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by Michael Cutting

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SMOKE 04:18
SCORCH 03:03
SKINT 02:24
SLATE 02:52
SILK 04:34
SALT 03:25
SWAY 05:24


Music with fender rhodes, reel to reel tape machines, feedback, and a one-tone signal generator.

North UK-based tape musician Michael Cutting makes his album debut with STILLS on Salford’s beloved imprint Ono. Relishing in the lo-fi, analogue textures offered by the pairing of fender rhodes piano and reel to reel tape machines, the album’s seven tracks act as vignettes; tempting with loop-induced isorhythms of warping, disintegrating harmonies. An extended reworking of Cutting’s live set for the same instruments, STILLS heavily retains the sense of live process, evoking precariously balanced loops between tape machines and thermoflasks, with the distinctive clicks and clunks of the reel to reels’ buttons and levers an intrinsic element to the sonic discourse.

"Cutting’s use of melody — plaintive, jaunty, occasionally drifting off-key — perfectly suits the nature of his tape-based ‘instruments’, with their inherent flaws, uncertainties, and means of making sound [...] STILLS is full of such attractive contrasts of melody, harmony, and rhythm, made all the more compelling by the ways in which they incorporate the material nature of the machines and processes that produce them." Fluid Radio

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released June 21, 2018

Music - Michael Cutting
Label - Ono
Mastering - Rupert Clervaux
Artwork - Vitalija Glovackyte


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Michael Cutting Manchester, UK

Michael Cutting is a Manchester-based musician working with acoustic instruments and analogue devices. He is one half of the experimental pop duo Hyperdawn.

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