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by William Fields

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about

William Fields, ½ of the improvisational duo Beck-Fields, releases his first solo album for NOREMIXES. coords, however, is not your typical studio creation; it is an immersive A/V generative experience redefining our sensory reaction to composition and production. “I am hoping to create a synesthetic experience,” explains Fields, “where the music and visuals become one inseparable thing in the listener’s mind and generates a sense of wonder, awe and mystery. A feeling of recognition and beauty, but not knowing or understanding what is going on or how it was created.”

For the past five years, William Fields has all but abandoned composing on a piano roll, shifting his approach from composition to the improvisational and performative. Using a live performance rig that is extremely expressive and flexible, Fields’ sound can morph instantly from pure ambience to complex rhythmic assault. His accompanying visual system is event and parameter driven - generating visuals that perfectly match the corresponding musical events. This strong audio/visual connection has long been a passion for Fields, seeing sounds as shapes and forms. He cites Autechre’s “Gantz Graf” video as a reference point and inspiration.

It is this control over the generative systems for coords that separates this work from anything Fields has previously released. With coords, everything is 100% generative and algorithmic. Fields programmed and configured the audio-visual system, pressed record, and let it run for 23 minutes. Every 45 seconds or so, the system jumps to new coordinates within the possibility space and a new world is created, even down to the track titles which are displayed in the live video. Not a single control, note, color, or visual form of coords was explicitly composed.

“This generative approach to writing is very much inspired by John Cage and Buddhism. Cage struggled throughout his artistic career with the paradox of how to be a composer – who by definition must make judgements and decide what is good or bad – while practicing non-judgmental mind as taught in Zen Buddhism. I also practice Buddhism and I am exploring some of these same issues in this work. I am trying to find ways to avoid putting my ego into the music, and to practice radical acceptance of what is. coords is an exercise in this practice.”

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released August 4, 2017

(c)2017 William Fields + (p)2017 NOREMIXES

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NOREMIXES Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NOREMIXES was founded in 2014 by Paul J. Geissinger, aka Starkey, to release music that fits between the genres. The label is an outlet for composers, artists and producers with a focus on synth music, electro-acoustic, ambient and modern classical styles. Paul is also co-owner of the Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey Record labels. ... more

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