Chicago-based label Suppedaneum has just announced its newest release. It comes from label mastermind Joseph Clayton Mills and is entitled The Letter. As with all other releases on the label, it's a limited release and comes with a score for the piece. The press release for The Letter is as follows:
«The Letter» is a piece of music designed to approach disappearance. To create it, a single 22-minute recording, incorporating piano, field recordings, electronics, and voice, was transferred to one side of a Maxell Communicator Series C45 cassette. This initial cassette was then duplicated onto another cassette, which was in turn duplicated onto still another cassette, and so on. With each generation of this iterative process, a certain amount of deterioration was introduced in the audio fidelity of the recording. This procedure was repeated until 100 unique artifacts had been produced.
This limited-edition release comprises 100 unlabeled, hand-duplicated cassettes, each accompanied by a signed, dated, and numbered copy of the score that inspired the piece (“Abscission” 2015), a photograph, and a brief explanatory text. Copies of the release will be issued strictly in sequence.
Preorders are expected to ship in the final week of 2015.
You can hear excerpts from the album here. You can pre-order the album on the same page.