#Trending in the World of Mike: Ann McMillan – Gateway Summer Sound: Abstracted Animal and Other Sounds

Okay folks I’m going to describe this music to you second by second. I’m about 5 minutes 40 seconds into the first track as I sit down to write this, but… there’s kind of bum-bum, bum, & kind of a, like, an animal sound, & then a goop… there’s a lot of animal sounds on this LP; other sounds too – one might even call them abstracted. I’m terrible at describing music, so I try not to in these write-ups anymore.

This vintage album will be reissued in the second half of May by Smithsonian Folkways. The composer is a woman, neglected by the history books, whose medium of choice was magnetic tape. I enjoy listening to compositions on magnetic tape, even though they’re often a little weird if you ask me… this technology stuff lets you create sounds that could never exist in the natural world. Hey! This artist is using technology to make compositions of natural sounds the juxtaposition is 🔥 (I used technology to type that. You can incorporate emojis into your handwritten notes, but it’s a little silly).

The source material may be from this earth, but I feel like I’m in outer space listening to this. All this avant-garde music is always so serious… hey, Mike, why don’t you write up a song like “Rock Lobster”? Well you know what type of creature a lobster is, don’t ya dingus? That’s right, an animal – & this release has abstracted away sounds like that, for you to consider with some circuits of consciousness ABOVE those ones you use in terrestrial life.

Only serious thinkers need apply. The vinyl is available for pre-order here, or on Bandcamp.

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