The Way of A​.​O​.​K.

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The three pieces that make up The Way of A. O. K. each conceptually combine a sound found in modern life (an ATM, a turn signal, a baseball stadium) with a short quote from Lao Tzu's Toa Te Ching. The keyboard sounds are meditations recorded at half speed, giving upon (faster) playback a broader perspective of their combined revelations. This music is unashamedly inspired by the sounds of Terry Riley's Rainbow in Curved Air. Though I'm not sure of the technique he employed to make that piece, it must have been similar to this. When Rainbow was made, it may have been theoretically impossible to recreate in a live-music setting, as the performances were (I believe) temporally altered. Modern music technology, however, may now be able to alter such instrumental performances as they are happening. Such an approach to music performance could be the next step in the blurring of conceptual lines between "live" and recorded musics.


released June 1, 2010

originally released as part of LMM 3.2

• all songs written and recorded by John Clement Wood, April 2010

• artwork by Sharon Gong ::




John Clement Wood Los Angeles, California

John Clement Wood is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer, working with artists as varied as Mike Kelley, Sebastien Tellier, Anni Rossi, Cougarship, and the Black Keys. He produced 36 disparate albums of original music as part of the Learning Music Monthly album-a-month series. Wood composes music for a variety of film and media. He is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts ... more

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