Twas the Night Before Christmas

by Aleatory Music Systems

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This is a live recording of AMS' first foray into 'radiophonic storytelling' which took place at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh on Saturday 13 December as part of the Society of Scottish Artists' Winter Social. A reading of A Visit from Saint Nicholas (aka 'Twas the Night Before Christmas) was combined with short-wave radio and analogue electronics to create a hopefully rather dream-like and mesmerising half hour.


released December 15, 2014

The spoken word source material is a public domain recording of A Visit from Saint Nicholas made for by Sean Lynott:

All other elements of the recording by Robert Baldock.

The cover art was designed by Andy Fielding:




Aleatory Music Systems East Lothian, UK

Aleatory Music Systems (AMS) is an ongoing research project by Chief Scientist Robert Baldock to explore the boundary between order and chaos in systems music and computer music. Source material comes from radio, analogue synths and field recordings. Most of the more abstract pieces are improvised in real time using either Java or Max/MSP performance applications. ... more

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