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A Thousand Glistening Snail Trails

by Michael Bentley

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rikm An engaging collection of abstractions, each track a sonic microcosm ripe for exploration and discovery. Truly inspired.

Dumb 11:08
North 13:44
Thirteen 13:02
Voices 12:22
Depth 12:10
Insects 09:30


A snail's passage leaves a trail, a trail both slimy and glistening, repulsive but also beautiful. However you feel about it, you know where the snail has been. This project is, in essence, the story of the many musical snails that have left their tracks on me.

These six mixes evolved from my various DJing appearances between 2000 and 2004. I performed a rough approximation of five of these tracks (within a longer set) during gigs at NYU, the Musicians Union Hall (San Francisco), and the Ant Building (Berkeley). These are explorations of my musical inspirations, re-contextualizing pieces in a different aural narrative, and employing a form of layering somewhere between straight-up DJing and audio cut-up. They were also a way for me to tip my hat to some of my musical heroes.

These mixes (or their close relatives) have only ever been presented at a few live events, and later as special mix CDs for a few friends. I look back on them now with great fondness, and thought it would be fun to share them more publicly. Enjoy!

Please note that this material is being released at no cost, for free, and will only be available for a limited time. Also, you can find the artists included by looking at the track info under each track listing.


released August 15, 2018

Track sources as listed, all rights reside with the original artists. Apologies for any fragments left uncredited. Additional audio material, collaging and remixing by Michael Bentley. Tracks produced at NYU, Musicians Union Hall (San Francisco), Beehaus, and Laundryland.


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The Foundry was begun, originally, as an outlet for Michael Bentley's chapbooks in the mid-80s. It grew to include audio releases in the mid-90s, and now serves as an umbrella for artistic ventures from Bentley and his collaborators.

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