A founding member of the legendary Henry Cow, multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, ethnomusicologist and anthropologist Tim Hodgkinson has also rigorously integrated experimental and improvised music with shamanic practices as part of his Radical Transcultural Initiatives project and with his band K-Space (featuring Ken Hyder and Gendos Chamzyryn). For Coded Transmissions, we asked him to improvise live alongside a playback of the K-Space album Infinity – an album that never plays the same music twice, constructed using metacompositional software that models the group’s improvisational strategies. Every time the album is played, field recordings of the group playing at different times and locations are algorithmically reconfigured into new music, thereby representing the shifting liminal zones and temporal-spatial gestalts encountered by shamans in altered states of consciousness. The resulting music could be said to represent space, time, musical strategies, shamanic magic and absent friends.


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