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Jeremiah Chiu

In Electric Time

    On June 29th, 2023, Jeremiah Chiu walked into the Vintage Synthesizer Museum (VSM) in Highland Park, Los Angeles, with no plan more specific than "let's fire this stuff up and see what happens." Exploring the VSMs' vast collection of classic, rare and staple synthesizers, he would sequence, trigger, and layer the machines together with help from VSM founder/curator Lance Hill.

    The resulting album - In Electric Time - was recorded in just two days, and edited to completion in the two days following. It was captured fully analog by engineer Ben Lumsdaine, who contributes performances on a few tracks himself. Cooper Crain (of Bitchin Bajas) makes an appearance as well; but ultimately the collection is an intuitive expression of organic electronic music conceptualized and created in-context by Chiu alone, as he calls on a life time of work in sound synthesis to paint a fulgent, refreshingly undercut sequence of cinematic sketches and in-process themes. In some ways, In Electric Time reflects the directness of Raymond Scott's electronic studio recordings - with sharp cuts and room chatter - and, in others, it conjures the in-the-moment magic of Harmonia.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. ElectroComp 101
    2. Seawater Swell
    3. For Voices
    4. Rococco Rondo
    5. A Cloud Song
    6. Rhythm Bell
    7. Brush With Thin Air
    8. Rhythm Serge
    9. Static Stone Railway
    10. Transparent Spheres
    11. Echo Arp Hold
    12. In Electric Time

    Ariel Kalma, Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer

    The Closest Thing To Silence

      In August 2022, Australia-based, French born fourth-world music legend Ariel Kalma was invited to participate in BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction series of special collaborations. The program pairs artists that have not previously collaborated to create new music together. Kalma was quick to suggest working together with two musicians whom he has never met – the International Anthem recording artists Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer, whose critically-acclaimed duo debut Recordings from the Åland Islands had been released just a few months earlier. Kalma sent an invitation to Chiu and Honer, which was received with great enthusiasm.

      Chiu had been a fan of Kalma’s work for a long time, even citing him as a major influence on his approach to electronic music composition. After meeting their goal of 20 minutes worth of music for the program (which was four pieces total), the three musicians were satisfied in what they would present, and sent along their work to the producers of Late Junction; but simultaneously they felt like there was much more to be said, more work to be done. There were several pieces that they had nearly completed that weren’t sent for inclusion in the radio program, and there were many ideas for refining those that had. The three musicians collectively agreed that they would continue work together and try to push the music further. The Closest Thing to Silence is the result of their efforts to take the collaboration further. 

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Ten Hour Wave
      2. Breathing In Three Orbits (Intro)
      3. Breathing In Three Orbits
      4. The Closest Thing To Silence
      5. Dizzy Ditty
      6. Une Ombre Légère
      7. New Air
      8. Écoute Au Loin
      9. A Treasure Chest
      10. Stay Centered
      11. Stack Attack 


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