Late in 2018 I was kindly invited to create a release for Past Inside The Present. As I was between processes / set-ups and was taking one of my many sabbaticals from music creation for a bit, I decided to delve into something fun with some new reel-to-reels I had recently picked up.
I pulled out an old sampler I hadn't used for 15 years or so, and promptly started processing vocals from some ideas I'd had rolling around the past year or so. I blew these up using some great old reverb units (big love for the Alesis Wedge here) and started looping them on reels and back into my mixer for some cleaning up of the noisy EQ. About 6 weeks later and after a couple of hundred takes, the result was 'Vocalism' and 'Regeneration'; such apt titles as I sourced everything using my voice and felt a great sense of freedom going back to some older gear.
The short album was a wonderful jolt that aided a number of ongoing projects and help me to start creating music again after a lovely period of just absorbing ocean hydrophonic recordings for a few months, as I now blend the two practices for my most recent work.
Special thanks to Zach and PITP for the generous invite and support.
Label Press Blurb:
Past Inside the Present is pleased to present two brand new tracks by Ian Hawgood titled, 'Vocalism + Regeneration‘. What is amazing about these two compositions, is how they were constructed. Ian meticulously hyper-processed vocals on reels and then washed them out into multi-layered textures. The result; two delicate arrangements slowly drifting in a graceful and ethereal space. A soundtrack that could be found in the earth's exosphere, where the atmosphere merges with solar winds. These arrangements encompass supernatural billows that are saturated with gorgeous transmissions which seem too perfect for this world.
- Words by Past Inside The Present
released August 25, 2019
Written & Produced by Ian Hawgood
Layout & design by 扎克
supported by 18 fans who also own “Vocalism | Regeneration”
Let's put it this way- this is simply one of our favourite works ever!...A collection of variations on a theme that drift by, perfuming the air, or that stop a moment to whisper you a story. Evocative in its sparse beauty, We are sure this will been the permanent playlist always, right alongside Arvo Part's "Alina" and offthesky's "Silent went the Sea" ....ss/tm/am editions vaché