Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Recording: Sound of the Mountain

Artist: Sound of the Mountain

Songs: [two excerpts]

Recorded at Array Space (Audiopollination 44.2), July 24, 2016.

Sound of the Mountain - [excerpt 1]

Sound of the Mountain - [excerpt 2]

This duo project from Elizabeth Millar (clarinet) and Craig Pedersen (trumpet) takes its name from a Yasunari Kawabata novel but also hints at the geological scale (almost like a timelapse recording of tectonic shifting) of the pair's playing. Eschewing electronic processing, they instead used close-miking techniques to amplify their instruments, pushing their extended techniques (breath noise, finger taps) into electroacoustic space, creating a field of whirs, wooshes and clacks. The result was both graceful and mildly dislocating, filled with sonic elements that sounded like they'd been stretched out and backmasked.

[As always, you can check out the documentation of the whole night over at Audiopollination's bandcamp. Audiopollination is back with some awesome musicians (including a kick-ass combo of SlowPitchSound, Germaine Liu and Nilan Perera) on Saturday night.]

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