CSM Experimental Radio S3, Ep. 3, “The Shape of a Space”


This episode (airing July 4, 2016, at noon, MDT) features music from James Winters, an avant-garde music student in the MFA program at the University of Maine.

Tracks played this episode are:

“Zero Zero Daemon in the Cube,” by CSM
“The Shape of a Space,” by James Winters
“The Universe in Larger,” by CSM
The graphics offered in the slideshow accompany the piece “The Shape of a Space.”

a9Here’s a statement from Winters about his piece, “Shapes of a Space”:

I’ve been studying Avant-garde music in north-central Maine. I am in an MFA program that encourages experimental composition. I just did a palindrome piece and even thought of “optical composing”. Music ought to be the supporting structure for concepts composed and/or curated and maybe within other media. We term this Intermedia and I think of this as having a slight theatrical feeling. Yet it is art, not merely music and not just entertainment. I have learned about soundscape, ambient, dub, lower-case dub, upper-case dub; psychedelic, electronic, folk-tronic, circuit bending, Cage’s silence, free-jazz, retrograde, sound sculptures, cosmic sound, underwater sound, assembled collages, loops, drone, and on and on. Yet my piece is not a loop or a drone. It is a sound collage.

venus in colorThis was last winter and I kept looking at pictures on Youtube of the planet Venus. I even obsessed for awhile. I started to learn about Cornelius Cardew and Luc Ferrari. And so… here I am in the hard work of learning how to be an artist. I have to establish in my mind a new sense of historical context. Each piece must have a plan of some sort. Constraint and silence are as important as content or what I get paid. To be an artist is something quite special.

b14My father was with Benny Goodman’s band, so understandably I took up becoming a professional jazz trombonist.

(My email is hurdygurdy1@gmail.com)

My music was also inspired directly by block, ink prints done by my engineer and artist Wade Warman. The artwork Wade created became my various musical scores. Cadence, mood, a sense of geometry driving my mind forward, I composed all of this here in Bangor, Maine.

My family was from Newfoundland and New York and my undergraduate degree combined media, humanities, and Native American Studies.

IMRC, UMaine


Published by M. Elwell Romancito

Lives in Taos, New Mexico and has since 1986.

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