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Why Echoes?

by Zane Trow

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Part VII 02:52
Part VIII 02:54
Part X 05:15
Part VI 05:00
Phase Shift 09:43


From Zane Trow
If my time in collaboration with other artists, and live art forms, taught me anything it was that the slow fading sound fragments in echoes of particular tones and pitches, in combination, create a space in the air for an uncertain stillness.

Chattie Salaman (1919-2000) founder and artistic director of Common Stock Theatre Co-op got me working right through the 1980s. She pushed me constantly in improvisation and in composition; with communities, with actors, stage designers, and with experimental theatre writers. Chattie would say that stillness is the hardest thing to hold. When we got it right the sounds helped lead into and away from some very intense moments of the uncanny. I’ve continued to use these frequencies and modulations with an ever-evolving system of multiple echo units and delay treatments of different kinds.

Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) said of delays “it sort of expands your sense of time” and I think the decay of an echo has an uncanny quality be it in the wild, tape or digital. After 49 years with them: good echo units are instruments in their own right; and as with any long-term friends one has to offer them an ear to understanding, well-focused conversation and love.

For the last few years being an artistic director of festivals and arts organisations full time, meant I worked with sounds ... slightly, all the time ... I had to work quickly and be confident enough in the base echo maze system that if A went in, B would come out. So the basic system of delays and echoes is tried and tested over many years, and it is possible to work very quickly. That said, one has to construct an initial sound that is only ever interested in being an echo.

In March 2020 I gave up arts program management completely. This has allowed me to dive more fully into sounds originally done very quickly, to listen differently and annotate them with new textures and recontextualise them against one another ... Why Echoes? Is where a collection of these resolutions reside.


released June 4, 2021

Made intermittently from 2017 on, then some considered concentration applied from March 2020 and sifted through a sieve in early 2021.
Yamaha DX11, Creamware Pro-12 ASB, Prophet ~ 6, impOSCAR2, Moog Prodigy – everything recorded, treated, processed, Audiomulch/ed and mixed at Studio Vector in Slacks Creek.

I would like to show my respect and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians, Elders past, present and emerging, the Traditional Owners of the lands, winds and waters.

Thanks: Ria Fletcher, for images and her endless encouragement and inspiration. Thanks to Ronan Cooper Trow and Gabriel Trow for the conversations, their ears and their patience. And many thanks to Lawrence English & Room40.


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