DC electronic explorer Chester Hawkins releases this limited edition album of 50 copies shaped in a metal bullet that unscrews to reveal a USB drive with more than 4 hours of extended forays into psychedelic electronics, synth and tabletop guitar, journeys of hard drone & abstract concrete elements, in mp3 & wav format with a pdf, housed in a handsome black case.
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Label: Intangible Arts
Catalog ID: IA020
Squidco Product Code: 28052
Packaging: Box w/ bullet shaped USB case
Track 1 recorded live at Silent Barn, in Brooklyn New York, on September 2nd, 2016.
Track 2 recorded live at Rhizome, in Washington, DC, on October 29th, 2017.
Track 3 recorded live at Orion Sound Studios, in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 12th, 2016.
Track 4 recorded live at Spectrum, in Brooklyn, New York, on January 13th, 2018; at TransPecos, in Queens, New York, on January 14th, 2018; at Red Onion Records, in Washington, DC, on January 21st, 2018.
Track 5 recorded at CD Cellar, in Arlington, Virginia, January 8th, 2016.
Track 6 recorded live at Amma House, Alexandria, Virginia, on March 17th, 2018.
Track 7 recorded at Intangible Arts Studio, in Washington, DC, on June 19th, 2016.
Track 8 recorded at Intangible Arts Studio, in Washington, DC, on May 19th, 2018.
Track 9 recorded at Intangible Arts Studio, in Washington, DC, on September 25th, 2018.
Track 10 recorded at Intangible Arts Studio, in Washington,DC, on September 13th, 2017.
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"Chester Hawkins (Washington DC) has performed a wide range of experimental music since 1985. His most well-known project was BLUE SAUSAGE INFANT, being an exercise in musique concrète and loop-collage, which later expanded to embrace drone, krautrock, psychedelia, noise, and sonically intense live performances. After 28 years, the BSI project was retired and new works continue under his own name, crafting dynamic adventures in sound with a more focused and wholly electronic approach.
Hawkins has released music under the imprints Alrealon Musique, Zeromoon, and his own Intangible Arts. Past collaborators include Insect Factory, Violet, Tag Cloud, Haunted Toilet, Changes to Blind, New Carrollton, Lida Husik, and Stolen Government Binder Clip."-Chester Hawkins 7/3/2020
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Cops Need Serial Numbers is an experiment in teasing out a spectrum of nuance from a singular theme across a long-form composition. Over a period of two and a half years, COPS was plotted and scored in separate movements and the segments performed live (in studio and in public events) with the intention of joining the results to make a single piece of considerable length. Each live performance began in a condition harmonically compatible with an earlier one, so multiple gigs could be dovetailed to complete a massive sequence. It would have the duration of digitally self-generative ambient output, but would be 100% hand-tooled with all the focus, care, and dynamics of a deliberate work.
Thus the "experiment" becomes one of engagement for the listener; to what degree does one stay tuned in? One hopes the listener would have their level of attention rewarded with revelations of new details, layers, insights, etc. The deeper you go, the deeper it gets. In theory. In the end, technical constraints led to the more traditional presentation of separated, shorter tracks and this sequence of ten movements was the result. With sympathetic ears, perhaps the original intent is preserved. Therefore, in the current form of Cops Need Serial Numbers, presented as a macro-suite, certain techniques and sonic themes rise, fall, and reappear in a lattice of multiple story-arcs.
This has been (perhaps) an absurdly ambitious project and a mental purge of certain personal energies, but it is my sincere desire that listeners find something of their own in these audio environments. However you chose to engage, thanks for doing so."-Chester Hawkins, Intangible Arts
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