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Ezekiel Honig
Scattered Practices

Format: CD
Release date: September 25, 2006 / October 10, 2006 in North America

1. going sailing refrain 1
2. concrete and plastic
3. books on tape
4. going sailing refrain 2
5. going sailing refrain 3
6. fractures & fissures (part 1)
7. homemade debris
8. fractures & fissures (part 2)
9. oceans & living rooms
10. edit edit edit

Design by Aesthetic Parcel

video for Concrete and Plastic
video by Joshue Ott via superDraw
copyright 2006 Interval Studios

video for Fractures and Fissures (part 1)
video copyright 2006 Brian Alfred

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It hardly surprises that Ezekiel Honig's Scattered Practices takes the inspiration for its title from Michel de Certeau's The Practice of Everyday Life (originally published in 1974 as L'invention du quotidien). Just as the French philosopher's text examines how individuals transform and thereby personalize elements of mass culture -- rituals, utilitarian objects, language, street plans, et al -- so too does the New York composer allow sounds culled from everyday life to assume an integral presence in his own work. By manipulating an original sound so that its identity is obscured without being wholly lost, Honig imbues the seemingly mundane with an intricately developed sonic richness.

Beyond the album's conceptual dimension lie the compositions themselves, multi-layered spectra of warm micro-melodies and tonal motifs enveloped by organic rhythms and textures. More intimate than his previous releases, Scattered Practices continues Honig's idiosyncratic composing style into ambient, techno, and electro-acoustic environments. The album's ten minimal settings incorporate a modicum of sounds, typically a skeletal core of gentle heartbeat rhythms accompanied by the resonant glow of entrancing keyboard figures and a mutating array of found sounds.

With its muffled Rhodes chords, softly rocking shuffle, and percussive rattles and clicks, "Homemade Debris" perfectly encapsulates the album's textured aura and lulling ambiance. The beats ever so slowly recede over the course of its 10-minute duration, leaving in its wake a sonorous symphony of dreamy melancholia -- a description one could just as easily apply to Scattered Practices as a whole.

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