Saxophonist Halliwell appears here in three duo performances with Rhodri Davies playing E-bowed harp; Steve Roden with extracts from his "resonantlighttones"; and Mark Wastell on tam-tam.
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"Beat" was recorded in July 2002 and July 2004, mixed November 2004. "Resonantlighttones" was recorded in 1999 and additional revisited parts by Graham Halliwell in April 2003, mixed October 2004. "Vibra #3" was recorded in October 2004.
Graham Halliwell-feedback saxophone
Rhodri Davies-ebow harp
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1. Beat 14:10
2. Resonantlighttones Revisited 18:20
3. Vibra #3 9:53
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"Saxophonist Halliwell appears here in three duo performances with Rhodri Davies (playing E-bowed harp), Steve Roden (extracts from his "resonantlighttones") and Mark Wastell (tam-tam). Halliwell, as has been his practice in recent years, works entirely with saxophonic feedback generation, an approach he discovered independently from other purveyors of this technique, notably John Butcher. Two of the pieces are constructions based on previously recorded material (supplied by Davies and Roden) while the piece with Wastell is an improvisation.
For the piece with Davies, "Beat", Halliwell used as his source an hour-long recording by Davies in which the harpist utilized two E-bows, Halliwell layering his own feedback alongside, producing a shimmering effect as the sine-like waves form beat patterns. He writes in the liners that the work was created under the strong influence of Eliane Radigue ("Adnos One"). You can hear that but can also relate it to some of the experiments of Alvin Lucier. "Beat", however, has an entirely warmer feel than many Lucier pieces, which sometimes edge toward the clinical. Relatively high in pitch early on, you occasionally get the ghostly sense of a disembodied soprano voice. It begins to waft away gently, pulses intersecting, sometimes consonant, sometimes dissonant, taking its time, re-coalescing into a stronger tone, disappearing. A lovely work.
For the second track, Halliwell took a piece from Roden's disc, "Four Possible Landscapes", and used a form of looped feedback where successive iterations enhanced each other in an attempt to "compliment, not copy, Steve's ideas and beautiful sonorities". The result is my favorite of the three offerings, something that reminds me of certain gorgeous solo works by Sachiko M where, as on the opening track from "debris", she evokes sonar-like blips in a vast, undersea world. Here, the pings are a bit brighter, emerging into the sound-field and winking past like floating, phosphorescent diatoms. It has an irregularly cyclic feel to it that's quite attractive, providing some amount of stasis without ever actually going into a repeat mode. There's also more than enough bite in the tones themselves to stave off any plunges into absolute languor, though I wouldn't mind wallowing here for a long while.
For the duo with Wastell (Vibra #3), condenser mics were placed extremely close to the tam-tams, enabling them to pick up low frequencies and overtones that could profitably mix with the controlled saxophone feedback. Again, an inspired idea. You can hear the softly struck gongs, providing a gentle percussive element missing in the other works as well as a burr-y tonal element (the essential harshness of scraped or struck metal) that sounds wonderful next to the ringing feedback pitches. As with all of the works presented here, it calmly runs its course, taking just about enough time to make its subtle point before leaving."-Confront
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"Graham Halliwell, born Liverpool, August 1959,, is a saxophonist, whose work has recently been exploring ideas of stillness and sparseness, to this end he has been supplementing its normal sound by utilising it as a device for shaping feedback. This has lead him to work with some of major names in the "reductionist" or "lower case" school. He plays in the brilliant trio +minus with Bernhard Gunter and Mark Wastell, and has recorded with Rhodri Davies and Steve Roden. Other groups include VHF (with Simon H Fell and Simon Vincent)."-Bagrec Blogspot (https://bagrec.blogspot.com/2006/09/music-questionnaire-no-7-graham.html)
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"Rhodri Davies was born in 1971 in Aberystwyth, Wales and now lives in Gateshead in the northeast of England.
He plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water, ice and fire harp installations. He has released four solo albums: Trem, Over Shadows, Wound Response and An Air Swept Clean of All Distance.
His regular groups include: a duo with John Butcher, Common Objects, HEN OGLEDD: Dawson - Davies, a trio with David Toop and Lee Patterson, Cranc, The Sealed Knot and a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch.
In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on 'Self-cancellation', a large-scale audio-visual collaboration in London and Glasgow.
New pieces for solo harp have been composed for him by: Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, Christian Wolff, Ben Patterson, Alison Knowles, Mieko Shiomi and Yasunao Tone.
In 2012 he was the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists Award."-Rhodri Davies Website (http://www.rhodridavies.com/words/)
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