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by Blanket Swimming

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Ochema was created while I was sick with covid. After several days of being drained of energy, I had the urge to record something. I chose to limit myself, using only a Roland synthesizer, mixing board, and a handful of guitar pedals. I wanted to create something stripped-down, honest, a moment reflected in an expression, a gesture. I closed my laptop and improvised sleepy-handedly over one side of a c90 I had picked up a few weeks back at a creative reuse shop. I then transferred the tape recording to my laptop and cut the single piece into 8 tracks, listening to where subtle changes occurred and movements emerged. Besides mastering, no other post-production or post-processing was used. The track titles were chosen by opening the I Ching to a random page.

Listening back to this album now, I can feel myself in that weakened state, in a a daze, looking for some way out, desperate for my health to return. Perhaps this music was that way out, or rather through. The subtle energy trickles in, coming to rest in a shimmering surface of reflection, light, and presence. Like it did for me, may this music offer the listener a moment of rest, reflection, and release.


released October 20, 2022

Nicholas Maloney - Roland Gaia SH01, mixing board, fx pedals, mastering
Recorded December 2021 - January 2022
Cover art is a detail from Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight, 1835 by Joseph Mallord William Turner


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Blanket Swimming Portland, Oregon

Since 2015, sound artist Nicholas Maloney has produced music under the moniker Blanket Swimming, focusing on spontaneity, fluidity, texture, and presence.

For sound art and field recording works, see: nicholasmaloney.bandcamp.com

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