4 instrumental pieces that explore equally - and simultaneously - spontaneous performance values, close compositional detail and extensive processing. Made out on the rocky coast of Maine with just a TV eye keeping tabs on a world skidding to hell in a handcart, all the basic work was done by MacLean and Cutler with Julie Thompson (voice) added later alongside additional parts played by Frank Gross (bassoon), Michael Bierylo (laptop, samples, circuits) and Titus Abbot (bass clarinet and saxophone). These are complex, focused pieces, some highly rhythm-rooted - mostly at rapid bpm rates - generally wide open with a close receptivity to timbral nuance and non-linearity."-Recommended Records

"Steve MacLean is an assistant professor in the Electronic Production and Design Department at Berklee College of Music. A guitarist, composer, producer, and engineer, he has been evolving with music technology since the early 1980s, when he worked in a New York City recording studio and got hands-on experience with early versions of the Fairlight CMI, DX-7, Linn Drum, automated mixing consoles, and digital audio samplers. Later, he founded his own recording and production studio and produced/engineered hundreds of artists and numerous award-winning projects including scores for more than 200 commercials and soundtracks, as well as a prolific output of his own acclaimed works.

An active performer and composer for more than 30 years, he was cofounder of the Portland Experimental Music Collective, has performed original compositions at numerous new music festivals, including several pieces for New Music Across America and similar events. An innovator in the new music circuit, he was curator for a series of concerts called 2001 New Music Odyssey, and continues to release recordings internationally on Recommended Records, U.K., and others.

MacLean has been a music technology educator independently and with Berklee. He also was a product specialist/clinician with a variety of manufacturers for more than 20 years."

-Berklee University Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 752725030625

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ReR CCSM1
Squidco Product Code: 16348

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in Summer 2011 by Steve MacLean.


Steve MacLean-guitar, prepared guitar, piano, electronics, software devices

Chris Cutler-drums, flotsam

Julie Thompson-voice

Frank Gross-bassoon

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Track Listing:

1. The New Apothecary 3:12

2. Liquid Crystal 6:43

3. La Trahison Des Clercs 5:13

4. Medusa 7:29

5. Moloch 7:24

6. CityGrid 9:49

7. GodsMills 3:56

8. Time Study 7:28

9. Small Is Large 6:05