The trio of Rick Reed on EMS synthesizer, Keith Rowe on guitar and electronics, and Bill Thompson performing live electronics, from live recordings at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2009) and Stirling's Le Weekend Festival (2009).
Reed, Rick / Keith Rowe / Bill Thompson
Shifting Currents [2 CDs]
Label: Mikroton Recordings
Released in: Russia
"The recordings for the piece were gathered over the course of a year from Huddersfield, Stirling, Aberdeen (United Kingdom), and s'Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands). These were used to create an installation consisting of over 100 tracks that were remixed inreal time during each performance. The set up varied from show to show, sometimes playing through 6 speakers and 3 subs, and at other times, through 12 speakers etc. The performers were positioned at the centre of the audience, who in turn, were surrounded by the speakers from the installation. The performers' only instruction was to improvise sensitively to the sounds of the installation and each other.
Commissioned in partnership with Le Weekend festival in Stirling and Aberdeen's sound festival, Shifting Currents features electromagnetic recordings of distinctive and atmospheric places from each of the three locations, alongside improvised responses from Thompson, Keith Rowe and Rick Reed.
Shifting Currents explores the unstable, unpredictable realm of electricity as a metaphor for the way in which music flows and changes around us. In keeping with the found sound aesthetic of his previous work, Aberdeen-based Thompson has used a stick-on telephone microphone to capture electromagnetic signals and interference, transforming the inaudible waveforms into delicate and harsh sonic textures. He recorded in Stirling's historic Church of the Holy Rude, where the infant James VI was crowned, and in Fraserburgh Lighthouse on the windswept Aberdeenshire coast. In Huddersfield he found inspiration in the university's engineering department.
Shifting Currents receives its premiere on 30 May at Le Weekend before visiting HCMF and sound in November. The former wool blending shed at Bates Mill will play host to a constantly evolving multi-channel installation of Thompson's recordings, with Thompson, Rowe and Reed weaving the sounds into their own musical performances on guitar and electronics.
Keith Rowe has been a key figure in British improvisation since the mid-1960s, when a new year's resolution to stop tuning his guitar set him on a journey away from the jazz he was playing with Mike Westbrook and towards free music. As well as several decades as part of the group AMM, Rowe's career includes the founding of M.I.M.E.O. (who performed at HCMF 2007), and numerous solo and collaborative recordings. The one-time art student's break with traditional playing techniques parallels the innovation of Jackson Pollock's floor canvases: laying his guitar flat upon a table, he incorporates found objects, electronics, contact mics and radio transmissions into his music-making.
Rick Reed shares an artistic background with Rowe, and a home state, Texas, with Thomp- son. After college he moved to Austin and became involved in the city's experimental music scene, making music with synthe- sisers and tape machines, alongside video art and sound installations. Shifting Currents will also pay a visit to the November Music festival in the Netherlands, transmitting the intangible qualities and hidden music of Huddersfield, Stirling and Aberdeen to a new location."-Mikroton
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Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: mikroton cd 17|18
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Format: 2 CDs
Packaging: 2 CDs in cardstock foldover
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Rick Reed-EMS synthesizer
Keith Rowe-guitar, electronics
Bill Thompson-live electronics
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