The Sound Of Me

McCloud Zicmuse

Music — this thing that is so much as part of our life as it shapes it. Whether we are going through the perks of early mornings or in search for the perfect catalyst to get a party started: we all have a mental playlist for specific moments and memories. Since here at Subbacultcha music is essential to our existence, we decided that from now on, every month, we’ll ask interesting friends to take some time to reflect on those moments in life and how music completes them.

McCloud Zicmuse is the Chef d’orchestre of Le Ton Mité, letterpress printer, potter, luthier sauvage and a free jazz bassoonist. He talks about the perfect wake up song and the sound of birds or traffic outside.

A song for waking up

This is the sound of my alarm. There is something in the subtle variations of the theme and the pulsing rhythm that help me get up to face the  day. We recorded this song at Studio Chaudelande in Normandy in 2007.

A song that keeps you focussed at work

When I’m setting type, putting ink on the press or running a job (printing), this cassette is usually playing, it’s all one song to me, I become intermingled with work, the instant & universal time.

A song that makes you sad

2016 has been a pretty intense year, to say the least. When I saw this song live at Marc’s show at the Botanique this past May, I lost it. How someone can express so much emotion with abstracted vocals & synthesised sounds is beyond my capacity to understand.

A song for relaxing

I have to admit that if I listen to music at all, I don’t listen to individual songs very often, I usually listen to albums: vinyls on my poor quality record player or cassettes. For relaxing, I could mention traditional folk musics, consorts & madrigals from England, Flemish polyphonic sounds from the middle ages, but usually (and visitors notice!) for relaxing, the sounds one hears at my house are the hum of the heating, the birds or traffic outside, the flushing toilet and from time to time the crazy weddings that take place at the communal house next door.

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