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Niblock, Phill: Music For Cello (Important Records)

Collecting three pieces from composer Phil Niblock written in the '70s and early '80s, performed by cellist David Gibson, each a long-form acoustic drone with a focus on rhythms and overtones that rise from closely tuned instruments, Gibson's highly focused playing heard in multiple layers of differing scores to create each pieces hallucinatory effect; play loud!
 

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This CD includes a 16-page unpublished interview with Niblock.

UPC: 793447544328

Label: Important Records
Catalog ID: IMPREC 443CD
Squidco Product Code: 26871

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Track 1 recorded in the Recital Hall or SUNY, in Albany New York, by Phil Edelstein, Richard Lainhart and Richard Kelly.

Track 2 recorded at Radio France Studios and mixed at Experimental Intermedia, in New York, by Richard Lainhart.

Track 3 recorded at Experimental Intermedia, in New York, by Phill Niblock and Steven Cellum.


Personnel:

Phill Niblock-composer

David Gibson-cello

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"Phill Niblock is a New York-based minimalist composer and multi-media musician and director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation born in the flames of 1968's barricade-hopping. He has been a maverick presence on the fringes of the avant garde ever since. In the history books Niblock is the forgotten Minimalist. That's as maybe: no one ever said the history books were infallible anyway.

His influence has had more impact on younger composers such as Susan Stenger, Lois V Vierk, David First, and Glenn Branca. He's even worked with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo on "Guitar two, for four" which is actually for five guitarists. This is Minimalism in the classic sense of the word, if that makes sense. Niblock constructs big 24-track digitally-processed monolithic microtonal drones. The result is sound without melody or rhythm. Movement is slow, geologically slow. Changes are almost imperceptible, and his music has a tendency of creeping up on you. The vocal pieces are like some of Ligeti's choral works, but a little more phased. And this isn't choral work. "A Y U (as yet untitled)" is sampled from just one voice, the baritone Thomas Buckner. The results are pitch shifted and processed intense drones, one live and one studio edited. Unlike Ligeti, this isn't just for voice or hurdy gurdy. Like Stockhausen's electronic pieces, Musique Concrete, or even Fripp and Eno's No Pussyfooting, the role of the producer/composer in "Hurdy Hurry" and "A Y U" is just as important as the role of the performer. He says: "What I am doing with my music is to produce something without rhythm or melody, by using many microtones that cause movements very, very slowly." The stills in the booklet are from slides taken in China, while Niblock was making films which are painstaking studies of manual labour, giving a poetic dignity to sheer gruelling slog of fishermen at work, rice-planters, log-splitters, water-hole dredgers and other back-breaking toilers. Since 1968 Phill has also put on over 1000 concerts in his loft space, including Ryoji Ikeda, Zbigniew Karkowski, Jim O'Rourke."

-Phill Niblock Website (http://phillniblock.com/2007/06/14/biography-photos/)
7/17/2019

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"David Gibson, a graduate of the Juilliard School and Yale Univrsity, pursues a milti-faceted career as a performing cellist of the traditional, baroque, and contemporary repertoires. He has premiered and recorded many new works. His recordings appear on Columbia, Lovely, and Titanic labels. Gibson is active as a conductor, clinician, and teacher at his home in Hadley, MA and in Troy, New York, where he teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute."

-Lovely Music (http://www.lovely.com/artists/a-gibsond.html)
7/17/2019

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track listing:


1. 3 To 7 - 196 24:31

2. Descent Plus 22:26

3. Summing II 32:18
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"Phill Niblock's Music For Cello collects three pieces from the '70s and early '80s, performed by cellist David Gibson. This CD includes a 16-page unpublished interview with Niblock. Since the late sixties Phill Niblock has been composing long-form acoustic drones with a focus on the rhythms and overtones that rise from closely tuned instruments. His highly original and influential music is an exploration of timbre, microtonality, stability, duration and psychoacoustic phenomenon."-Important Records

"3 To 7 - 196 is very direct, aggressive, and gritty. The overtone patterns that are produced by the proximal pitches become more prominent with louder volume. So please, play this piece very loud. This was the first piece of mine in which the musician was precisely tuned, in which I chose exact pitches in hertz. We used a sine wave oscillator and frequency counter for the tuning.

Descent Plus has four cello tones descending one octave over twenty-two minutes, from 300 hertz to 150 hertz. David Gibson played these tones without lifting his bow from the strings, constantly retuning. I made four different scores, manually changing an oscillator to which he was tuning, for each track's recording. For the revision, we added six more tracks, with David playing long tones which were not descending. The second part of the recording was made nearly twenty years later.

Summing II (one of four parts) is mellow and sonorous. David plays two strings simultaneously, one of which is retuned for each successive recording of that pair of tones. This is a mix of an eight-track tape. It's better played loud also."-Phill Niblock


This CD includes a 16-page unpublished interview with Niblock.
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