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Through the clearing

by Nicholas Maloney

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Imagine a mirror 01:40:10
The colors cycle 01:00:03
Still deeper 03:00:00


(1) -longform listening to merge the small and large universes-

-Through the clearing exists quietly. Music to become softly surrounded in. Apparently minimal - small, slow in progression, edge of perception - yet upon immersion (especially in an altered state, or one induced by surrender, slowing the breath, imagining a cool light moving through the body) fields emerge, a vast sweeping expanse. There is space to explore or to let go in, allowing oneself to be carried.

(2) -The abstraction of sound material to discover a new world-

-I recorded about 10 improvisational sessions (and one live performance - track 6) using a combination of mixer and microphone (omni-directional and contact) feedback, two of which were transmuted into published pieces [selwn] and [reqlm], the rest of which were quietly worked with to create a space in which sound becomes thought (becomes image becomes transcendent...etc) The recorder left on...subwoofers, speakers (mirror of infinity - feedback), the ambiance of interior space. All of this becomes abstracted. What is all of it? Can we listen to embrace it all? Through contemplation of the abstract, through expanded awareness of the senses, listening, all becomes imaginary (as it becomes real as it is dissipated...etc). Subtraction processes to dissolve what was, thus bringing in new.


released July 28, 2023

All music and photograph by Nicholas Maloney
Recorded, mixed, and mastered May - July 2023
Photograph taken May 2022

*Through the clearing is mixed and mastered quietly to encourage intimate playback on headphones in a quiet listening environment. The full range of frequencies, dynamics, and subtle detail will not be able to be heard/felt otherwise. Ideally, please set your playback volume between 80-100%.


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Nicholas Maloney Portland, Oregon

Nicholas Maloney is a sound artist working with field recording and a variety of instruments and electronics to create an abstract world of immense complexity and range. Maloney's work expresses stillness and activity, lightness and dark, in order to provide a rich imaginative space for listeners to explore.

He also runs the label Asonu
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