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This compilation is the result of collaborations between late 2009 and late 2010 via the ImprovFriday and the Society for Shorty New Music online musical communities. Most of these tracks are in some sense remixes I made of pre-existing tracks, ranging from enhanced versions to entirely new compositions using the tracks as source material. Often improvisation was involved for one or both artists; some pieces employ alternate tuning systems. Most of these collaborations took place within a day and often spanned continents.

Banko is a bit less of a remix/recomposition in that I alternate Jeff Fairbanks' 4-bar miniature with a short phrase of my own, both phrases highly manipulated and dueling at the end. Propinquitwo is essentially an improvised duet, though I tweaked portions of it after I added my part. Sovva Duo is indeed a straight duo improvisation (single-take), with Lee Noyes adding drums to my keyboard improvisation a few hours after I posted it online.

There's something very personal about duos that sets them apart from group collaborations (such as the multiple-artist mash-ups I create). My hope for this collection is that many of these tracks will clearly present aspects of my collaborators' musical personalities refracted through the prism of my own recent musical proclivities.

I wish to thank all of my musical partners on this project as well as everyone in the IF and Shorty communities that helped make this last year of music-making so fun and fruitful. ‑BH

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released December 21, 2010

1 dam feat. Damaged Goods by Roger "ErocNet" Sundström
2 gated figures feat. Figures in the Mist by Peter Thörn
3 charm feat. second time by J.C. Combs
4 rand-col feat. Random Colors 2 by Norbert Oldani
5 linear two feat. linear (12_18_09) by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
6 trom feat. Trumpet Warm Up #1 by Paul H. Muller
7 sovva duo feat. Lee Noyes, drums
8 shard hopping ritual feat. Shards by Kavin Allenson
9 waspermix feat. wasp god by Michael Vincent Waller
10 wandermix feat. Wandering by Mike Crain
11 fantasy feat. improv.02.26.10 by Benjamin Smith
12 propinquitwo feat. Propinquity by Jérôme Poirier
13 cake ascending feat. Ascension by Steve Layton
14 SoLaris reMix feat. SoLaris by dan stearns
15 piano-panini feat. Piano signal by Adam Kondor
16 sky is rising feat. wire behind my home by Glenn Weyant
17 banko feat. bank by Jeff Fairbanks
18 losoforemix feat. A Love Song for Erin by Eric Schwartz
19 noi flo feat. Noise Floor by Jim Goodin
20 hertz so good feat. Melody alpha by Paul Hertz
21 legs and branches feat. Last Legs by Steve Moshier

artwork by Miles Hamilton-Sommer

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