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Weston, Matt

This Is Broken [VINYL]

Weston, Matt: This Is Broken [VINYL] (7272music)

Two extended works for percussion & electronics from Matt Weston, a curious coupling of resonant interactions that is likely a mysterious mixture of preparation, improvisation and composition, augmented with electronics and modified in the mix through studio manipulation, making for fascinating journeys through enigmatic punctuation and sound.
 

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Label: 7272music
Catalog ID: #016
Squidco Product Code: 34239

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded by the artist. Mastered by Jason Lescalleet.

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"A new LP by Matt Weston is always a pleasure to receive. Growing in his role as composer and improviser of percussion-based music, his work is beyond being one or the other. This sort of falls in between the cracks, not precisely composed or improvised. These two side-long tracks are perfect examples of Weston's approach to music. 'You Have To Question The Validity Of Your Sneer' is already hard to define. Rubbing objects together, perhaps, layered in some way or another, and a bell-like sound rings now and then. It could also be a voice, this rubbing, but I am thinking about bowing objects upon drum skins. All this takes place in a big room, adding reverb to the piece. This is more sound art or experimental acoustic object explorations than your usual drum improvisation. On the other side, we find 'Half-Suburban Waltz', which is a bit shorter and in which Weston uses a variety of sounds. Some of these could be electronic, triggered by his drum work (perhaps, as it happens with many of my reviews, I am merely guessing). Here, Weston has a more collage-like approach of sitting next to each other and on top. There is a musique concrète approach here, with altered tape speeds, changing the tone of what could be an organ. Occasionally, I was reminded of Nurse With Wound here, even with this piece's more improvised sections; these are used to create a piece of tape music, so I think, rather than something Weston plays live (and, again, I might be totally wrong). The second side seems 'smoother' than the first, with a slightly more brutal approach. Although come to think of it, I'd be very interested in seeing Weston play his material in concert. His records convinced me of his remarkable talent in creating some of the best modern music I have heard, combining various musical interests. Excellent stuff!"-Vital Weekly


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Artist Biographies

"Matt Weston plays percussion and electronics, and has performed throughout the US and in Europe. He has appeared on CNN, VH1, and CBS TV.

He has studied and/or collaborated with Arthur Brooks, Bill Dixon, Kevin Drumm, Paul Flaherty, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Mary Halvorson, Le Quan Ninh, Bob Marsh, Ben Miller (ex-Destroy All Monsters), Roger Miller (Mission of Burma), Jim O'Rourke, William Parker, Ken Vandermark, Jack Wright, and many others.

His work has earned critical praise from such publications as the Wire, the Village Voice, Signal To Noise, Cadence, All About Jazz, Grooves, and Bananafish. His solo works have garnered international acclaim, as have his recordings with Barn Owl, Tizzy, and Thrillpillow.

He has recorded for the Tautology, Sachimay, Breaking World Records, Imvated, Crank Satori, BoxMedia, and Drag City labels. He currently records for his own 7272Music label.

In addition to his solo work, Weston is currently a member of the Arthur Brooks Ensemble V; and Arc Pair with drummer Amanda Kraus.

past performances include:

-Music/Dance Performance Workshop, School of New Dance Development, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (as a member of the Arthur Brooks Ensemble V)

-extended collaboration with the Rotterdam Improvisers Pool (as a member of the Arthur Brooks Ensemble V)

-Three Days In October festival (as a member of the Arthur Brooks Ensemble V), Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the October Revolution in Jazz

-Vision Festival (as a member of the Arthur Brooks Ensemble V)

-Autumn Uprising Festival (as a member of Barn Owl)

-High Zero festival

-XFest

-appearances at the Knitting Factory, NYC; the Riviera Theater, Chicago; O42, Nijmegen, the Netherlands; Washington University, St. Louis

-eleven national tours as a soloist"

-Matt Weston Website (http://www.mattweston.com/mattbio.htm)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. You Have To Question The Validity Of Your Sneer 17:12

SIDE B



1. Half-Suburban Waltz 13:10

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