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Playing with audio.
Sounding out technology.
Composing in code.

José Rivera / Proxemia Disorients

A work in and of transition

To orient yourself with — or, perhaps, more to the point “in” — the track “re place” by Proxemia, it can help to focus on the transitions. During the course of a mere two and a half minutes the piece runs through half a dozen or so momentary states. Stereoscopic percussion pauses for a dial tone before a deep, bass thrum makes the suddenly tiny-seeming sounds succumb to an intense depth of field. This is after scatter relays give way to a cymbal, which in turn is cut off by a radio-dial spin that’s all harsh static.

Proxemia (aka José Rivera) makes each moment count, and in doing so challenges the ear to find a place to call home. Rather than clinging to a moment, it can help to ride the changes, to listen forward to the way scenarios shift. It’s a different way of listening, one focused on what’s between modes rather than on a given mode itself. The piece closes, tellingly, with a muted ripple effect, fading to nothing in a manner that makes “nothing” just another stage in the procession.

Track originally posted at soundcloud.com/proxemia. More from Proxemia at proxemiasound.net.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. [ Posted September 11, 2017, at 7:37 am ]

    Marc, holy smokes. I just realized you did a write up on this. My deepest and most sincere gratitudes and apologies!

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