Lone Man In Silent Room: Beijing Improvisations

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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    This five-track, 60-minute cassette includes a full-color J-card with original artwork by Gabe Felice. The cassette shell is opaque jade-green in color, each is hand-printed with the title and hand-numbered in an edition of 25 copies only. Includes a bandcamp download code for the entire program plus a wealth of bonus material.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Lone Man In Silent Room: Beijing Improvisations via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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about

Upon relocating to Beijing, China in late 2012, Adam MacGregor set about reviving his long-running but then semi-active experimental project torus. The project relaunched with the bandcamp release of "Forward Policy is a Knife" and the limited mini-CD "环面" (distributed for free at the initial performances at School Bar and XP, Beijing). Following several equipment upgrades/fortuitous failures, live, one-take improvisations for the material on this limited cassette began in fall 2013. All of the material was recorded direct to a Zoom H2 digital recorder and various sound sources were used (Phosphene Audio-built oscillators, tape loops, malfunctioning PAiA ring modulator, Korg Monotron, contact-microphones applied to "junk construction", bowed and e-bowed metals, etc.).

In order to preserve a modicum of rawness and spontaneity, the digital audio files that appear here are unmastered. As such, exercise caution on playback, as volume fluctuations and dynamic range remains as unpredictable as when these tracks were first captured.

This digital version is included with purchase of the physical cassette only. It includes a number of bonus tracks, including several live performances from School Bar and XP in Beijing, tracks from the "环面" MCD and "Kalapani", a leftover track from the LMISR sessions.

Adam MacGregor
Beijing, P.R.C.
May 2014

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released June 2, 2014

Adam MacGregor: electronics, metals, tape loops, editing

Recorded fall 2013, Chaoyang, Beijing, P.R.C.

Cover art: Gabe Felice ("Open Sight")
Layout: John Roman

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torus Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Launched in 1997, torus is an ongoing experimental sound project of Adam MacGregor (Brown Angel/Conelrad/Microwaves/Creation is Crucifixion). Through the use of compact, home-built electronics, detritus, and tape loops with minimal processing, torus presents textures influenced by early industrial/noise and electroacoustic music.

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