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Irrational Protocols Volume 1

by Brook Hinton

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During some composing or recording sessions – especially improvisation or single take “live to disk” performances – impossible rules sometimes manifest themselves, as though a phantom conductor appears with their own agenda that is impossible to document with any clarity. I’ve learned it’s best to follow these irrational protocols, as resistance always breaks the piece, and the “conductor” usually knows better than I what the piece wants to become.

These three pieces were subjected to such irrational protocols. They have elements of drone, noise, and (subtly) musique concrete, though in the end even I had trouble distinguishing real vocal sources from phantom voices emanating from formant filters.

1. Airports for Parrots*
2. Crustacean Hum Therapy Runs Over
3. Shelter, Lack of Same

*A slightly different version of this track was previously released as a digital download


released November 3, 2020




Brook Hinton San Francisco, California

Experimental composer / filmmaker and accidental academic, based mostly in San Francisco, exploring amorphous states and excavating landscapes as a means of transportation to the present.

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