I will lecture and perform an improvised set of sounds and field recordings for Tom Krumpak’s graduate seminar in Drawing and Painting, Art Department, Cal State Long Beach, 20 March 2012.
“This solo release uses guitar feedback and field recordings captured in various state parks in California and Wisconsin. This is quiet music, sometimes almost below the threshold of hearing, but it sounds great. Lowercase is a term we don’t hear that much anymore, but it certainly applies to this music. Whatever field recordings he has captured (at some instances I recognized the sound of water and birds), or whatever processes he applied to them, they sound like blurry static pieces of hiss like sounds, in which he places his sparse guitar sounds. There is a lot of space in the music – not in a cosmic sense of the word, but in the sparseness of the sounds used to create this music. This is not the kind of music you put on for ‘fun’, or as ‘background’. This music requires active listening and without such concentrated effort it rather fails to impress the listener. It might be over before you know something had started. That is, I think, a great quality.”
— Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly #821, 28 February 2011.
Atlas Sets is a new project in the Atlas series. Atlas Sets will be a collective conversation about musical map-making, contemplative practice, creative community, and artistic intention.
I will be collaborating with various musician friends in current and future duos, trios, quartets, and larger ensembles for a series of recordings that will be included in a box set due for release in 2015. Accompanying the recordings will be a catalog of transcripts, session notes, photographs, sketches, scores, and other ephemera.
The first meeting has been scheduled with percussionist Ted Byrnes, Tuesday, 28 February 2012, in Pasadena. Documentation of the initial discussion and subsequent recording date(s) will be documented at Atlas Sets.
“The album is a quiet masterpiece of minimalism, its slow guitar tones feeding off the subtle location recordings with underpin the entirety of the release. Radia is a set of recordings that reveals something new, in miniature, with each successive listen.” –Dust, Unsettled.
Radia, the third of a trio of solo projects, will be released in early 2012 on the label Dust, Unsettled, curated by Brian Lavelle, Edinburgh, Scotland.