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A Sale And A Pre-Order

Jan 4, 2020

Welcome to 2020 – Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that you and yours have a great 2020 and that we can help supply the soundtrack.

Yes, there is a bit of a sale on at Focused Silence HQ – there is currently 75% off MP3 Album downloads across the label. Just visit the labels shop, pop the MP3 album in your basket and the discount will automatically be applied. So if you did not get what you hoped for in your Christmas stocking then console yourself with the January Sale and the last leg of unfettered capitalism for the time being. Also, we have a new Pre-Order available for you – I am still crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s but it is good to order as a CD.

We are working with the London based sound artist Tony James Morton – Tony has a new EP scheduled for 17th February 2020 – we are hoping to work with Dense PR on this. So, if you have a Blog and you are keen to have the EP to review get in contact with me at [email protected].

The CD will be made as an 8cm mini-CD and will ship in a plastic wallet. The download will be available from the label’s site as well as other bigger sites. The album is called “Fragments” and you can order it HERE.

Fragments is a new body of improvised electronic music by sound artist Tony James Morton. Each piece is entirely constructed, in real-time, with samples taken directly from vinyl records. Inspired by techniques that were instrumental in the development of hip-hop music, the work combines prerecorded samples from existing compositions to create an altogether new piece of music. However, Fragments pushes the boundaries of sampled based music into new territory, exploring modern digital techniques and methods.

The work is centred around a custom built sampling instrument, entirely created with Max/MSP. This instrument uses granular synthesis to create new textures from the recorded source, allowing for new sonic exploration. Performed live, the project manifests itself as a conceptual “DJ set.” Records are chosen, exactly how a DJ would, but instead of being played in traditional form the resulting audio becomes a fragmented reinterpretation of the original recordings.

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