Source: all that dust.
Aaron Einbond ‘Cosmologies’ (CD and downloads), performed by Séverine Ballon, Alvise Sinivia & Riot Ensemble
What may seem like conventional objects and situations are turned inside out in Einbond’s Xylography and Cosmologies. Closely and ambiently miked, physically and electronically manipulated, from these instruments issue the sound of their materials and of their human music-makers. Listeners feel as up-close as the players, and perhaps even closer, as if they are virtually inside the instruments.
Rósa Lind ‘Kandinksy Kunstwerke’ (CD and downloads), performed by Geoffrey Gartner, Laura Chislett & Mark Knoop
This album features three works from a four-work cycle, each of which has as its starting point a canvas by Wassily Kandinsky and travels on to reflect and refract mythological and scientific views of astronomical phenomena. The common thread is one of perspective: Lind observes a similarity in ‘the way the eye approaches either Kandinsky’s painting or scans the vastness of the sky in search of stellar focal points of light in the black sea of night’.
Soosan Lolavar ‘Every strand of thread and rope’ (binaural download), performed by Sarah Saviet
‘Music in one place.’ Lolavar’s description of how she thinks of this series of pieces at first seems counterintuitive. The musicians involved are based in different cities (Lolavar in London, violinist Sarah Saviet in Berlin) and their creative process draws together practices from Iran and Europe. Yet this is music about shared experience; of creating a particular sound-world together.
Alvin Lucier ‘Wave Songs’ (binaural download), performed by Juliet Fraser
The potential for disorientation is enormous, as the sensation of the air throbbing (whether in the room or in the ear) overwhelms the sense of stable pitch. The microtonal tuning here is no melodic affect but, rather, an exercise in a scientific phenomenon. Through the course of Wave Songs the pitches of the sine tones move ever closer together, seemingly hemming the singer in until she changes the rules of the game.
Newton Armstrong ‘The Book of the Sediments’ (binaural download), performed by Juliet Fraser
Armstrong uses Rachel Carson’s imagery as a prompt to contemplate ‘the interactions between the momentary and the vast, and of endless process as a form of saying’. Performer and listener are invited into this contemplative state in which musical materials, like the ocean sediments, drift in semi-regular motion.