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Werner Dafeldecker and Valerio Tricoli re-interpret John Cage's 1953 compositions for 8 simultaneously played tapes, here examining the relationship between early tape music and current digital production, allowing for a larger work using approximately 2000 different sounds.

Dafeldecker, Werner / Valerio Tricoli
William's Mix Extended

Dafeldecker, Werner / Valerio Tricoli: William's Mix Extended (Quakebasket)

Label: Quakebasket    
Released in: USA    

"Williams Mix Extended is a new interpretation of John Cage's Williams Mix by Werner Dafeldecker and Valerio Tricoli, originally scored for magnetic tape in 1952. Approaching the original score from a contemporary perspective, this new interpretation of Williams Mix contains a close analysis of the relationship between early tape music and current digital production, allowing for original parameters of the score to be realized within the context of recent audio technologies. Williams Mix Extended has an duration of 32 minutes whereas the original is 4 minutes and 15 seconds long. The difference between the two durations is generated by the transposition of the scores specifications from tape to digital audio software. To complete Williams Mix Extended a library of approximately 2000 different sounds are used, all recorded by Dafeldecker and Tricoli."

"Williams Mix (1951-1953) is a 4'15" electronic composition by John Cage for eight simultaneously played independent quarter-inch magnetic tapes. The first octophonic music, the piece was created by Cage with the assistance of Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, and David Tudor, using a large number of tape sound sources and a paper score he created for the construction. "Presignifying the development of algorithmic composition, granular synthesis and sound diffusion," it was the third of five pieces completed in the Project for Music for Magnetic Tape (1951-1954), funded by dedicatee architect Paul Williams.

The material, recorded by Louis and Bebe Barron, was organized in six categories: city, country, electronic, manually produced, wind, and "small" sounds; " I Ching manipulations, producing constant jumps from one sound to another or buzzing, scrambled textures of up to sixteen simultaneous layers." The 193-page score, "a full-size drawing of the tape fragments, which served as a 'score' for the splicing," is described by Cage as similar to "a dressmaker's pattern - it literally shows where the tape shall be cut, and you lay the tape on the score itself." Thus, like a recipe, the piece may be recreated using different tapes and the score.

The work was premiered at the 25th Year Retrospective Concert Of The Music Of John Cage on May 15, 1958, and was recorded by Columbia Records producer George Avakian and issued by him on a three-LP set with a booklet including extensive notes and illustrations of scores."-Wikipedia

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Product Information:

UPC: 680569061430

Label: Quakebasket
Catalog ID: qb28
Squidco Product Code: 21151

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold In Plastic Sleeve
Mastered at Studio Beige in Berlin, Germany by Nicholas Bussman.


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Track Listing:

1. Side A - 16:07 (Page 1-96) 1 8:24

2. Side A - 16:07 (Page 1-96) 2 7:43

3. Side B - 15:59 (Page 97-192) 1 7:46

4. Side B - 15:59 (Page 97-192) 2 8:06