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Gentle While the World Isn’t

A Saturday sketch from Jared Smyth

Jared Smyth titled a recent SoundCloud upload of his “for saturday afternoon bleedthrough broadcasts” and provided by way of a liner note a simple string of factoids: “open reel tape loops, 2880, guitar, mic(s), and feedback mixer.” (The “2880” is likely the Electro-Harmonix 2880, which aligns with the sense of layering throughout.) The result is a lovely swath of everyday ambience: gentle strings resounding at a rarefied pace amid a white-noise haze of lightly gritty interference, out of which emanates the slightly audible hint of conversation. It’s the sound of someone who’s decided to make something beautiful while the rest of the world goes about its urgent business.

Track originally posted for free download at More on Smyth at and

By Marc Weidenbaum

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