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To Come Into Being

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After "Tempus Fugit" was released in 1980, ACS tried another electronic music recording and named it EMS #2, or "To Come Into Being. This tape was rejected by Eurock magazine, but picked up by Ken H.'s Aeon Distribution out of Colorado. This was Ken's sixth tape release by mail order. The cover, which was a hand-drawn copy of a photograph published in Omni magazine, was modified for the digital release on Bandcamp.

The album used a lot of percussion sources, and the third track, "Reflections of the Light", was originally divided into two parts: a) The Light and b) Reflections. The opening track on side two, "Glass Shapes That Shatter in the Wind", was originally only 3:10 in length; this was extended to run 6:20 on the CD because so many people thought it should have been longer.

Side two was taken up mostly by the lengthy piece, "Svit For 15 Oscillators", and was a cut-and-splice experiment, using the Minimoog with Ken's portable Lowrey organ plugged into it so that the filters could be used for those 12 oscillators. Add the 3 from the Moog, and you have 15 oscillators total. There were opposing opinions about the tape, but in general, Chris Furse's enthusiasm in passing it around to friends of Faceout, says that it was mostly favorable.

To this day, TCIB remains Ken's most widely reviewed album, and sold the most copies on tape. Several of the reviews appear in this post's gallery below, including a letter that Ken himself wrote, explaining the recording process to a fan mail. The I.E.M.A, SYNEX, AEON, Surface Noise and Recordings [of experimental music] all helped to make Ken's music more widely recognized. Alex Douglas' CLEM (the Contact List of Electronic Music) also listed Anvil Creations in their publication.

Track Listings:
    1. To Come Into Being (7:56)
    2. Open And Close (1:19)
    3. Reflections Of The Light (5:06)
    4. The Putative Curvatures Of Time (2:02)
    5. Telephone 13 (3:41)
    6. A Hole In Space (1:55)
    7. Radius Of Capture (7:36)
    8. Glass Shapes That Shatter In The Wind (6:20)
    9. Svit For 15 Oscillators (25:54)
Total Time: 60 minutes
Artist Name(s):
Ken Moore
Ken Moore / Anvil Creations
Release Year: 1981
Electroacoustic, Experimental
Album Type:
Cassette, Compact Disc, Digital / Download
Cover & Packge Design:
Ken Moore
Engineer(s): Ken Moore
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Anvil Creations
Catalog Number(s):
Baltimore, Maryland USA
Aeon Distribution
Editions / Reissues
  1. 1981 Anvil Creations AC06 cassette tape
  2. 2012 Anvil Creations AC39 digital download only
  3. 2014 ACS AC39 compact disc not for distribution
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