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An extraordinary solo EP of a tam-tam performance by Mark Wastell, one of the founders of the "New London Silence" movement and Confront label founder, performing live at Nottingham Trent University for a rich and forceful album of timbre and tone.

Wastell, Mark
Vibra: Trent (3" CDr)

Wastell, Mark : Vibra: Trent (3

Label: Linear Obsessional Recordings    
Released in: Great Britain    

"During late October 2006, Burkhard Beins and myself has been invited to undertake a short tour, entitled 'Minimal Percussion', organised by film maker and sound recordist David Reid. We presented solo and duo material at each concert. The solo tam tam piece I was performing at the time was called Vibra. It had been conceived and dedicated to the memory of artist, musician and writer Roger Sutherland. In the previous couple of years I'd completed a trilogy of studio recordings of the piece, each of which had been released on various labels, and played it a number of times in concert. Recollection tells me that this show and another the following evening in Liverpool were the last times I actively performed the piece in public.

Roll on eight years to 2014. Richard invited me to release a project on Linear Obsessional. Around the same time I'd been trawling through my catalogue of old recordings, principally to find vintage works to release on my label Confront Recordings. Vibra seemed an obvious choice. The construction and momentum of the piece correlating nicely with the label name.

Coincidentally, 2014 also marked 10 years since the passing of Roger Sutherland."-Mark Wastell

"From the first reverberating waves, the piece pulses with complex layers of metallic overtones. With spectacular control, attack and decay are woven into enveloping, resonating gradations; from low, palpable rumbles to swelling surges of higher-frequency vibrations. It is how these basic elements unfold over time, meted out with an intense focus and control, which makes this such a riveting listening experience"-Michael Rosenstein discussing Vibra in Signal to Noise magazine circa 2006

"A lovely archival release from Linear Obsessional, documenting a 2006 outing in Nottingham for Wastell's solo tam-tam piece, Vibra. In his release notes, Wastell says that it was conceived as a tribute to the artist, musician and writer Roger Sutherland. Wastell had recorded the piece three times, releasing those recordings on different labels, and played it live several times by the time this date swung around.

Vibra is marvellously nuanced, its gorgeously metallic drone increasing in volume then receding in an almost tidal fashion. But what I really like about this recording is its physicality, the thick muscularity of its tones. Wastell is well practised in walking a line between absence and presence in his playing - listen to his recent trio recording with John Butcher and Burkhard Beins to see him slip in and out of silence like a sonic ghost - so it's always nice to see him let rip a bit. Even in its quieter moments you can make out the individual beats of Wastell's mallets, like tiny links in the chain of burnished sound, slowly working towards several reverberant crescendos. Credit also to Wastell for not trying to edit out the various coughs and shuffles from the audience which, although slightly ruffling the ambience, definitely help to put us listeners right there in the room.

Great stuff, and much more than a historical curio."-Paul Margree, We Need No Swords

Limited, numbered edition of 50 3" CDRs In a soft wrap-around plastic case with spine, sleevenotes insert and laminated photograph

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Limited, numbered edition of 50 3" CDRs In a soft wrap-around plastic case with spine, sleevenotes insert and laminated photograph

Label: Linear Obsessional Recordings
Catalog ID: LOR062
Squidco Product Code: 22167

Format: 3" CDr
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: 3 " CD in shiny black jewel case
Recorded live at Powerhouse, Victoria Studios, Nottingham Trent University, on October 27th, 2006, by David Reed.


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1. Vibra: Trent 18:49

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