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Biota: Half a True Day (Recommended Records)

The eclectic, transformative and fascinating Biota (Mnemonists) in their 6th ReR CD of freeform sound, with video files and 13 images of paintings, drawing and woodcuts.

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UPC: 752725022224

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ReR BCD6
Squidco Product Code: 8698

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Dys Studio, in Bellvue, Colorado, between Fall 2002 & Summer 2007, by William Sharp.


Kristianne Gale-voice

Tom Katsimpalis-guitars, Clavioline

Gordon Whitlow-accordion

Steve Scholbe-rubab

Mark Piersel-guitar

William Sharp-electronics, mix

Randy Yeates-keyboards

David Zekman-violin, mandolin

Charles O'Meara-piano

Randy Miotke-Rhodes, editing

James Gardner-flugelhorn

Andy Kredt-guitar

Rold Goranson-electronics, voice

Steve Emmons-electronics

Larry Wilson-percussion

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

Unique in their history and method, Biota painstakingly construct complex, organic structures that mix extensive studio processing and musique concréte techniques, with a highly eclectic orchestra of acoustic and electronic resources - from kit drums, through mediaeval winds, strings and barrel organs, to early experimental electronic instruments. Their works are always performance driven and interleaved with successive stages of lamination, imbrication of parts, and radical pre- and post-processing,.

"As the title suggests, in this new work a portion of a cycle - a repeating segment of time - is explored. We employed repeating and overlapping motifs of different lengths, allowing their staggered interaction to produce varying degrees of harmonization, dissonance, masking and reinforcement. Unpredictability of outcome was furthered by electronic processing - both manual and automated, random and predetermined -¬ and by the appearance, taken ¬out of context, ¬of unrelatedpassages taken from earlier projects. Realtime performers had to interact with this instability as they constructed their contributions, and later as they gave form to the final composition. Although there are elements of chance at work in the process, the eventual architecture is intentional, and carefully worked.

Mixing was done by hand, and without the aid of computers, then the composition was assembled and integrated digitally."-William Sharp, Biota.

The interaction of staggered, overlapping elements reveals a changeable truth about the whole as the parts variously harmonize or dissent; reinforce or cloak one another in their unfolding. The project is, at heart, about uncertainty. Players encounter the shifting interplay between previously recorded parts juxtaposed with instrumental snippets - out of context - introduced from the group's archives. Electronic processing programs are employed to apply semi-random and semi-intentional alterations to the proceedings."-ReR

Artist Biographies

Track Listing:

1. Figure Question 1:46

2. Pack-and-Penny Day 1:36

3. Hidden Compartment 1:33

4. Angle Of Doubt 2:55

5. Proven Within Half - Half A True Day 8:19

6. Accidental Photograph 2:44

7. Winding Nth 10:30

8. Moth Across 2:56

9. Silent Grove 2:42

10. Just Now Maybe 2:22

11. Another Name 3:53

12. Turn The Moon 3:11

13. Globemallow, Left Untold 3:03

14. Cloud Chamber 2:38

15. Where No One Knows 2:29

16. Antimagnet 2:26

17. Passerine 14:37

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