In the summertime, in the woods of new York State, the midnight insects can be at once serene and deafeningly loud. A field recording of this din of nighttime creatures was the inspiration and base for 1am.

Dense, and often aggressive, 1am is a powerful work that fuses many layers of both noise and melodic tracks over the field recording. The result, best played at high volumes, is like a high-volume equivalent of standing on the rocks outside of Deupree’s home late in the summer night.

Despite 1am’s opaque and rich sound it is not unlike the 23-minute epic “Stil.” from Deupree’s Stil. cd (12k1020). It is unwavering and highly repetitious but with enormous amounts of textural and timbral shifting.

1am is a very experimental and reactionary piece for Deupree, created in a week’s time, and emotionally charged.



Taylor Deupree

Technology and imperfection. The raw and the processed. Curator and curated. Solo explorer and gregarious collaborator. The life and work of Taylor Deupree are less a study in contradictions than a portrait of the multidisciplinary artist in a still-young century. Deupree is an accomplished sound artist whose recordings, rich with abstract atmospherics, have appeared on numerous record labels, and well as in site-specific installations at such institutions as the ICC (Tokyo, Japan) and the Yamaguchi…

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