Michael Prime ‘Fructification’

01 Insect Wavelengths (13:20)
02 Dissolving Geologic Time (9:24)
03 The Mouth Of Hermes (20:52)

Total time: 43:35
LP released 1989 on Mycophyle Records, UK

What we perceive as warmth radiating from a living organism or from the cooling earth at night, insects may perceive as bands of colour unknown to us. It may be that the human retina does possess some vestigial infra-red receptors, which can become sensitized under certain conditions. [from liner notes]

First solo LP by Michael Prime who was then graduating in Ecology and Conservation in London. Co-founder of live electronic group Morphogenesis in 1985 (with Clive Graham, Roger Sutherland, Ron Briefel, Fred Sansom and Andy Courdry), Prime is famous for his development of bio-feedback in experimental music, amplifying plants or fungi, using bat-detectors as sound source, etc. His own music and that of Morphogenesis can be considered the british branch of David Tudor, David Behrman and Gordon Mumma’s live-electronics of the 1970-80s. The first track on this LP is based on voice recordings, the 2nd uses a bat-detector’s output and the last is build from field recordings. All sounds are processed beyond recognition to create a kind of living electronic organism with a life of its own. Witnessing these insect-like sounds constantly evolving is a captivating experience, possibly because the sounds seem to change not merely from composing gestures but through a living-like process. I assume completely disappearing behind the process is one of Michael Prime’s goals and he fully succeeds in these tracks. Ecological music on auto-pilot, sort of.


11 Responses to “Michael Prime ‘Fructification’”

  1. 1 enborRa September 10, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Aupa Continuo.
    Buen LP, yo tambien tenia pensado en subirlo……..
    Te dejo una imagen:

    Un saludo

  2. 2 Margot September 11, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Excellent Process Musick…thank you for this one and keep on with your EXCELLENT work.



  3. 3 continuo September 11, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Uh… nice picture, enborRa. You have very cute statues at home! I guess you had planned to post this LP in September on enborRa. Sorry for this.
    Margot: thanks for the appreciation.

  4. 4 H.C.Earwicker September 11, 2008 at 8:27 am

    This is really a good one, Continuo; thanks a lot. It’s always great to discover other artists (besides John Cage) who work with concepts of contingency.

    And thanks for your comment on my Ba-Benzéle post on “CoC”. I’ll leave a reply there later today.

  5. 5 continuo September 11, 2008 at 8:42 am

    To H.C.E.: Well, actually I did NOT comment on this specific post of yours, though I admitedly owe you some feedback on the Eraserhead remix and the new H.C.E Lewis Carrol ambient mix. Thanks for commenting on Continuo anyway.

  6. 6 H.C.Earwicker September 11, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Awww, shucks – my mistake. Of course I was referring to my Weltmusik post with music by Fritsch and Ranta! And your comments on my mixes are always welcome.

  7. 7 Miquel September 14, 2008 at 8:46 pm


    great blog. i know you via juju and i will return soon….

  8. 8 continuo September 14, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    You’re welcome, Miquel, whenever you return.

  9. 9 Engrudo September 20, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    good album, thank you

  10. 10 continuo September 20, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    You’re welcome.

  11. 11 Godard January 3, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Dear Continuo
    Another Michael Prime you may be interested in…I’ve linked back to this early post of yours


    best wishes for 2010

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