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Jay Crocker Reveals New JOYFULTALK And Shares BIBELOT Visual Album
22 Jan 2020

Jay Crocker Reveals New JOYFULTALK And Shares BIBELOT Visual Album

A new JOYFULTALK album is forthcoming this spring, entitled A Separation Of Being and based on a monumental graphic score using Crocker's Planetary Music System. Meanwhile Crocker is also offering up a 5-track visual album featuring a series of recent compositions he created for his award-winning sound installation BIBELOT.

A resplendent new album by Jay Crocker’s JOYFULTALK is coming this spring.

A Separation Of Being is a mantric and exuberantly melodic work of systems music for bespoke electronics, analog clockworks and strings. Based on Crocker’s visual score (a wall-spanning 5’x10′ artwork in its own right, recently acquired by the Nova Scotia Art Bank), it’s the first album-length composition to fully realise his long-developing Planetary Music System.

Translated from two-dimensional page to trans-dimensional aural life using an array of homemade instruments and sequencers, A Separation Of Being is crowned with a gyrating string arrangement of buoyant intersecting rondos, written by Crocker and performed by Polaris and Juno winner Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Destroyer). Channelling minimalism, post-classical and Japanese environmental music, along with Maghrebian rhythmic modes and other numinous folkways, this is Crocker’s most accomplished musical work to date.

Get a first taste of JOYFULTALK’s A Separation Of Being:




Following the release of JOYFULTALK’s Constellation debut Plurality Trip in 2018, Jay Crocker has been keeping busy at his rural Crousetown, Nova Scotia homestead. Amidst his ongoing construction and testing of robots and other sensor-driven light and sound assemblages, Crocker composed and crafted the meticulous, expansive graphic score for A Separation Of Being, recorded and mixed this three-movement suite with the addition acoustic strings, and created a series of new audio pieces for his BIBELOT sound sculpture/installation as the award-winning work toured galleries around Eastern Canada (most recently at Phi Center in Montréal last month).

The original artwork of Crocker’s visual score for A Separation Of Being is graphite on paper. The score was given a full-colour rendition by Crocker for the album packaging, as seen in the video above. The 180gram vinyl edition includes a 12″x24″ art print reproduction of this kaleidoscopic drawing, and is also reproduced on the CD mini-gatefold jacket.

Stay tuned in mid-February when we’ll be sharing a full 9-minute track, revealing complete album artwork, and announcing the official preorder for this terrific record.




In the meantime…

The BIBELOT Visual Album

Ahead of the forthcoming A Separation Of Being, Crocker is sharing a very different sort of album: five new compositions designed to be played by BIBELOT, his award-winning kinetic audio installation. BIBELOT is a set of 16 handmade wooden speaker boxes suspended in a cubic array, each one on a timer and fitted with one of various mechanical devices that trigger a sound loop: an automatic orchestra of intention and accident where the compositional experience is set in motion by randomized clockworks and only truly completed each time a viewer/listener navigates the three-dimensional space.





Crocker premiered the new BIBELOT composition ‘Iterations Of Love’ during the work’s recent and wellreceived (en français) run at Phi Center in Montréal. Among other elements, the piece includes short keening vocal samples and mechanical music-boxes reading ticker-tape punch cards, conveying a wistfully disembodied, elegaic sonic atmosphere that makes BIBELOT into something almost temple-like and commemorative. An iteration of this song can be heard as BIBELOT 2 below; in other pieces, BIBELOT becomes a foreboding drone machine (BIBELOT 1), a primitive scanner of radio waves (BIBELOT 4), or emits sound like a clattering surveillance apparatus (BIBELOT 3); it’s also pressed into service as a poly-directional playback device for guitar-based composition (BIBELOT 5).


All these audio pieces were recorded live and in situ while being performed by BIBELOT. To create the accompanying videos, Crocker takes footage from the sculptural installation itself and juxtaposes it with other materials in re-projections using various film and video technologies, supplanted with additional light effects and treatments. Now collected into a 5-track visual album, it’s a testament to his unique blend of DIY and avant-garde, conceptual and kinetic – and a recombinant aesthetic dynamism that stimulates his works to expand across mediums and through a multiplicity of spacial and temporal instantiations.




























22 Jan 2020

Jay Crocker Reveals New JOYFULTALK And Shares BIBELOT Visual Album

A new JOYFULTALK album is forthcoming this spring, entitled A Separation Of Being and based on a monumental graphic score using Crocker's Planetary Music System. Meanwhile Crocker is also offering up a 5-track visual album featuring a series of recent compositions he created for his award-winning sound installation BIBELOT.

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