CIMYTOFEO

LOOKING BACK:

Dec. 22, 2012 - The Fostex X-18 multitracker four track cassette recorder was the first tool I used in my early sound and music explorations. I had acquired it from William, a coworker at an audio visual company I was working at. He took an interest in a few experiments I had created using cassette field recorders I was borrowing from work on the weekends and soon afterwards, he offered me his old four track. Despite my education in audio engineering, this generous gift is what actually paved the way to my active involvement with sound art and experimental music.

I acquired my first computer a couple years later, which seemed to allow infinite possibilities. Within a year, I began performing in with acoustic musicians in electro-acoustic ensembles and various improvised music contexts, eventually leading to my own solo performances. Despite my progress, I began to experience significant criticism about my work in performance and in collaborative contexts with trained musicians from jazz, classical and academic music backgrounds. I began to realize that despite the advancement of my approach to sound, I hadn't found a way to communicate my intentions or process.

I began to confront these challenges in the Spring of 2003 with my first larger-scale solo project called Cimytofeo, a weekly series of sound and images, presented online for 13 weeks. My goal was to set relatively strict limitations on my process to encourage my own experimentation in an effort to isolate my artistic decision-making. The sound components were created outside of the computer, using the four track, instruments, field recordings and various objects I had around the house. The work was then presented as weekly episodes available online for one week only.

It is worth mentioning that within weeks of initiating this project, I began to correspond with the artist Steve Roden. I had attended two of his lectures, and was completely inspired by both his process and ability to clearly communicate about his own work. This prompted me to reach out to him. This dialogue lead to extremely valuable suggestions, encouragement and inspiration. Looking back at this work, I realize that his generosity not only influenced this project, but led me to huge breakthroughs with regard to my own artistic development.

ORIGNAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

In a world increasingly inundated and bombarded with new tools and technological distractions, comes a series of music developed through experimentation with a consumer four track cassette recorder. Acquired from a fellow friend and coworker, Jason has used the Fostex X-18 multitracker four track cassette recorder as the means by which he began his musical explorations. Over the years, these roots have developed into an increasingly technological process of creation. Like many modern electronic musicians, the computer has become a central part of the creative process in live performance, composition, and the development of arranged sound works.

In an attempt to break away from the computer, while paying tribute to Jason's four track, he will create a series of crude audio works entitled Cimytofeo. These sketches served as rough drafts of raw, low-fidelity sound will be released as 2-3 minute mp3's on this website (listed above) starting May 11, 2003, posted every week, for nine weeks. They will be available on Sunday nights at 7pm and will live on this web page for seven days. All works will be recorded and created on a four track cassette tape recorder. No computer will be used in the creation of the works except for the final transfer to the computer (mp3 format).

Cimytofeo also consist of images, completely conceived by Jason E Anderson. The images will play with the notion of narrative, providing small scenes throughout the series to allow the participant of the work the opportunity to creatively interpret the relationship between sound and image. The scenes will be created without the use of a computer, except for the use of an image scanner or digital camera (to capture the image and transfer to appropriate image format).

Cimytofeo will contain a bit of mystery, suspense, and humor, while attempting to bring forth a very specific, dark sensibility only to be experienced and described through this creation.

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Please note that these pages were coded in 2003, long before I was familiar with a standards-based approach to web design. I think it's impportant to preserve the original format, despite the potential issues with the coding, so please keep this in mind.

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