New Releases From All That Dust

Source: All That Dust.

all that dust is a new independent record label producing a small number of high-quality contemporary music releases each year. It is run by Newton Armstrong, Juliet Fraser and Mark Knoop. In our first batch we have three CDs:

ATD1: Morton Feldman ‘For John Cage’, performed by Aisha Orazbayeva (violin) & Mark Knoop (piano)
ATD2: Matthew Shlomowitz ‘Avant Muzak’, performed by ensemble asamisimasa & Håkon Stene (percussion)
ATD3: Séverine Ballon ‘inconnaissance’, performed by Séverine Ballon (cello)

Morton Feldman’s 75-minute work dedicated to his friend John Cage was written in 1982. Mark and Aisha set out to draw the listener into the charged space between the performers. Our new disc of music by Matthew Shlomowitz includes Avant Muzak (2010) and Popular Contexts 7: Public Domain Music (2014), both performed by asamisimasa, and Popular Contexts 8: Five soundscapes for a contemporary percussionist (2015) performed by Håkon Stene. Our third release presents eight new works composed and performed by cellist Séverine Ballon; this is her debut disc as a composer.

Plus we have two binaural downloads:

ATD4: Milton Babbitt ‘Philomel’, performed by Juliet Fraser (soprano)
ATD5: Luigi Nono ‘La fabbrica illuminata’, performed by Loré Lixenberg (mezzo soprano)

Both composed in 1964 for voice and pre-recorded 4-channel surround sound, our new binaural recordings of these seminal works are something of a landmark: the tape parts have been cleaned up and re-mastered and the binaural recording method recreates wonderfully the 3-D listening experience of live performance. The result is a welcome clarity in the sound, and a new fidelity to the score.