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'Vanitas' is the result of a collaborative performance between Fischer and Jam for the Portland ambient series Bloom, in the winter of 2018. The title is taken from the 17th-century vanitas painting tradition which points to the inevitability of change, the transience of vanity and the ephemerality of human life.

"Sound is a haunting, a ghost, a presence whose location in space is ambiguous and whose existence in time is fleeting. The intangibility of sound is uncanny – a phenomenal presence both in the head, at its point of source and all around, and never entirely distinct from auditory hallucinations. The close listener is like a medium who draws out substance from that which is not entirely there." – David Toop, Sinister Resonance


releases April 26, 2019

Composed and Performed by Marcus Fischer & Burke Jam
Recorded by Burke Jam at 1324, Portland
Mixed by Marcus Fischer at Arbor Suite, Portland
Mastered by Lawrence English at Negative Space

Artwork by Marcus Fischer & Burke Jam

Many thanks to Yann Novak, Lawrence English, Kevin Meyer & Bloom, Sarah Nance, Tim Wescott, Kevin Holden and all our friends and family that have shown their support over the years.


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Dragon’s Eye Recordings is an imprint based in Los Angeles and curated by sound and visual artist Yann Novak. Since 2005, Dragon’s Eye has released over 70 editions in the fields of sound art and experimental music with a focus on electronic, electroacoustic, field recording, drone and acousmatic music. ... more

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