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Rousay, Claire: A Collection [2 CDs] (American Dreams Records)

Exploring the earliest work of Claire Rousay, from her performances as a solo drummer and then transitioning into a musique concrete/new music composer, the 1st CD collecting Rousay's favorite drumming cuts, sequenced into a large single composition, the 2nd CD beginning with percussion work as Rousay adds voice, sonic & field recorded material to create a monumental composition.

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UPC: 618119855192

Label: American Dreams Records
Catalog ID: CD-ADR-28
Squidco Product Code: 30538

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in San Antonio, Texas, at Matador Recording Studios by Tommy Munter, and Claire Rousay; in Saint Louis, Missouri, by Claire Rousay.


Claire Rousay-percussion, electronics, voice

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Artist Biographies:

"Claire Rousay is a performer and musician based in San Antonio, Texas. Her work explores queerness, human relationships, and self perception through the use of physical objects and their potential sounds.

Rousay has recently performed with Alex Cunningham, Brandon Lopez, Carol Genetti, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Jacob Wick, Ken Vandermark, Lisa Cameron, Lori Goldston, Michael Foster, Sarah Hughes, Tom Carter, and others.

She has toured extensively across North America, booking 220 dates in 2017 alone. In 2018 she participated in the Sonic Transmissions Festival and NMASS Festival as well as performed at venues such as the Tobin Center for Performing Arts, Casa del Popolo, and Issue Project Room. Her work also received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. 2019 has rousay participating in various residencies and concert series performances at places such as Experimental Sound Studio, Elastic Arts, RhizomeDC, and Beaubourg (NOLA)."

-Claire Rousay Website (

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track listing:


1. All 00:43

2. Tusk 00:19

3. Good Set 05:45

4. Virulence 08:17

5. Clocked 08:59

6. Neuter 13:12

7. It Is Just 09:55

8. So Much More Difficult 19:31


1. Things I Doubt You'd Care About 16:38

2. For Theo, Erik, Meghan & Alex 17:21

3. A Moment In St. Louis 11:19

4. October 3rd 18:09

5. I'm Not A Bad Person 06:47
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"Over the last four or five years, Rousay's made a lot of music - frankly, it can be hard to know where to start. A Collection is American Dreams Records's attempt to showcase her music prior to a softer focus - an origin primer, beginning with her recordings as a solo drummer and the ensuing transition into musique concrete/new music composer.

A Collection clocks in at about two hours and fifteen minutes and boasts thirteen songs, split over two CDs. Rousay selected her favorite drumming cuts to fill the first CD and did the same with musique concrete/new music for the second.

On disc one, scattershot, frenetic percussion compositions like 'All,' 'Tusk,' and 'Good Set' share space with more constant drumming pieces like 'Virulence.'

Disc two often maintains the use of percussion, but even at the outset on 'Things I Doubt You'd Care About,' we hear Rousay's vocals - sometimes spoken, sometimes whispered. We begin to find light melodic content, a shrill drone frequency, her now-staple field recordings, and voice-to-text like on 'I'm Not A Bad Person.' Want to find where Claire Rousay begins? Look no further. "-American Dreams Records

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