Thursday, October 8, 2015

Recording: Bespoken feat. Germaine Liu

Artist: Bespoken feat. Germaine Liu

Song: Crossfading Accents [composer; Germaine Liu]

Recorded at Ratio, September 23, 2015.

Bespoken feat. Germaine Liu - Crossfading Accents

Experimental chamber ensemble Bespoken made a welcome return to close out this show, playing three new pieces whose scores looked as unique as their composers. Viewed from across the room, Nick Storring's looked like a circuit diagram, with lines connecting different sections, while Matthew Ramolo's looked like a typewritten prose poem. Germaine Liu (guesting with the group in the stead of Brandon Valdivia) brought this piece whose score looked like a mystical code sheet, with a series of hexagram-like figures apparently showing the shifting accents in the ongoing patterns-of-six. With its slightly-unsteady percussive lurch, it sounded a bit like a loop of "Powerhouse" being processed on a cartoon assembly line.

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