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Connecticut bassist and Braxton alumni Carl Testa works with live sampling and granular synthesis performance systems to interact with his acoustic bass, creating these unusual and uniquely unfolding works for solo bass.

Testa, Carl

Testa, Carl: Iris (Lock Step Records)
Label: Lock Step Records    
Released in: USA    

"The music on this recording was generated and recorded in real time, without overdubbing. All of the sounds are either from the bass or a result of live sampling and granular synthesis of the same acoustic material. Each time these pieces are played, a new configuration emerges based on the performance, the recorded sounds, and the unique unfolding of the electronic process."-Carl Testa

"Carl Testa is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, most notably as the bassist in composer Anthony Braxton's groups with whom he's performed throughout the US and internationally. Testa's own compositions have been described as "engaging and unique" (Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery) and "human music, with varied emotions and sublime moments" (Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant). Testa released his debut album Uncertainty in 2008 and is currently working on his second release. In addition to his own trio with clarinetist Mike McGinnis and percussionist Bill Carbone, he regularly performs with Anthony Braxton's Septet, 12+1tet, and Trillium Orchestra. He also collaborates with vocalist Anne Rhodes, choreographer Rachel Bernsen, and composers Lou Guarino, Brian Parks, Adam Matlock, Nathan Bontrager, and Christopher Riggs. Every month he runs the Uncertainty Music Series as an organizer in New Haven, CT."-Carl Testa Website

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Product Information:

UPC: 884501916387

Label: Lock Step Records
Catalog ID: LKSTP 23
Squidco Product Code: 17962

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold Foldover
Recorded on November 6th and 8th, 2012 at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT by Eric Dawson Tate.


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Track Listing:

1. At Early Bright 9:14

2. When Scattered 9:47

3. Diffracted 7:33

4. And Engulfed 10:12

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