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Olsen, Lance Austin / Barry Chabala

A field of wildflowers for our lost souls

Olsen, Lance Austin / Barry Chabala: A field of wildflowers for our lost souls (Roeba)

Three connected journeys in drifting tones, unidentifiable and sometimes aberrant intersections and melodically abstract guitar work, composed by guitarist Lance Austin Olsen and performed with guitarist Barry Chabala, using layers of sound like an audio version of a colour field painting, emulating a field of seeds waiting for changing conditions to allow them to emerge.
 

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Label: Roeba
Catalog ID: 2021.1
Squidco Product Code: 30318

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock Sleeve, sealed

Personnel:

Lance Austin Olsen-objects, guitar

Barry Chabala-guitar

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Artist Biographies:

"Lance Austin Olsen is a composer, improviser, and painter, and owner of Infrequency Editions. He studied Printmaking and Art History at University of the Arts London, and currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia."

-Squidco 6/11/2021

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"Guitarist/improvisor Barry Chabala, born of the New Jersey bar scene, is influenced as much by classic rock as he is by modern classical, free improvisation and experimental music. The goal - to blend it all into a personal, creative voice. Barry has presented lectures on graphic scores & improvisation for Bowerbird of Philadelphia, performed numerous compositions from the Wandelweiser collective throughout the United States, and has recorded for labels including Confront, Gravity Wave, Another Timbre, Erstwhile and his own imprint Roeba Records."

-Barry Chabala 6/11/2021

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track listing:


1. Fallow Earth 5:47

2. Seeding And Growing 11:27

3. Growing And Blooming 13:34

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"During our enforced lock down I was thinking about the vast fields of our lives, how they intersect, layer and change, the changes that have happened due to the millions of Covid related deaths and how this has affected our individual and collected fields of life.

I imagined an entire field of wild seeds resting in the ground waiting for the change that would allow each one to pop through the ground at a slightly different moment with a slightly different sound, like an audio version of a colour field painting. As temperatures rise the seeds become plants and finally open into a field of individual flowers creating an overall field with all its slight but important variations.

These fields and natural layering of seeds, organic material and time relates to a painting approach that I often adopt. The first layer could be made from a set of pencil dots spread over the surface, then maybe a light wash spread over the dots, then another layer of something over the surface. Gradually building layer upon Layer to become a finished field with each layer having its part and sometimes showing through clearly and other times disappearing but all working together to create the whole with all its slight dips and changes and tones.

So the many layers of activity becomes one work but each layer plays a critical role. I do not want to get too esoteric about the process or the end result but this is the clearest way I have of describing a process that will create an integrated work without instructions as to notes, tones or anything other than length of each movement, and also to produce the work in a series of added and sometimes subtracted layers."-Lance Austin Olsen

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