Remaining copies available at Norman Records
We are super excited to welcome back Ned Milligan to the record label, this time round Ned has collaborated with long term friend John Atkinson.
Fifteen years of friendship has given 'Call Me When You Can' a warm heart. Although their lives went in separate directions, Ned Milligan and John Atkinson stayed in touch. Ned was producing chimes up in Maine, fitting in his musical pursuits and passions with the regular rhythm of daily life. John had recently relocated back to the USA after living in Australia, travelling from California to Minneapolis to New York and onwards to New Jersey.
Ned sent John cassette recordings of Maine-born chimes; sounds that were raised on the front porch. John fed the chimes into his laptop, altering and editing them before sending them back. In this way, Call Me When You Can took on a life of its own, sliding between the two states and retaining a strong fluidity and balance in spite of the distance. John improvised over the top of Ned’s sounds, using the original source to add subtle colourings and gentle tweaks to the call-and-response process.
The music is a feathery breeze, and the breeze can also represent their friendship: easy, approachable, and still very much alive. Chimes fade in and out, rising and falling in volume and intensity like a long-distance signal or an intermittent phone reception (or even scatterings of dialogue and communication, draped over a gathering of years), but still coming through the mix, highlighting the strength of the bond.
Perhaps the most surprising element is its level of intimacy. The process was a long-distance one, but their friendship knows no bounds. Strong friends can pick up where they left off, no matter the gulf. Friendship can survive and even outlast distance – just give me a call when you can.
Ned Milligan - Chimes
John Atkinson - Processing
Recorded, composed, and constructed in 2019
Mastered by Taylor Deupree
Packaging design by Daniel Crossley
Print design by Craig Tattersall
Once again, the design for this one takes the listener back to times long forgotten. The Book Editions comes with a beautiful vintage book that has been cut up, re-assembled and re-structured into book-bound CD covers, once again focusing on the theme of fragility within the new series. Each copy will also feature prints, library cards, stamps, glass slides and book-marks. Unique, limited and made with love. Edition of 100 copies!
Made by hand,
1 x Vintage (circa:1895-1957) hardback clothbound book: re-assembled / bound together (inner and outer spines) into CD covers
Each copy also includes pages of writing / pictures from each book
20 x A7 photographic prints on luxury uncoated paper; designed by Craig Tattersalll
1 x A7 library print (stamped / numbered)
1 x vintage family photograph (circa:1875-1962)
2 x finger printed CDs
1 x Vintage (rare) glass slide (6 x 6) that rests inside glassine bag
Stamped / hand numbered / scented
All of the above rests inside stitched / sealed Japanese wax bags
Download code (includes audio and 20 PDF prints)
Limited to 100 copies
Made with love...