Soul Zodiac

by Nigel Ayers



Soul Zodiac is a temporal and spatial deconstruction of the Soul Zodiac double LP released in 1972 by the American jazz musician Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley.

Using time-stretching (a process where the duration of an audio signal is changed without affecting its pitch) each of the twelve zodiac-themed tracks has been altered from its original running time to a length of exactly one hour and burned onto a compact disc.

Each compact disc is then played on one of twelve CD players. The twelces CD players in Soul Zodiac are arranged to align with the sequence of zodiac signs they represent.

This binaural recording was made from the centre of the Soul Zodiac sound system at the time of the Summer Solstice 21 June 2012.

Soul Zodiac sound system specifications:

DURABAND CD-39B Portable Radio with CD Player x 12
Channels: 24 channels
Optical pick-up: 36 beams lasar
Frequency Response: 100Hz-16K Hz
Output Power: 1.5W x 24 (RMS)
Power source: AC 230V ~ 50 Hz
Power consumption: 13.5W x 12
Speaker impedance: 4 Ohms


released August 3, 2020

Photograph by Lesley Ayers


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Nocturnal Emissions Cornwall, UK

Nocturnal Emissions' Nigel Ayers has continued to work with a strong underground of cult support, avoiding music industry fashions, and following his own creative path he concentrated on creating a strong sense of a wilderness identity through sound.

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