Friday, November 8, 2019

Recording: 3M

Artist: 3M

Songs: [duo and trio excerpts]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), September 18, 2019.

Mira Martin-Gray & Mark Zurawinski - [excerpt]

Mira Martin-Gray & Michael Lynn - [excerpt]

Mark Zurawinski & Michael Lynn - [excerpt]

3M - [excerpt from first piece]

3M - [excerpt from second piece]

Although the members of this group (consisting of Michael Lynn on double bass, Mira Martin-Gray on no-input mixer and Mark Zurawinski on percussion) have all performed together before in various capacities, they formally launched their trio with a recording session of duo encounters. Their tape features explorations between Martin-Gray and Zurawinski on one side and Martin-Gray and Lynn on the flip, so this release celebration began by replicating those scenarios. From there, it moved to include the third point of duo triangulation (between Zurawinski and Lynn) before featuring the whole trio together.

The overall effect, both in twos and threes, is a sort of quiet noise, more interested in the tactility of possibly-abrasive textures than in deploying them at aggressive volumes. The three instruments also work to slip into each other's zones, with the body of the bass providing percussion, the surfaces of the drums creating scratchy, bumping hums and the no-input mixer pivoting from reconstituted bow-drones to snare-splatters.

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