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

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.
 

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Tim Olive- magnetic pickups

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


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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.

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"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


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Artist Biographies

"The music of Tim Olive arises from collaboration with fellow musicians/sound artists, collaboration with physical and temporal setting, and collaboration with those involved in the act of listening. Using simple materials (magnetic pickups, steel strings, tuning forks, metal strips, hand-wound motor mechanisms, magnetic tape, dental floss and analog electronics), Olive's work examines presence and the present, the interplay of the human with material/time/space, and the uniqueness, intensity and unrepeatability that lives in each performing and/or recording situation.

He is interested in music as a social activity, as a way of creating community, a way of countering the forces which lead to an increasing atomization of contemporary life; music as a felt experience rather than as a concept or a theory.

A Canadian residing in Kobe, Japan, Olive has released music on Japanese, European and North American labels, with Jeff Allport, Cristian Alvear, Pascal Battus, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Samuel Dunscombe, Nick Hoffman, Anne-F Jacques, Jin Sangtae, Jason Kahn, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Francisco Meirino, Katsura Mouri, Takuji Naka, Makoto Oshiro and Ben Owen.

Olive has performed/recorded in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, with the recording collaborators listed above, as well as with Akiyama Tetuzi, Maria Chavez, Che Chen, Kelly Churko, crys cole, Joe Foster, Haco, Hong Chulki, Bonnie Jones, Richard Kamerman, Kostis Kilymis, Siew-Wai Kok, Madoka Kouno, Tomasz Krakowiak, Fangyi Liu, James Rushford, Carl Stone, Fritz Welch, Nate Wooley, Jared Xu and Yan Jun.

In addition to organizing events in Japan, Olive runs the label 845 Audio."

-Tim Olive 4/10/2024

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Ben Owen works with sound using various approaches including improvisation, recording, listening, and composition. His instruments are simple electronics - played, mixed, re-patched in their own trajectory of small sound, broken and accidental. Over the past few years he has been interested in presenting works, performing and recording in outdoor spaces. His focus is in the sustained, immersive, minimal soundscapes that interact within a defined space as well as an outside environment.

-Ben Owen 4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. 63 20:35

2. 64 14:24

3. 65 6:14

4. 66 13:34

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Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Duo Recordings
Free Improvisation
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