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Frith, Fred / Hardy Fox

A Day Hanging Dead Between Heaven And Earth

Frith, Fred / Hardy Fox: A Day Hanging Dead Between Heaven And Earth (Klanggalerie)

Fred Frith's solo career started on the West Coast Ralph Records label, home of The Residents; Frith met Residents front man Hardy Fox in passing in 1991, making recordings on a Pacific beach using Fox's Walkman, which they brought to a multi-track studio to record the basis for an ultimately unreleased album, now revived decades later as Fox rediscovered this fascinating material.
 

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Fred Frith-guitar, voice, violin, piano

Hardy Fox-performer, composer

Myles Boisen-piano, voice


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UPC: 4013438101467

Label: Klanggalerie
Catalog ID: GG264
Squidco Product Code: 25474

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Austria
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Ralph Studios in San Franciso, California, in 1991, by Hardy Fox.

.Piano and voice parts recorded in Oakland. , California, in September, 2017.

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"Fred Frith and Hardy Fox met very early in both their careers. Frith released his first solo albums on The Residents' Ralph Records. Many years later, their paths crossed again and they decided to record an album together. A few tunes were created, but the project was shelved for ages until the tracks were rediscovered in 2017 and immediately finished by Frith and former Residents composer Fox.

"It began in Big Sur. Fred Frith and I, sitting naked on two small wooden blocks, legs crossed, hands resting on our knees. A small clearing on a rise above the Pacific Ocean, waves pounding a steady beat against the rocks far below. I had arrived at the Zen retreat the previous afternoon and Fred was one of the first people I ran into. I'd met him in more formal situations at Ralph Records, but we had not previously hung out socially.

Fred was not big on talking, so we sat in quiet contemplation. But soon I became aware of a humming sound and realized Fred was singing quietly to himself accompanied by the rhythm of the waves. I whispered, "What are you singing?" He apologized and whispered back that he was making up melodies. My Walkman was a constant companion and asked if it were okay to record him. He said I could. We grew close over the next couple of days, and when I returned to San Francisco I transferred the waves, the birds, and the singing to a multi-track tape machine and made a collage.

Next time Fred came through town I played it for him and we speculated on developing the recordings for some kind of Residents/Frith project. I thought it quite good, but not enough material for an album. No additional work took place, and the project was largely forgotten until, years later, I began cataloging my collection for the new company I'd started, Hacienda Bridge. There it was. Walter Robotka at Klanggalerie contacted Fred who was curious to hear it again after all this time. Fred was enthusiastic, and couldn't wait to resume work on the long-lost recordings."-Klanggalerie


Artist Biographies

"Though the point of reference for many remains the iconic band Henry Cow, which he co-founded in 1968 and which broke up more than 30 years ago, Fred Frith has never really stood still for an instant.

In bands such as Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Crew, Keep the Dog, Tense Serenity, the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, Eye to Ear, and most recently Cosa Brava, he has always held true to his roots in rock and folk music, while exploring influences that range from the literary works of Eduardo Galeano to the art installations of Cornelia Parker.

The release of the seminal Guitar Solos in 1974 enabled him to simultaneously carve out a place for himself in the international improvised music scene, not only as an acclaimed solo performer but in the company of artists as diverse as Han Bennink, Chris Cutler, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Evelyn Glennie, Ikue Mori, Louis Sclavis, Stevie Wishart, Wu Fei, Camel Zekri, John Zorn, and scores of others.

He has also developed a personal compositional language in works written for Arditti Quartet, Asko Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble Modern, Concerto Köln, and ROVA Sax Quartet, for example. Fred has been active as a composer for dance since the early 1980s, working with choreographers Bebe Miller, François Verret, and especially long-time collaborator and friend Amanda Miller, with whom he has created a compelling body of work over the last twenty years.

His film soundtracks (for award-winning films like Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides and Touch the Sound, Peter Mettler's Gambling, Gods, and LSD, and Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow's Thirst, to name a few) won him a lifetime achievement award from Prague's "Music on Film, Film on Music" Festival (MOFFOM) in 2007. The following year he received Italy's Demetrio Stratos Prize (previously given to Diamanda Galas and Meredith Monk) for his life's work in experimental music, and in 2010 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield in his home county of Yorkshire.

Fred currently teaches in the Music Department at Mills College in Oakland, California (renowned for over fifty years as the epicenter of the American experimental tradition), and in the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland."

-Fred Frith Website (http://www.fredfrith.com/biography.html)
11/27/2023

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"Hardy Fox grew up in Texas. After college he moved to San Francisco reveling in the free love days of 1967-68. He co-founded the much loved cult band, the Residents, where he was primary composer.

Hardy retired from The Residents in 2015 but continued to compose for the group through 2017. In addition to his work with that band, he has recorded as a solo artist under various names including Charles Bobuck, Combo de Mechanico, Sonido de la Noche, Chuck, TAR, among others. Now he works simply as Hardy Fox."

-Hardy Fox Website (http://www.hardyfox.com/)
11/27/2023

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Track Listing:



1. Prelude 1:18

2. Who Will Release Me? 3:42

3. Entr'acte 1 0:27

4. Could Have Been 1:56

5. It's All In Place 1:38

6. Entr'acte 2 0:45

7. How Is A Face To Replace 0:50

8. We Who Wait 2:16

9. A Little Older 1:14

10. Over Then (And Now) 2:31

11. Should See Me Out 1:06

12. Every Minute Counts 2:09

13. Song Of The Crow 4:19

14. Almost Yes Unless 1:48

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Rock and Related
Electro-Acoustic
Song Based Music
Duo Recordings
Frith, Fred
RIO (Rock in Opposition)
New in Rock Forms

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