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Family Occasion MP3

The most recent “one-minute vacation” from Aaron Ximm’s site is an MP3 of a family occasion recorded by Joseph Young — less a field recording than a home recording. It’s a raw sample from a master’s-degree project Young is working on, titled The Family Album. Young writes, “My final piece will combine this type of source recordings with manipulated loops and melodic fragments, to create a new narrative borne out of heard phrases and associated emotional moods.” This unedited segment is a good example of the loop-like rhythms inherent in human speech, the way certain syllables, consonants and even entire phrases can provide a kind of sequence of ticks to the roiling waves of sound that constitute conversation. (File here, “one-minute vacation” page here. More information on Young at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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