"IM5 was an improvisation between cEvin and myself. I think Anthony engineered the recording and later may have added some stuff. I think it was edited by Anthony. I can recall walking to Chinatown with cEvin and eating Pho soup in a Vietnamese restaurant after we did this. There were conflicting feelings around. On one hand we were really excited about the way the recordings were going and at the same time there was a great deal of sadness about Dwayne.

Anthony was quite taken with this track and told me, that he thought I was saying the words IM5, as in I AM 5. I think this is apt, as there is a child like playfulness in feeling able to really say whatever comes into your mind. All links with childhood and play are violently brushed aside by the music, which is quintessential cEvin. The word violence comes to mind in a positive-perverse way on this track for me. You see, I think cEvin and I are able to tap into some very powerful feelings in the music we do together. For me, this is one of the most powerful pieces we recorded and is not dissimilar to Energy Plan in that respect or to the track Download off Last Rites. I am a big fan of that track and in particular, the editing, which is classic collage.

The words mean nothing by the way, they were all improvised first take but I do like the following lines:

"There are many ways to get here tonight There are many different roads to get here this night"

I was recounting my journey to and from the studio. I used to work downtown, close to where cEvin lived and would either ride or walk to the studio after work. CEvin always started work late in the morning or early in the afternoon and used to put in at least 12 hours work a day. By the time I arrived it was dinnertime and we would eat and then record. I always took time on the journey to and from the studio in reflecting on the work we were doing. On one of the last occasions, it was a dark winters night and it was snowing gently. There was a magical feel to the air, a sense of closure. The kind of satisfaction you get when you feel you’ve done a good job. I would also like to think that “there are many different ways to get here tonight,” poses a slightly larger philosophical question about who we are, where we have come from and where we are going. The beautiful thing about Download was that artistically, I didn’t have a clue about how to answer those questions and you know what, that lack of knowledge felt like a comfortable place to be. Maybe because we were all willing travelling companions.

I’ve transcribed the words are as follows:

A sign
A sign
A sign
A Sign
A sign
A sign
Achuu
Hawn
Chewmakeketama
A Sign
A Sign
Camagabeseeya
Amaga bagseeya
Yemaseeya
Chemacagabessyan
Tumayayseya
Cheytumassyah
Tumayayasecha
Chientumeh
Maggah
Cheymayasseyah
Mallasse
Cheymayasseyah
Jai maggeh
Je may asseyah
Gadde
A sign
A sign
A sign
A sign
There are many ways to get here tonight
There are many different roads to get here this night
A sign
A sign
A sign
A sign
A sign

Mark Spybey, August 1st 2007.
Northumberland.

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