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.
You'd think that the statement "this is the work of amazing musicians playing together" should apply to everything that I choose to listen to, but I still feel the need to emphasize it here. Four songs, 17-21 minutes each, and every moment is alive with intensity, filled with atmosphere, shrouded with energy that pulls you forward even in the most repetitive or simplistic moments. Travel is dramatic, in the calmest, coolest way, and it is very good. rvss.eel
I love this album. The dense, intense, fractal-like first track gives way to an incredibly moody and spacious second track which (for me) conjures up some of the weirdest vibes that I love from Bitches Brew… just a great and wide-ranging album, unlike anything else really. Tauber
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
This is a wonderful, diverse album. Not sure "Costume" is my favorite track but it is a beautiful track. The short piano lines ring against a shifting background that give portions the feel of a concerto, except here the orchestra is replaced by sounds of a world like and unlike ours. Much better than the morose slow march approach to ambient music. jly54