Magical, Beautiful (2006)

by Magical Beautiful

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about

May 29, 2014, Chicago, IL

I made this music from age 25 to 26. In one hour I turn 34, admiring the hubris displayed by this young man that thought he should cover Cocoon by Bjork!

This album had previously been available only to the 150 (or so) people who purchased it on CDR when it was first released. The booklets were cut and printed in a crazy configuration, then hand-sewn by Kristin Reger.

I am making this album available for public consumption during an extended period of reflection spurred by Magical Beautiful's upcoming 8th anniversary. I am not sure how long it will stay here.

It was recorded on a Roland VS 1680 in Head Of Femur's practice space, (a.k.a.: my room), using only dynamic microphones. All EFX were recorded in real time; I had no idea what an aux send was, nor how to use compression. I mixed it live onto HiFi VHS, which was then re-digitized and mastered by Patrick Pritchett.

This is what I wrote about it back then:

"Home-recorded by one man over 10 months in Chicago, IL; this is a moving, dynamic debut of "grandiosely stoned prog/pop compositions put together with chewing gum and resin" (Blastitude) that will get your heart-mind moving. Space hoedowns, sexual-spiritual crises, candy-coated Suicide odes, guitar improvisations and a song that sounds like Neil Young guesting on a Tchaikovsky/Gershwin collabo; this is a strange release that covers much ground. Aural unification comes via the wild, unorthodox production techniques employed, with several tactile layers of reverb & delay working together to make an intense and intimate listen.

These are the first recordings Mr. Torstensen attempted to make of the first real songs he had ever written, and features radical interpretations of songs by Joe Meek, Bjork & Will Oldham. Equal attention is paid to: songwriting; production; performance; forthrightness; humor and sensuality. Multi-tracked vocals often fly out of their comfort zone as virtuosic piano playing is fuzzed-out by delayed bass. Comes in hand-made, much-labored-over packaging featuring lyrics, artwork & extraneous information."

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released September 15, 2006

All songs written, recorded, performed and mixed by Tyson Torstensen 2005-2006 at Hear A New World in Chicago, IL. C&P Tyson Torstensen / I Hear A New World (ASCAP) 2006.

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I Hear A New World Chicago, Illinois

Record label established 2006; based in Chicago, IL, USA; helping to represent Magical Beautiful, Night Terror, Ga'an, Gaspra, Winded, Horde, etc. via vinyl, cassette, CD and digital files.

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