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Abstractions 2

by Thom Blum

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Cascade 07:20
Epenthesis 12:24
Couplings 06:36


Collections: Music by Thom Blum
Abstractions 2 (2012 – 2018)

Unlike “Passages”, the “Abstractions” series contains compositions that are “pure” (or purer) music, meaning that the sounds used do not denote or refer to any world of sounds outside of their own. They do not attempt to render a location, or a person, or the composer's experience of those.

And while compositions in the "Abstractions" series do not describe places, they are always inspired by some extra-musical phenomena, an observation, a hypothesis, an experiment, or the pursuit of some sonic curiosity.

These pieces model the sources of their inspiration with various compositional devices. For example they may create sonic metaphors by mapping attributes from the inspirational sources into the composition's sound attributes. For example near the middle of the piece “Couplings”, recordings of a 1970's analog clock ticking were edited, stretched, mixed, and repeatedly processed. The goal of the result was not to render a uniquely beautiful sounding clock but rather to use the clock material to create a dense nest of sounds in which other sounds (of a flapping nature) would be born and then flutter away, creating the sonic pun, "time flies".

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released August 28, 2020

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Thom Blum San Francisco, California

Thom Blum has been composing electroacoustic music since 1974.

Recent performances and installations include “Recital in the Library”, 2019 solo prepared and improvised music performed at The Prelinger Library, San Francisco, and "Epenthesis" at the San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2019.

Collections of his music have been organized by themes and periods and have been released on Bandcamp.
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