James Ginzburg, one half of experimental duo Emptyset and head of the Subtext imprint, has announced a new solo album, Six Correlations.

Six Correlations was originally composed for a commissioned performance in Berlin and recorded in early 2018 over three days. The project explores the intersections between traditional music from various cultures, with a particular focus on Gaelic folk music native to the remote island regions of Scotland, where half of Ginzburg’s family originates from. It incorporates influences of Iranian traditional music, Indian classical, and generative composition techniques, and was produced using a hand drum, piano, voice, Shruti box, and Roland SH-101. 

We’re also told that the album “brings together many of the influences” Ginzburg has worked with over the last years, such as Turkish artist and percussionist Cevdet Erek and Swedish composer Ellen Arkbro—as well as connecting with his instrumental explorations with Paul Purgasas as Emptyset, and recent releases on Arc Light Editions such as Salm, an LP of Gaelic Psalm singing from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. 


01. light, timed – a river

02. of glass reversal

03. if to pause

04. a pattern, returned

05. – reflects

06. above water, inside

Six Correlations will land on October 19 via Subtext.