Thursday, January 12, 2017

Recording: Susan Alcorn

Artist: Susan Alcorn

Song: The Healer [excerpt]

Recorded at Ratio, December 18, 2016.

Susan Alcorn - The Healer [excerpt]

This particularly thoughtfully-assembled Rough Idea production brought together three different sonic explorers for a night of deep-listening vibes. Pedal steel player Susan Alcorn got her start in Texas country bands, but has spent her lifetime pushing the boundaries of her instrument. Inspired by Pauline Oliveros and Messiaen, her avant-adventurousness is still grounded in twang and gospel touches, even as she pushes far beyond in her explorations. Coaxing remarkably-subtle colourings from a notoriously-fickle instrument, this was Alcorn's first visit to Toronto, leaving rather a spellbinding impression. [My mics weren't quite up to the task of capturing these wonderfully-hushed and subtle sounds, so take this as a pale shadow of what was heard in the room before exploring further.]

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