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GREGORY TAYLOR

RANDSTAD

PALACE OF LIGHTS


Format: CD
Cata No: PoL012018
Barcode: 700261465012
Randstad is a kind of hermetic diary of a year living in the randstad—a term the Dutch use to describe their own megalopolis that encompasses Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. In its own way, the work runs contrary
to today’s assumed absolute limitlessness of musical possibility, favoring a reduced expatriate sonic toolkit (composed of Cycling ’74’s Max, a modest Eurorack, and a
handheld digital recorder). Its entries combine the sounds of a “new home” (house keys, birds on the terrace, fireworks at the New Year) that are stretched / rotated / folded / spindled / annealed into a set of audio vignettes. The results are snapshots of sensation, location, movement, and image: a score for re-orienting yourself in new, changing environments. To paraphrase Roethke, we learn by going not only where to go, but how to go. The CD includes a download card for Randstad and the bonus EP Trajectum. After a hiatus from the cassette culture movement of the
1980s, Gregory Taylor returned to regular recording and live performance as an improviser in the late 1990s. He has studied central Javanese Gamelan and electroacoustic music at Cornell, UW-Madison, New England Conservatory and
the Instituut voor Sonologie, and written for publications such as Wired, Recording, Array, and Option, and hosted RTQE—a radio program of contemporary audio on
WORT-FM since 1986. He currently works for Cycling ’74. Randstad is his fourth album for PoL.

Tracks:

1. To Kijkduin By Monorail
2. Shoulder Alignment
3. Prayer Wheels (Voorschoten)
4. Alchemical Refrigeration
5. Illuminated By Optimism (Teyler)
6. Imagined Anaphora
Trajectum EP - digital bonus tracks
7. Cockpitgebouw
8. Satellite Campus (Cohort)

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