Ben Swire - Equilibrium

by Ben Swire



I have always loved the EP, a small collection of well-formed tracks, maybe iterations of a single idea, or the summary of many. It is an underused form, I feel, especially in an age when the increased length of the CD yielded 60 or 70+ minute albums. Perhaps this is less meaningful now with digital releases, but I am still drawn to the idea of a small tasty audio treat. Ben's work made for the perfect beginning of the Foundry EP Series. - M. Bentley

From the press release:
The first in the FOUNDRY EP SERIES is Ben Swire's Equilibrium, bringing together the strands of beat, melody, and atmosphere to create an intoxicating travelogue in sound. The detail in these compositions is remarkable, each piece picking up the thread of the others as well as developing its own unique character. This release will appeal to anyone who has enjoyed Jonathan Hughes' Trillium CD, the output of City Centre Offices, or Susumu Yokota's Grinning Cat and Sakura.


released March 1, 2002

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ben Swire at Escaped Goat Productions. Photos by Ben Swire, design by Michael Bentley. ©2002


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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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