無常

by Ian Hawgood

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    Original Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album on Slowcraft Records. Personally signed and numbered (to 150). Please note the CD is a very slightly different mix that was cleaned up beautifully by James Murray, whereas the digital version here is my original take from the direct mix from my reels.

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about

Originally written as a synth-tape-loop accompaniment to '光' (Eilean Records), '無常' was an album that I made between my homes of Tokyo and Warsaw. Most of the recordings were done late at night or in the early hours when I couldn't sleep. The whirring of old reels and tape machines at these times and the lights from the meters, has always been my equivalent of meditation I think. This album reminds me of those machines quietly humming on the tatami mats in the studio I had overlooking the river, and just fill me with happy memories.

I did a mixdown from various reels in Warsaw as I realised the tapes were dying and the machines needed to go due to a lack of space. This version is the original mix with all its little blips and noise. The CD version was cleaned up beautifully by James Murray but I wanted to present the unedited forms as some of the weird cuts and noises remind me of the amazing character these machines had.

Thank you x Ian

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"Technically located at an extremely high level... each of the 9 songs has stunning charm." - Gezeitenstrom

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released December 12, 2019

Music by Ian Hawgood
Artwork by Stijn Hüwels
Design by James Murray

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