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Cut​-​Up Radio

by Michael Peters

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Radio Collage Music

All of this music was improvised live, using a radio as its only sound source. Using digital looping devices, the radio stream - short wave noise, talking, classical or pop music, whatever happened to come along - was cut up in real time and immediately rearranged into rhythmic patterns, clouds of sound particles, or phaseshifting repetitions.

Unlike regular instruments, samples, or CDs, the output of a live radio stream is more or less unpredictable. Using it as the only sound source for an improvisation or a concert presents a special challenge. Chance rules, control is impossible, intuition is the only possible guide. And there are rewards - when something suddenly falls into place in an unexpected way.

All due respect and gratitude goes to the artists whose work happened to be played on the radio at the time, and used as raw material for these improvisations.

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released June 7, 2003

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Michael Peters Köln, Germany

Far away from the musical mainstream, always looking for new sound worlds: polyrhythmic minimal music, ambient sound clouds, avantgarde rock, abstract and atonal experiments, algorithmic compositions, field recordings, guitar and livelooping ... WIRE magazine has reviewed some of Michael's albums in their "Outer Limits" section - that says it all, more or ... more

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