Jeremiah Cymerman: Systema Munditotius, vol. 1

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Jeremiah Cymerman: Systema Munditotius, vol. 1
Musician, composer, producer, Jeremiah Cymerman may have created the soundtrack to our current circumstance. Not that his project Systema Munditotius, vol. 1 was conceived and produced after the discovery of the CoronaVirus in 2019, but that it may have prophesied this pandemic.

This project centers around a diagram psychiatrist Carl Jung created in 1916. It was a mandala representing the system of all the worlds. Where his prior recording Decay of An Angel (5019 Records, 2018) concerned the intersection of the acoustic (man) and the electro-acoustic (machine), Systema Munditotius, vol. 1 deals with the correspondence between man and the Universe. To put it in simpler terms, this is the soundtrack to a film being shot everyday through your own eyes.

Together with Yeah Yeah Yeahs' drummer Brian Chase, also a member of Cymerman's trio Pale Horse with Christopher Hoffman, the pair deliver the six movements heard as four clarinets and two percussionists, interlaced with electronics and delay to effect a chimerical sound. The suite is thoroughly composed and executed as formal twenty-first century music, albeit cast as ominous and forbidding. Cymerman sculpts with low-end bass frequencies and knife-edged overblown clarinets to craft differing weather patterns. His use of percussion mines a boom-boom pulse against the rattle-tick of a snare drum which incites butterflies to lengthen the tension. Sequenced together, the music simultaneously looks both inward and outward at the same time. This is deep dive music.

Track Listing

I, II, III, IV, V, VI.


Jeremiah Cymerman: clarinet; Brian Chase: drums.

Album information

Title: Systema Munditotius, vol. 1 | Year Released: 2020 | Record Label: 5049 Records

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