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Breylin, Aaron Foster / Luke Martin: Recursive Retent (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Excerpting part of an eight-hour performance recorded over an amplified live environment of a text score for two pianists using one piano, each positioned at the opposite registers of the piano, one player creating a block of note phrases using intervals of a 2nd or 3rd with each note allowed to decay before the next, repeated by the other player following a set of rules.
 

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UPC: 4011778039402

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 2102
Squidco Product Code: 30677

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded in Seattle Washington, on August 28, 2018.

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"This recording consists of excerpts from an eight-hour performance of this piece. When playing we encountered a moment in which the score's instructions proved inadequate to an unforeseen situation. It is hard to pinpoint exactly when or why this happened. Nonetheless, we had to decide (to invent) how in that moment to at once remain abstractly faithful to the score, concretely diverge from it, and also take care of one another in the process. In this moment we were incorporated into the actualization of a score and a music that was inseparable from our relationship to one another."



recursive retent (score, 2016; AFB & LM)

for two pianists, with one piano, for a long time

dedicated to michael pisaro
(because he watched-and liked-star wars)

retent: something that is retained especially in the mind
recursive: a possibly infinite procedure that is determined according to a rule or formula

definitions
block >> phrase >> note
a block consists of a phrase from each of the players; phrases are of any number of notes.

instructions
players should position themselves in opposite registers of the piano (one high, one low). the dynamic is soft overall, allowing each note to decay fully before the next (the pedal can be held down by something for the duration). each phrase consists of intervals of a 2nd (m/M) or 3rd (m/M) and is followed by a silence approximately equal to its full duration.

around 2 minutes of silence follows each block. blocks begin with a phrase from player 1 in their register, followed by its repetition by player 2 in their register. these roles should reverse at least once during the performance (for instance, after a break or during a silence).

rules
if player 2 deviates from player 1's phrase, player 1 must begin the phrase again immediately. player 2 should still try to complete their repetition of the first phrase before re-initiating their corrected repetition of the original phrase. if they make another error, player 1 again repeats the correct version of the phrase, and so on.

should player 1 also fail to replicate their first phrase, they should stop immediately. player 2 then may begin a new phrase (with the roles reversed).

//

"the project involves the impossible establishment of a group whose Telos would be to perpetually destroy itself as a group, that is to say, in Nietzschean terms: to enable the group (the Living-Together) to leap beyond ressentiment"
- Roland Barthes, from the zine 'Friendship as a Way of Life'



this recording consists of excerpts from an eight-hour performance of this piece. when playing the version on this recording we encountered a moment in which the score's instructions proved inadequate to an unforeseen situation. it is hard to pinpoint exactly when or why this happened. nonetheless, we had to decide (to invent) how in that moment to at once remain abstractly faithful to the score, concretely diverge from it, and also take care of one another in the process. without speaking, this was done. in this moment we were incorporated into the actualization of a score and a music that was inseparable from our relationship to one another.



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Artist Biographies

Aaron Foster Breilyn is a New York pianist and performer, known for his work with Koen Nutters, and a duo with Luke Martin. He has performed at the Yellow Fish Festival in Seattle, WA.

-Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/aaronfosterbreilyn)
5/15/2024

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Luke Martin is an experimental composer, performer, and writer living in Minneapolis, MN. He plays guitar and no-input mixing board, often with people in and around the Wandelweiser Group, and is part of the ensemble Ordinary Affects. Luke's work is mainly oriented toward thinking - particularly by way of silence as such - a positive relation between music and truth.

-Luke Martin Website (http://www.lukecmartin.com/about.html)
5/15/2024

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Track Listing:



1. 09:27:37 15:02

2. 10:04:16 5:02

3. 10:19:44 22:51

4. 11:08:00 8:02

5. 14:28:56 9:17

6. 14:49:52 11:39

7. 16:19:59 6:00

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