Limit_Fold

by TOMAS PHILLIPS

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LINE is happy to have artist Tomas Phillips return for his second LINE release since 2006's haunting composition 'Intermission / Six Feuilles'.

Limit_Fold extends Tomas Phillips’s aesthetic of minimal
through-composition that seeks a balance between electronic and
acoustic sound sources and foregrounds active listening. Sparse koto
notes and melodies interact with low end drones, digital, staccato
flares, and abrupt string swells in a single 40 minute piece in which
relative silence is given form. As in his previous work, central to
the music’s ethos is the further juxtaposition of organic, meditative
warmth and the immediacy of tension arising from small incursions into an otherwise soft, sonic palate; such tension that might be indicative
of the sharper edges of interiority. The title draws inspiration from
Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s essay “L’urgence et la patience” about the
two ostensibly discordant but overlapping components of writing, or
composing: the urgency to push against limits of time and capacity,
and the patience that folds gently over on itself to bring a text to
fruition.


TOMAS PHILLIPS (b. 1969) is a composer, writer, and teacher whose
sound work focuses on improvisational performance and minimalist
through-composition.

He began composing electronic music in the early 1990s and has since created works for installations, dance, and theatre performances, along with many solo and collaborative releases on such labels as Line, Trente Oiseaux, and Atak.

He has taught in the disciplines of literature and the fine arts at various universities in Europe and North America and currently teaches comparative literature in the US. He is the author of scholarly monographs on minimalism and liminality, along with three novels and two story collections.

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released February 19, 2016

Mastered by J. Winston Phillips
Cover photo by Richard di Santo

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Richard Chartier's LINE publishes editions documenting compositional & installation works by international sound artists & composers exploring the aesthetics of minimalism.

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