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Music for Mycologists is a collection of three works by the Experimental Music Unit (Tina Pearson, George Tzanetakis Paul Walde), a trio of LaSaM Music in Victoria, BC. Music for Mycologists explores relationships between music making and mushroom hunting, exposing the sometimes fragile process of discovering sounds of rare and raw beauty that exist just beyond perception.
Paul Walde‘s Interdeterminancy (for John Cage), which opens the CD, is a musical realization of eight large mushroom spore printed panels designed as a graphic notation. Mycelium Running, an EMU collaboration, is a multi-movement sonic study of fungi that references Paul Stamets’ book of the same title, particularly in its description of the life cycle and anatomy of mushrooms. Closing the CD is Tina Pearson’s Hunt (3) Chanterelles, a set of sonic textures that reflect the sensations and attention states inspired by her mother’s ancestral mushroom hunting practice. Referenced in the opening and closing movements of Hunt (3) is John Cage’s 4’33”, through a mix of field recordings of live outdoor performances of this iconic work.
Track Listing and Audio Excerpts
1. Interdeterminacy (Paul Walde) listen
2. Mycelium Running (EMU) listen
3. Hunt(3)Chanterelles (Tina Pearson) listen
Performed by Paul Walde, bass guitar; George Tzanetakis, clarinets; Tina Pearson, flute-voice
Produced by Kirk McNally, Tina Pearson, George Tzanetakis and Paul Walde. Recorded and mastered by Kirk McNally 2014-2015 at the University of Victoria, BC.
Graphic Design by Jesse Gibb
The album is the result of three years of planning and experimentation with long-form instrumental compositions with slowly evolving and layered textures and atmospheres. In EMU’s soundworld for Music for Mycologists, intentional microscopic attention is paid to typically peripheral instrument and body sounds, such as the nuances of breath, pre-tone whispers and whistles, the tap of instrument keys, the sound of a bow slowly crunching, and the charged pause of acute listening.
EMU is the core ensemble of LaSaM Music, a Victoria organization that has been producing creatively adventurous music events in Victoria since 2008. LaSaM is known for its original themed projects inspired by relationships between the natural world, sound and music; the provocative ideas of music practitioners who work outside the margins; and the act of listening itself. Previous major projects include Dark Listening (2014), Music for Natural History (2012), In a Large Open Space (2011), “And Beethoven Heard Nothing” (2010), and Removing the Demon (2009) among others