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Twelve tracks of solo percussion using a variety of drum-like devices, an intense album of percussive possibilities that surprise in the variety of approaches, the intensity of sound, and the dynamics of each work, using close microphones to capture sonic details.

Bennett, Ben

Bennett, Ben : Trap [CASSETTE with DOWNLOAD CODE] (Astral Spirits)

Label: Astral Spirits    
Released in: USA    

"Trap presents twelve tracks of solo percussion pieces using all sorts of drum like devices..they veer all over the map from intense Chris Corsano-esque workouts on the drum kit, to frame drums, to saxophone-esque sqeauling via membranes and tubes. What makes Trap even more fascinating is the timbral qualities of the recording via extreme close mic-ing everything to the point that you're not sure what exactly is making said sound (and even hearing outdoor background sounds). Bennett's Trap is so intense and mesmerizing that BOOMKAT lists this album under "EXTREME/NOISE/COMPUTER MUSIC"!!! Yes it may be extreme but this is the work of an incredibly talented and forward thinking improviser by himself with an army of percussion (sans computer). Bennett has once again outdone himself (we didn't think he'd be able to top his "Spoilage" LP on Experimedia) and created one of the most intense and mesmerizing listening experiences we've had at the AS office in some time."-Astral Spirits

"Ben Bennett started playing music as a young child, took up the drums in middle school, and has always been attracted to improvisation. His interest in jazz moved steadily towards the more avant-guarde, then to free jazz, and onward into the world of free-improv. His current music stems mainly from various forms of free-improv: maximalist, reduced, noise, etc. A desire to get the most varied and visceral array of sounds from the simplest instruments has led to an ongoing process of distilling the drumset to its essential sound-maker, the vibrating membrane. Using extended techniques involving breath and friction, as well as the time-honored tradition of hitting things with sticks, he plays an evolving pile of frame drums, pre-tuned drum heads, metal things, tubes, and other objects that can be combined and recombined to get a variety of sounds during a performance. This set-up lends itself greatly towards being crammed in a backpack, strapped to a bike, dragged along the ground, or thrown down the stairs, generally without physical or psycological damage.

Recent projects include: - trio with Ryan Jewell and Wilson Shook, Wrest - with Jack Wright and Evan Lipson, Rotty What - trio with Jack Wright and John M Bennett; Central Ohio War Coalition - with Mike Shiflet, Joe Panzner, and others; duos with Ryan Jewell, Jack Callahan, and Ben Hall; and solo performances."

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Product Information:

Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS036
Squidco Product Code: 22553

Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded 2012-2016.


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Track Listing:


1. Blank Bait 4:16

2. (We) Spiraled In 4:03

3. Chuffed To Smithereens 2:33

4. I Sounded Like This When I Saw You 4:19

5. Dweeb Acres 5 Of 12 Trap 6:18

6. I Whistled, You Sea'd 2:10

7. Eyes, Classic And Flapping 5:20


1. This Is How To Dance 2:17

2. The Junningbird 5:07

3. I Sounded Like This When I Saw A Dog Dressed Up In All Your Clothes 3:11

4. I've Just One Photon To See With(Careful) 4:30

5. Are You A Numerator Or A Denominator? 9:11