This piece is lifted from a multichannel video I made earlier this year in collaboration with Front Porch Productions for their online festival.
In the recent past I have made a bunch of short ‘virtual duo’ videos that were somehow more noise or dissonant free jazz oriented. On the occasion I wanted to make a piece that was both more substantial and more in keeping with the slowly evolving and somehow more ‘harmonious’ vibe of a Necks piece.
It was preconceived in a general sort of sense more than pre-composed. I had a pretty good idea of the kind of thing I wanted each instrument to play and how each part would develop in its own trajectory. I recorded each instrument without listening to the others, except in the case of the Kalimba/drumkit ‘groove’ in the last section. In the editing stage I tried to find smooth transitions from the different video angles of each take and additionally make connections with the other parts. It was more or less a kind of editing exercise in making the most of intended/unintended correlations.
In this piece I feel like I was drawing on the methods I use when arranging and overlaying parts in most of my music making practice over the last few years - whether that be the making of a solo recording, like the Room40 Unearth album or the way I work with my contributions to The Necks recording sessions or even the way I think about orchestrating percussive timbres, pulses and parts in the playing my instrument in general.
The piece is dedicated to my father, who passed away during the period I was working on this music.
With the entanglement and interaction of noise and musical tone, we seem to have traveled through the jungle infested by ghosts, and witnessed a new universe being reborn in this strange chaos and harmony. Through this recording, Jim O’Rourke reconstructed the order of sound in a sense. alain.proust
The mallet percussionist and improviser's solo debut is flush with nostalgic melodies and stirring dissonances—a rich, experimental universe well worth exploring. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 15, 2021