Monday, June 22, 2015

Sounds of the Day #9/2015: Michael Pisaro / John Tilbury & Wadada Leo Smith

Closed Categories in a Cartesian World

Greg Stuart, crotales
Michael Pisaro, sine tones/composition

From the notes:

"This record consists of four crotales, each bowed for 16 minutes. Against each crotale I have placed sine tones, one after another, for four minutes each (four for each crotale note). The score gives 10 possibilities for each crotale (over the two octave range of the instrument there are 250 possibilities). Greg selected four instruments, and then sent me the recordings. I took some time to select and scale the volume of the sine tones, work with the stereo balance and mix each crotale/tone combination in a slightly different way.

What emerges from the vast possible selection is four connected pieces, working their way up in range, each having a distinct profile, structured perhaps with a distant echo of a four movement symphony."

John Tilbury & Wadada Leo Smith
Live 2012