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Four Workings

Richard Skelton

A. [ ken- ] commencement 15:15
B. [ aus- ] radiance 15:15
C. [ pā- ] protection 15:15
D. [ ghē- ] releasement 15:15

Four Workings uses cards drawn from a divination deck as cues for a series of musical compositions made with the same restricted palette of sounds. The self-devised deck features word roots in Proto-Indo-European, a hypothetical language of the Late Neolithic. Four Workings therefore continues Skelton’s long-abiding interest in archaeology by formally extending his research into a ritual acoustic domain. Each composition is a meditation upon a single, unvoiced question. The album was recorded during lockdown in summer 2020.

Edition of 44

2 x clear 12-inch lathe-cut records

2 x sleeves with individual artwork

Music download card

Cut by Michael Lawrence

Note: These are not conventionally manufactured records. Each ‘copy’ is a unique artefact - individually cut direct-to-disc in real-time by a master engineer. Lathe-cuts have a characteristic sound with a higher level of surface noise than ordinary vinyl, a narrower stereo field and a subtle halo of distortion.

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