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Percussionist and composer Nick Hennies presents four tracks featuring sine waves paired with speech, vibraphone, hi-hat and voice recorded over several years in Austin, TX and Ithaca, NY, contrasting electronics and percussion with the starkness of the human voice.

Hennies, Nick
Casts [CASSETTE with download code]

Hennies, Nick : Casts [CASSETTE with download code] (Astral Spirits)

Label: Astral Spirits    
Released in: USA    

Casts was recorded at various locations in Austin, TX and Ithaca, NY over the past few years and consists of four tracks featuring sine waves paired with speech, vibraphone, hi-hat and voice. Hennies once again proves adept at creating refined and compelling sound-worlds through the use of repetition and simplicity. The constant of the electronic sine wave vibrates against the starkness of human speech, the insistence and momentum of the vibraphone, the rattling of the hi-hat and ultimately ends with the unapologetic beauty of "Song" a meeting of sine wave with voice. Throughout Casts you can hear echoes of Charlemagne Palestine, Steve Reich or Brian Eno but filtered through Hennies own growing and unique voice."-Astral Spirits

"Nick Hennies is a percussionist and composer from Louisville, KY currently residing in Ithaca, NY. His work is primarily concerned with an immersive, psychoacoustic presentation of sound brought about by an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice that Nathan Thomas of Fluid Radio described as, "a highly sophisticated and refined performance technique...that starts and ends with listening and encourages a different way of listening from its audience." He received his M.A. in percussion from the University of California-San Diego in 2003 where he studied with renowned percussionist Steven Schick and is also a member of Meridian, a percussion trio with Tim Feeney and Greg Stuart. Prior to relocating to Ithaca Hennies was based in Austin, TX for ten years where he performed with the Austin New Music Co-op, The Weird Weeds and a variety of other projects.

Hennies is also an interpreter of the work of other modern composers having recorded and performed music by John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Jandek, Peter Ablinger, Kunsu Shim, Jrg Frey, Ellen Fullman, Radu Malfatti, Arnold Dreyblatt and many others. His work as both composer and performer can be heard on a wide variety of labels including Quakebasket, Senufo Editions, Accidie, Quiet Design and many others.

In 2013 Hennies also founded the record label Weighter Recordings for releasing his own work and other new and unusual music by living composers."-Nick Hennies website

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Product Information:

Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: MF084/AS008
Squidco Product Code: 20218

Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded in Austin, Texas and Ithaca, New York between 2012 and 2014 by Nick Hennies.


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Track Listing:


1. Speech 07:02

2. Vibraphone 20:18


1. Hi-hat 05:11

2. Song 18:04