The Proxemics EP

by Mike McCormick

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woodyard 03:45
Come over and play? I would do something you’d want in exchange… Anything you’d want to do!
Thank you for understanding… Thank you for loving… Thank you for being… Thank you for adding… Thank you for making… Thank you for being… Thank you for having… Thank you for making… Thank you for seeing… Thank you for drying… Thank you for letting… Thank you for believing… Thank you for pushing…and inspiring… Thank you for being… Thank you for our future adventures!! Thank you for being… Thank you for your sweet kisses. Thank you for being… Thank you for asking… Thank you for getting… Thank you for loving… Thank you for trusting me over mountains Thank you for letting me unravel and reinvent Thank you for listening Thank you for making me stronger Thank you for making me stand on my own two feet Thank you for making me think me own thoughts Thank you for accepting all of me Thank you.
moving 04:11
moving on 04:30
…oh! and why I was so excited to talk to you and wanted to talk right away was that I'm so excited to be your friend!! Because when you're in love with someone it can go away (like boyfriend/girlfriend) but you don't just stop loving your friends. And we just get along so great together that I just can't bear the thought of us not being friends. But the thing that makes this a little complicated is that because I lost you as my boyfriend I'm terrified now about losing you as a friend, which is why I think I get so weird and upset when I feel like you're being cold or indifferent and then I fly off the handle and say that I don't want to be friends which I guess is just a defence because I'm so scared of you hurting me so badly again. And it's so confusing for me because I trust you and love you with all my heart but that doesn't take away how much you hurt me. And another reason is because I invested so much time and energy and so much of myself into our relationship, if we're not friends now I'll have nothing from our two years together. And I'm terrified of you just walking away from our friendship like you walked away from our relationship. BUT Then I realized - I can't be constantly worried about it because that's when I go crazy, and who the hell would want to be friends with me then?! So I just have to trust, and if this does happen and you walk away from our friendship, then I'll just have to deal with it then rather than be worried about it all the time. So now I'm really excited to be friends…


In the summer of 2016, Mike McCormick decided to address his performative limitations by composing a set of personalized technical studies for the electric guitar. Exploring the physical and practical distance between him and his instrument encouraged him to examine other “distances” in various aspects of his life. This lead him to compose songs using texts from a collection of saved letters, emails, and electronic messages sent to him from partners with whom he had been previously intimately involved in order to examine the emotional “spaces” he had created in his life.

This resulting collection of compositions, his Proxemic Studies, are an intensely personal examination of human intimacy that depict the unabashed beauty of unconditional love, the bitterness of heartbreak, and the volatility of passionate lust.


released November 1, 2018

Laura Swankey - voice
Mike McCormick - electric guitar
Knut Kvifte Nesheim - drum kit, vibraphone

All composed material by Mike McCormick.
Recorded in Oslo in June 2017 by Ulf Holand.
Mixed and mastered by Mike McCormick.
Graphic design by Yesim Tosuner of Backyard Design.


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Mike McCormick Oslo, Norway

Oslo-based guitarist, laptop performer and composer originally from Yellowknife, Canada. Much of his creative output is based on autobiographical material and draws from a variety of disciplines, including conceptual and performance art, electroacoustic music, twentieth-century literature, and various notated and improvised music traditions. ... more

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