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MY2K - Sound Diary for 2000

by Michael Peters

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about

A collection of 366 10-second sound clips, recorded in the year 2000 as a diary

Composed, performed, found, treated, recorded, produced, mixed by Michael Peters; digital treatments done at home in Germany

My resolution for the year 2000 was: to create and record 10 seconds of music on each day of the year.

This could be either a composed piece, something improvised, or just a recorded environmental sound, anything that seemed appropriate. At the end of 2000, the musical diary consisted of 366 short pieces of music - all in all, about an hour, or a good CD length. The idea for this diary came from Karsten Schulze, a musician from Düsseldorf/Germany.

This is a sound diary. Beyond this, there is no coherent artistic concept in my2k.

Just like real life, with the unforeseeable happenings of each day written down in a diary book, or like a slideshow of vacation photographs, the result is a collage full of contrasts. Not an easy listen, but a sonic adventure for those who can listen with open ears.

Only in a few cases, the sound of a day consists of music in the narrow sense - a composed guitar piece, or a melody played on sampled instruments.

Most sounds are either
- environmental sounds, that is, stuff that I recorded on that specific day using a microphone, or
- environmental sounds that were tweaked and treated using sound software, or
- abstract electronic music that originated entirely in the computer, or
- electric guitar improvisations, using digital loop delays and other electronic effect gear.

No strict rule was applied. Usually, I tried to record the sound of a day on that specific day, but sometimes there was not enough time, so I created the sound for that day on the day after. Also, sometimes so many interesting sounds happened on one single day that I used them for several days afterwards. When a day had passed and its sound was recorded, I never went back to rerecord or edit it - it was left as it was, good or bad.

Download the annotated track listing here:

www.michaelpeters.de/my2ktracks.pdf

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released October 1, 2001

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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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