Thursday, January 27, 2011

Two more Gravity Wave releases on the way

We are proud to announce that GW 003 and 004 will be released in early March 2011, and will be available from ErstDist around that time.

Final versions of both pieces are being mixed and mastered now, and below are Yuko Zama's final cover designs.

Gravity Wave 003: close constellations and a drum on the ground

close constellations and a drum on the ground (2010) began with Greg Stuart’s suggestion that I use samples of his percussion playing to make an electronic piece. He recorded over an hour of percussion playing solely for this purpose. Initially there were live parts for crotales and guitar, but these two (as recorded by Greg and Barry Chabala) are now embedded into the final version of the work. Some of the sections are very dense, with up to 50 simultaneous tracks of percussion, treated samples of percussion and guitar, sine tones and field recordings. This piece is dedicated to Luka Zagoricnik.

Gravity Wave 004: asleep, street, pipes, tones

The instrumental parts for asleep, street, pipes, tones (2009), played by Katie Porter (bass clarinet) and Barry Chabala (guitar), were recorded by Devin Maxwell at his studio in Brooklyn in January 2011. In this piece there are many samples as well, especially from various Wandelweiser organ works. The piece alternates (with occasional overlap) small environments created with the samples and electronic sounds with a simple duo for live instruments. It was premiered at Experimental Intermedia in December of 2009 and is dedicated to Phill Niblock.