David Cunningham ‎– Grey Scale

Piano ‎– Piano 001
Vinyl, LP

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A1 Error System (BAGFGAB)
Piano, Glockenspiel, Synthesizer, Percussion – David Cunningham
A2 Error System (C Pulse Solo Recording)
Violin, Piano, Bass Guitar, Glockenspiel – David Cunningham
A3 Error System (C Pulse Group Recording)
Bass – Alan HudsonGlockenspiel – Stephen ReynoldsPiano – Derek Roberts (7)Violin – David Cunningham
A4 Error System (E Based Group Recording)
Glockenspiel – Derek Roberts (7)Percussion – Alan Hudson, Michael DohertyPiano – Stephen Reynolds
A5 Error System (EFGA)
Guitar, Synthesizer, Glockenspiel – David Cunningham
B1 Ecuador
Percussion, Glockenspiel, Synthesizer, Recorder – David Cunningham
B2 Water Systemised
Recorder [Tape Recorders], Sounds [Water] – David Cunningham
B3 Venezuela 1
Piano, Violin, Guitar, Percussion – David Cunningham
B4 Guitar Systemised
Recorder [Tape Recorders], Guitar – David Cunningham
B5 Venezuela 2
Glockenspiel – Derek Roberts (7)Percussion – David CunninghamSynthesizer – Stephen Reynolds
B6 Bolivia
Piano, Percussion, Synthesizer, Strings – David Cunningham



Error System
The players play a repeating phrase. As soon as one player makes a mistake that mistake is made the basis of his repetition unless it is modified by a further mistake. Thus each player proceeds at his own rate to change the sound in an uncontrollable manner. On no account should 'mistakes' be made deliberately to introduce a change into a performance. In short - sustain your errors.

The water piece and the guitar piece are analogous to this process. However the process is automatic here, an inherent quality in the machinery used.

The numerical sequence used in Ecuador and Bolivia is: 11221111223332112222331112332233331122232 repeated three times. The last time an extra 11 is tagged onto the end. Each number refers to a bar, repetitions of a specific number are uniform.

Notated according to the Ecuador system, Venezuela is 11223344556677 etc. for each player except the musician supplying the constant pulse.

Copies exist with identical front and rear sleeve designs to the issue pictured, but as printed sheets pasted on to either side of a plain white blank sleeve.



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March 1, 2016
There's also a test press version (I have one) with red handwritten/stamped labels. The sleeve is two sheets, it's slightly different on the back because it thanks some people. I've added pictures of the different parts.