Friday, January 13, 2017

Daniel Barbiero / Ken Moore – Frequency Drift (2016)

  • Improvised music 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Electro-acoustic
  • Live session 
  • Experimentalism

Comment: a first thought of mine was it is music for cello, and live electronics. However, I was totally wrong because instead of a cello Daniel Barbiero plays a bowed double bass, and Ken Moore employs a tam-tam (it is a percussion instrument consisting of a metal plate that is struck with a soft-headed drumstick). It embraces seven improvised compositions full of space, and time, full of different frequencies and changes within it. Even if one used to think of it to as an austere one because of a minimal amount of instruments it is in fact a far more than a sum of its initial parts. It is saturated with grayish delay effects, achromatic reverberations, some gong-induced slams and mournful drones beneath it. In the terms of metal as an element, it is filled with different sort of clattery, rusty grinding and reddish-tinged rattles. It must be called synaesthesia, if you hear colours or at least the spectra of them. This could be a good soundtrack for a contemporary gothic motion picture, at least to depict some (horrendous) scenes within it. As I understood the tracks are not recorded in one and the same place, not during the one tenure. The issue is a part of the discography of Chicago, US-based experimental imprint pan y rosas discos. Very intriguing outing indeed.
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