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Harris, Bill: MACRODOSE (Amalgam)

Combining acoustic drums, percussion and electronics, the third solo album from Chicago drummer Bill Harris delves deeper into the sonic aspects of his improvisations while providing them in discrete segments through eleven succinct recordings, a diverse set demonstrating unique approaches to rhythm and sound, enhanced on some pieces through studio techniques.
 

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UPC: 7955491299036

Label: Amalgam
Catalog ID: AMA051
Squidco Product Code: 34530

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at the Music Garage and Marmalade, in Chicago, Illenois, in 2023, by Bill Harris.

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"Macrodose marks Bill Harris's third solo record, following Blinking Glue (2022) and Onomat (2021). Harris's unique approach to solo drumming combines acoustic and electronic elements, utilizing feedback and timbral manipulation to create a distinctive auditory experience. Where Blinking Glue was a single-take, live performance which represented a snapshot of his live solo set, Macrodose returns to a similar format of Onomat, encapsulating shorter sonic spaces in number of different tracks, and using studio techniques as part of the creative process.

The sonic landscapes created between his three solo records perfectly illustrates the ever-changing creative trajectory of his process as Harris develops his unique sound and solo repertoire. Both in sound, production, and technique, Macrodose sees an even deeper exploration and study of Harris's dedication to combining acoustically-sourced electronic sounds, and the unique ability of a drum's capacity to generate, manipulate, and interact with feedback in a musical way."-Amalgam


Artist Biographies

"Bill Harris is a percussionist, composer, improviser, and audio engineer from Pittsburgh currently based in Chicago. He also operates and produces for Amalgam, a Chicago-based collective.

(B. 1987, Pittsburgh, PA)

Bill has been active in Chicago's music communities since 2011, working at the intersection of free improvisation, jazz, noise, rock, and country. His music has been presented at Constellation, Elastic Arts, The Bop Stop, The Hungry Brain, The Hideout, Experimental Sound Studios, Spot Tavern, Beat Kitchen, Empty Bottle, and Comfort Station.

Bill is humbled to have played or recorded with Jim Baker, Dave Rempis, Kent Kessler, Brian Sandstrom, Ed Wilkerson, Carol Genetti, Angel Bat Dawid, Jeb Bishop, Peter Maunu, Josh Berman, Brandon Lopez, Keefe Jackson, and Jason Roebke, among many other experimental and improvisatory musicians and artists.

Bill is constantly inspired by and thankful to work with his frequent collaborators: Ishmael Ali, Jake Wark, Timothee Quost, PT Bell, Gerrit Hatcher, Eli Namay, Matt Piet, Brianna Tong, Wills McKenna, David Fletcher, Jess McIntosh, Aaron Smith, Jeff Kimmel, Adam Shead, Molly Jones, Jakob Heinemann, and many others...

In 2015 he started Amalgam, a 100% artist-run collective and label dedicated to showcasing works of improvised and experimental music in Chicago. Bill is also an audio engineer working in both studio and live situations, and operates an independent studio in Chicago with engineering, mixing, mastering, and production credits on labels such as Amalgam, Astral Spirits, No Index, 577 Records and Ears&Eyes."

-Bill Harris Website (http://www.billyharris.net/bio)
4/22/2024

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Track Listing:



1. MACRODOSE 1:43

2. A Vermin Of Ladders 2:28

3. How To Fold A Fitted Sheet 1:58

4. Straightjacket Weather 3:45

5. Tropiometra I 0:48

6. Tomorrow Is Our Permanent Address 5:46

7. Connoquenessing 0:59

8. Astatine 3:06

9. Tropiometra II 0:41

10. You Will Make This About Yourself 1:49

11. The Virtue Of The Lukewarm 2:59

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