Millions of songs to pull from thin air, algorithmically generated playlists, and instant accessibility grow tiresome to the twenty-first century user seeking a genuine and meaningful artistic experience. Born from dissatisfaction and exhaustion with this contemporary medium, EPHEM aims to antithesize the streaming service by exploring the experience of impermanence and placing value on intentional listening.
This carefully crafted enclosure contains a single piece of music composed and recorded by the Seagram Synth Ensemble. It can be played approximately twenty-nine times. Via homebuilt circuitry, the piece will slowly change and degrade each time the piece is performed; no two times will sound exactly alike. The listener is granted control of EPHEM’s ‘mortality’, owning the prior knowledge that the piece will eventually fade beyond recognition (not unlike the flaking of magnetic tape on an old cassette).
You must choose your plays wisely and consider every experience precious. We may recommend lighting a candle, reclining in a chair or bed, enjoying a soothing tea, or any other activity that allows you to be immersed in EPHEM. You may decide to play all twenty nine iterations consecutively in one sitting, or you may decide to prolong EPHEM’s life through years. Acceptance of the ephemeral is a valuable reminder when one is surrounded by everything and anything in immediate supply.
Coming soon to the GoodCo Store, EPHEM will be available in limited supply
EPHEM was created by the Seagram Synth Ensemble. The piece was written and performed by James Reesor, James Dowbiggin, and Dave Klassen using two Sequential Circuits Prophet 6 Analog Synthesizers, Moog Sub 37 and Little Phatty Synthesizers, an Arturia Drumbrute Impact, and an ASM Hydrasynth. EPHEM was recorded by Brandon Fehderau at MKONDO Studios in Kitchener, Ontario. This project could not have been completed without generous support from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund