LCNL 036: M. SAGE presents Half-Speed Flourish

halfspeed flourish coverLCNL 036: M. Sage presents Half-Speed Flourish

M. SAGE has given us something special, a unique mix of half-speed orchestral flourishes that reveals aspects of his aesthetic approach as a mix that can be enjoyed purely on its own terms.


So what’s going on here?  Set this up for us.

For a while now, I have been using old orchestra LPs as source material for my recordings. One of my favorite tricks is to record snippets of the introduction flourishes from old big-band era tracks and cut them up into sample arrangements. The giant sweeping chords that open a lot of the music from this era really captivates me…because these intros are usually far more melodically complex then the rest of the song that follows.

I have an old Califone 1420K record player that has a really worm vintage solid-state tone, and the table can run at 16rpm. I jacked the table into my computer, and recorded the opening flourishes from some tracks. I also have a few of these saved, in my base of sounds, that I scooped from AM radio a while back. I have used several of these tracks in M. Sage recordings, primarily “a sunday kind of love” which is the root sample for “prairie bell” from my cassette “Lux Collapsing.” The rest are a mystery.

Tell us about yourself.  Who is M. Sage?

I am from Fort Collins, Colorado. I am currently preparing to release a new double LP of material I recorded and composed with some friends over the last year. The album comes out this December. I also have tons of other recordings available through Patient Sounds, the label I own and operate. We have released 45+ tapes and have our first 2 vinyl releases coming this winter.

Learn more at his site, and hear more of his sound collages at his soundcloud page.


skitch henderson – moonlight in vermont

michael legrand – song from moulin rouge

korngold / phil pop orch – the constant nymph

perkins parish / the heavenly voices with wally scott and his orchestra – stars fell on alabama

griffes / phil pops orch* – the white peacock

unknown (record label damaged)

unknown (record label damaged)

performer unknown – autumn in rome

unknown (scooped from am radio)

claude thornhill orchestra + fran warren – a sunday kind of love

About Joseph Sannicandro

writer | traveler | sound organizer | contrarian | concerned citizen

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  1. Pingback: M. Sage ~ Data in the Details | a closer listen

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