A Pulse Train - Tactus Tempus (LP)
Tactus Tempus is a lost, graphics based experimental score by prolific composer Frank McCarty. The piece was originally conceived and performed in 1973 by McCarty's group BIOME on 5 EMS Synthi synthesizers. By following a set of simple, yet subjective instructions the piece begins as a sparse moire pattern of bursts and tones before evolving in density and intensity as the players symbiotically interact guided only by the illustrated curve found on the score.
This 12” LP + digital released by Geej features two new performances of the score peformed by members of Caribou, Floating Points, Hot Chip, Junior Boys, Simian Mobile Disco and friends.
Gathering in a rare moment of collective down time in London in July 2016 the spontaneously formed group performed the piece at Joe Goddard’s basement studio. Each participant used a separate synthesizer or modular synthesizer system and while original slides were projected on the wall, the ensemble recorded two versions of the piece, each one recorded live in one take, lasting 15 minutes. One version is tonal the other of percussive timbre.
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