Mono No Aware
Impermanence is a love letter to transience, fragility and the analogue machines Ian Hawgood persuades to articulate the poignantly brittle beauty of decay. After many years of in-demand mastering, label curation and collaborative focus Hawgood now offers us a definitive portrait of the technical expertise and personal integrity demanded by exemplary modern tape-based practice.
In studios between Tokyo and Warsaw walls of reel-to-reel tape recorders, analogue synthesisers, processed textures and degraded cassette recordings were all carefully coaxed into braiding together their hiss, wow, flutter and warmth into this beautifully flowing nine-chapter arc of delicately unpredictable sound. Impermanence is an understated, finely wrought work that honours process and outcome equally, exhibiting a rare tonal and conceptual elegance throughout and marking an assured return to solo composition from a true master of the analogue arts.
Impermanence is the fourth in the Slowcraft Presents series created and curated by James Murray: exceptional, unclassifiable music offered in carefully handcrafted limited editions for people who treasure beautiful audio artefacts.
"Impermanence is a sublime document of sonic ephemerality and extraordinary filigree in terms of both texture and emotion."
- Stationary Travels
"Technically located at an extremely high level... each of the 9 songs has stunning charm." - Gezeitenstrom
"Music of significant value... along with enlightened levels of patience, Hawgood instils a deep calm into the fabric of the record."
- Fluid Radio
"Admirers of everything hand-made, intimate, and intricately curated will be in love... highly recommended." - Headphone Commute
released April 18, 2019
Written, Produced and Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Artwork by Stijn Hüwels
Design by James Murray
Studer A80 for mixdowns and mastering (acquired by British Library)
Studer A807 for mixdowns (acquired by British Library)
2 x Revox PR99 Mk I and II
2 x BBC modded Revox PR99 as mono-delay units
2 x Revox A77
Akai reel-to-reels (various) on loop
Korg Poly800 II
Roland Juno 106
Sequential Prophet Six
Sequential Circuits Six Trak
Sony Cassette Tape hanging from our apartment by the river in Nakajuku, Tokyo
No computers were used in these recordings.