JOYFULTALK announces new album A Separation Of Being and shares 9-minute track “Pixelated skin”

February 22, 2020
Photo Credit  Annie France Noel


Canadian multi-media artist Jay Crocker presents his third and most impressive JOYFULTALK album, a tour-de-force of modern composition systems music for electronics and strings. A Separation Of Being is based on Crocker’s mural-sized visual score artwork and his Planetary Music System of rotational interlocking notation. Channeling minimalism, Japanese environmental music, Maghrebian rhythmic modes and other numinous folkways, and featuring string arrangements performed by Juno and Polaris Prize winner Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Destroyer)A Separation Of Being is translated from two-dimensional page to trans-dimensional aural life using an array of homemade instruments.

Visual scores often provoke ideas of openness, interpretation, improv and fluidity. JOYFULTALK’s third album, and second for Constellation, is an altogether different beast. This three-part suite is airtight; interlocking arcs of polyrhythmic deep groove and new minimalism roll out in spellbinding propulsion, the music gathering its warmth from the strings and its peculiarities from Crocker’s bespoke instrumentation and analog clockworks. The separation of being here is not division or rupture, but buoyant freedom through conduction of circulatory energies, marked by flowing melodic rondos of gyrating strings and sonic pointillism. A Separation Of Being is a systems music feast for the heart and mind.

And lest we forget the eyes: Crocker began developing ‘The Planetary Music System’, his particular methodology for visualized composition, in 2012. The score for A Separation Of Being is the pinnacle of his system to date. Impressive in scale and scope, this stunning 5’x10’ mural (acquired by Nova Scotia’s provincial Art Bank in 2019) features geometric multi-directional cycles of brightly-coloured, finely-detailed sound notation. Album packaging on CD and audiophile 180g LP features details on the outer jacket cover art, and a reproduction of the full score on the inside gatefold, and as an exquisite 12” x 24”pull-out art print, respectively.

Both the intricate graphic score and the superterrestrial music distinguish and elevate Crocker/JOYFULTALK as a creator/producer/performer who’s been integrating sonic, artistic and sculptural practices into unique installation, environmental and recorded works for the past 15 years. A Separation Of Being is a career-defining conceptual and compositional endeavour that finds one of Canada’s most iconoclastic experimental music minds sublimated into a work of entrancing rigour and dynamism.

A Separation Of Being
    CST150 • 180g LP / CD / DL
Release Date: 13 March 2020


Part I • I’ve got that trans-dimensional feeling again (7:43)
Part II • Pixelated skin (8:49)
Part III • Liquified then evaporated (16:48) 

RIYL: Steve Reich, Laurel Halo, Actress, Mikael Seifu, Laurie Spiegel, Oliver Coates, Kelly Moran, Clark, Laraaji

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