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Bass Clef releasing 12,060 seconds of Ashley Paul, Peverelist, Hacker Farm and more

Ralph Cumbers is stepping up the output of his Magic + Dreams label with a new series of cassette releases called 12,000 Seconds. The first four releases in the split series will be Punch Drunk label head Peverelist, saxophonist and improvisor Ashley Paul, Cube Microplex co-founder Graeme Hogg as Vi, and Hacker Farm.

Cumbers gave each artist a brief of 12,000 second. He writes: "All the artists were given the same set of eight track times: 0:06, 0:23, 1:11, 2:37, 3:03, 3:14, 4:20 and 6:06. They could do what they want, as long as they stuck to these exact times. I always thought I was good at maths, but to my chagrin I later noticed that the times actually add up to 12,060 seconds. But hey, nobody's perfect. I left the series title as a reminder of my fallibility."

The first four installments will be released as a series of split cassettes, with letter pressed artwork, on 10 November. Cumbers says the second batch in the series will be released next year.