Greater Than Zero, Less Than One (expanded)

by eM (Michael Bentley)

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    1. Zero 00:10
    2. On 01:45
    3. Interleaved 06:18
    4. Hollow 04:36
    5. Twinned 02:07
    6. Shaker 03:05
    7. Encircled 04:09
    8. Crossing 02:51
    9. Coarse 05:31
    10. Firmament 05:48
    11. Cast 04:33
    12. Occasional 07:36
    13. Chasm 05:10
    14. Tangled 05:37
    15. Coda 00:18
    16. One 00:10

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1.
Zero 00:10
2.
On 01:45
3.
Interleaved 06:18
4.
Hollow 04:36
5.
Twinned 02:07
6.
Shaker 03:05
7.
Encircled 04:09
8.
Crossing 02:51
9.
Coarse 05:31
10.
Firmament 05:48
11.
Cast 04:33
12.
Occasional 07:36
13.
Chasm 05:10
14.
Tangled 05:37
15.
Coda 00:18
16.
One 00:11
17.
On (minuet) 01:07
18.
19.
20.
21.

about

My second solo outing (again using the pseudonym eM), composed entirely on my first laptop using various programmes to extract sound from raw digital files. I was doing things like converting drawings, photos and even text documents into sound and then sequencing the results into compositions. I did much of the work while traveling, which I think gives the album a different kind of feel, as much as the sound sources do. A version of the track On appeared on a compilation published by MIT PRESS to accompany an issue of the Computer Music Journal. - Michael Bentley

4/29/2020 - I have expanded this album to include five non-album tracks (17-21), and bring together for the first time what I would consider all the materials connected with this release. Enjoy! - Michael

From the press:
"Reducing information to an extremely basic vocabulary, such as binary code, opens it to many different reinterpretations," explains M. Bentley, the musical mind behind eM. "The goal of this project was to take digital information, from files of all kinds, and translate it into sound, into music. Every sound on this album was drawn from raw data and assembled in the digital domain, without using standard keyboards."

Reviews:

"A deft exploration of a world of abrasive micro-processes." Matt ffytche, The Wire Magazine

"An album with an original idea behind it, creating the world of its own." Vladimir Jovanovic host of Inner Space, Zagreb, Croatia

"I'm not saying this is for everybody, for it's taken me sometime to sit and listen to it with open ears. But there are rewards to be gained, and it will make demands of the listener rest assured." Hans Stoeve, Power Spot, Sydney, Australia

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released May 1, 1998

All sounds created in the digital domain by Michael Bentley (eM)

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The Foundry Berkeley, California

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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