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