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Muscle memory: The inimitable feel of the record

Rennie, T. ORCID: 0000-0001-8937-2780 (2019). Muscle memory: The inimitable feel of the record. Tempo, 73(287), pp. 76-79. doi: 10.1017/s0040298218000670


Muscle Memory is a new record I have made in collaboration with pianist Matthew Bourne (playing Memorymoog), and trumpeter Graham South. Comprising two composed sound pieces, it was released on vinyl in 2017. The pieces are structured around recordings made in the houses of each collaborator, documenting the act of listening to records. The compositions include conversation between composer and collaborators, samples of music from records heard/discussed, improvised instrumental sections, and electronically manipulated materials. Muscle Memory has since been presented to a number of audiences attending ‘living-room’ listening sessions - held in small, intimate and domestic spaces across the UK. Participative listening of this type is understood through Simon Frith and Christopher Small as an inclusive, collaborative, compositional action. The tactility (Mike D’Errico) and ‘objectness’ (David Grubbs) of records is also of importance. This text is a document of that listening experience.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been published in a revised form in Tempo This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © 2018 Cambridge University Press.
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Performing Arts > Music
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