Transmissions

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0. A historian is a stove-keeper: the season, with its expected and unforeseen fluctuations in temperature, dictate whether his job is to gather fuel or feed the fire. Before me… …finest wood. 1. Conventional wisdom says the oldest histories are the best seasoned, and produce the most energy in the shortest time. In the 8th Generation, when the textile villages/ 2. “Father Podzvonny walked his dog down Mykhailivska every Sunday. He hoped to hear the bells. Man and dog." Tell me what to do with this? 3. It is always only winter now. We play chess, drink tea once a week. 4. In the library in the city, there were four books left. Some villages still had one or two of their own, stored in root cellars. It was harder to find the ledgers which recorded what had once been put up and what had been burned, but our historians are diligent and I knew they were there. I found oral histories on magnetic tapes. I have it all now. 5. The most ruthless cousins are the hopeful ones. 6. We sent transmissions while those who had lived on earth lived. 7. My own experience finally convinced me that one should not judge a society by the way it collapses. 8. We need more than words in books and tapes to understand the past, but we never produced archeologists. Everything has always been reused. What we couldn't reuse, we consumed. So I don't know how to interpret the ruins. We scavenge the barns of Village 20 and I wonder: why is the joinery so different from the barns of Village 4? There is no one in either place to ask. This shirt I found with orange yarn for ties: who wore such a color? Or was it the fashion? What did they grow or mine that bled so rich a dye? And the knots, still fastening the lower placket! So elaborate, so occult! And did the wearer always leave them tied or just that last time? I tried to tell a story, but I'm still baffled by the places where things join with other things.
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The release of “Transmissions” marks the beginning of our OZET 10th anniversary celebration.

In the summer of 2017, we invited four of our favorite musicians into the studio to record songs from the OZET Songbook and a selection of Transmissions. We’ve collected those reimagined Transmissions here.


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About the Transmissions
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In November 2010, Aaron was in the middle of a hectic stretch of work, composing and designing sound for plays across the country with Daniel Baker (as Broken Chord). Aaron and Scott had been making OZET pieces for almost three and a half years, but five months had passed since their last piece, Alberts I-V. Aaron, Scott, and Daniel were playing around with the idea of forming an OZET Band. Aaron’s son, Leon, was two months old.

On the 22nd Aaron bought his first life insurance policy, came home, and recorded a short instrumental track in his apartment in Washington Heights.

He called the track a “transmission.” We can’t now remember exactly why, but messages – transmitted between earth and the OZET, between generations of Pioneers, between OZET villages, between the underground and the uninformed, the imprisoned and the free – have played an important role in nearly all of our pieces.

Over the next seven years, he wrote at least 130 more transmissions. Some explored the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic qualities of the OZET Formula; some investigated formal composition or sonic techniques; some developed ideas specific to performance pieces we were creating at the time.

credits

released November 24, 2017

Kate Gentile - drums
Devin Hoff - bass
Taylor Levine - guitar
Aaron Meicht - synths
Matt Mitchell - piano
Jesse Perez - voice

All music by Aaron Meicht. Text by Scott Blumenthal.

It was recorded in New York by John Kilgore in July of 2017. It was mixed and mastered by Aaron Meicht.

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OZET is an ongoing artistic collaboration that encompasses a variety of live performances, films, studio-produced song recordings, and a band. Each piece of the project draws on and expands the fictional history of the Collective Sphere OZET.

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