The Squid's Ear Magazine

  Rapid SSL





  American Express

© 2002-2016, Squidco LLC

Recording in Brooklyn in 2014, this collaboration between Olive and Ben Owen presents four tracks of electronic improvisation using shortwave radio, oscillators, paper, contact microphones and magnetic pickups, creating a mysterious and well-paced album of sound experimentation.

Olive / Owen (Tim Olive / Ben Owen)

Olive / Owen (Tim Olive / Ben Owen): 63-66 (845 Audio)

Label: 845 Audio    
Released in: Japan    

"The inconspicuous titles of Tim Olive and Ben Owen's first collaboration make it look like an album of discrete parts, just four improvised recordings in a long string of unreleased and otherwise unmentioned attempts. Listening closely makes that interpretation difficult to abide. Recorded in Brooklyn, New York in 2014 and released this year, 63-66 operates on a continuum of color, light, and weight, from bright streaks of white and grey that hover in the middle distance to hard flashes of opaque yellow and scrambled red, sounds that cut or fall inward or swallow up space. It's a delicate, but still powerful effect achieved with a minimum of inputs: Olive with magnetic pickups and Owen with shortwave radios, oscillators, and paper.

63-66 begins with a stunning 20-minute assemblage of amplifier hum and metallic percussion so thin it registers as translucent film warping the light that passes through it. "63" admits solid objects too - the hard patter of plastic and steel against wood, thick bass frequencies - but folds and fades them behind a soft fog of white and silver. The effect is isolating. Color, weight, density, and texture are all presented without reference to an external body. Percussive elements snap into a void, apparent field recordings that might introduce depth level out into walls of interference, and the quiet murmur of electricity stretches out toward nothing at all; not a studio, not a garage, not another person. It's all flashes of heat and radiation against a flat mist.

Maybe that's why the album plays so well with a stereo - the music is hungry for that third dimension. Headphones will work too, of course, but there's something satisfying about hearing this music unfold into a room, especially as "64" turns up the intensity with a glowing sine tone. Alone, it burns through nearly every perturbation it crosses, but Olive and Owen support it with mechanical noises and a curious buzzing anomaly that could pass for a persistent bee or a mosquito. It's enough to make one think of flight, of the high tones as an upper limit to air travel and the low ones as the ground moving beneath, compressed to an image of geometry and imagined environments.

The final two pieces commit to a feeling of heaviness absent in the first two, with Ben and Tim's colors and lights thickening into qualities of shape and direction, and almost into solid objects. The frayed wires and radio signals of "66," combined with a healthy background of white noise, turn the implied intensity of "64" into a corporeal sensation, into an impression not just of shifts in audible and visual stimuli, but into bodily agitation and kinesthetic turbulence. It makes for a jittery, nervous ending intense enough to induce stress. It also provides an excellent contrast to the album's pleasant beginning, not because it is a jarring counter-example, but because Olive and Owen show how that vigor and energy, embodied or otherwise, is implicit in color and light."-Lucas Schleicher, Dusted Magazine

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Duo Recordings
Free Improvisation
New in Improvised Music
Recent Releases and Best Sellers

Get additional information at Dusted Magazine

Search for other titles on the 845 Audio label.

Other Recommended Releases:
Owen, Ben
Birds And Water, 1
(Notice Recordings)
Kahn, Jason / Tim Olive
Fukuoka / Osaka [CASSETTE + download]
(Notice Recordings)
Naka, Takuji / Tim Olive
The New Attractive
(EM Records)
Kawaguchi / Olive / Oshiro
(845 Audio)
Olive, Tim / Anne-F Jacques
Dominion Mills
(845 Audio)
#119 Summer 2014 [MAGAZINE + CD]
Kahn, Jason / Tim Olive
Two Sunrise
(845 Audio)
Mouri, Katsura and Tim Olive
Various Histories
(845 Audio)
Olive, Tim / Alfredo Costa Monteiro
33 Bays
(845 Audio)
Keszler, Eli
En (Pal Toth) / Quentin Rollet / Zsolt Sores
Paw Music
(Hermes Discorbie)
Rowe, Keith / Sachiko M
M-contact [2 CDs]
Supernatural Hot Rug And Not Used

(EM Records)
Rowe, Keith / M, Sachiko / Nakamura, Toshimaru / Yoshihide, Otomo
ErstLive 005

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought:
Miimo 5
Miimo 3
Miimo 4
Elyakim, Dganit
Failing Better
(Aural Terrains)
Astral Colonels (Anthony Pateras / Valerio Tricoli)
Good Times in the End Times
Extended Pianos (Fox / Griswold / Pateras)
Switch On A Dime
Mazur, Rafel / Keir Neuringer
Diachronic Paths
(Relative Pitch)
Battus, Pascal / Dafne Vicente-Sandoval
[2 CDs]
Malfatti / Drumm / Capece
The Volume Surrounding The Task
Brooklyn Express, The (Fonda / Tononi / Cavallanti / Swell / Robertson)
No Time Left!
(Long Song Records)
Kay, Martin
(Herbal International)
La Casa, Eric with Jean-Luc Guionne
(Herbal International)
Price: $11.66
In Stock


Shipping Weight: 2.00 units

Quantity in Basket: None

Product Information:

Label: 845 Audio
Catalog ID: 845-6
Squidco Product Code: 21849

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Japan
Packaging: Letterpress Recycled Chipboard Package
Recorded at Middle Press in Brooklyn, New York on October 25th and 28th, 2014.


Tim Olive- magnetic pickups

Ben Owen-shortwave radio, oscillators, paper, contact microphones

Highlight an artist name or instrument above
and click here to Search

Track Listing:

1. 63 20:35

2. 64 14:24

3. 65 6:14

4. 66 13:34

What are other customers searching for?