I came home from a bout of teaching at Oxford Brookes to find a wonderful snatch of CDs, wonderfully put together by Richard Kamerman’s Copy for your records imprint. Listen to a sample of the disc on SoundCloud
All gone, but you can still buy from the label and from David
SARU & COMPOST AND HEIGHT PRESENT AN EVENING OF THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL PISARO AND MAKIKO NISHIKAZE.
Saturday 19th October 2013
Door Times : 8pm
Tickets : £8 adv / £10 on the door
The Roundchapel Auditorium, 1D Glenarm road, London, E5 0LY
Michael Pisaro – Ricefall
Makiko Nishikaze – Piano in Person I
Michael Pisaro – July Mountain
American composer Michael Pisaro’s July Mountain, last performed by the same group at the Significant Landscapes Festival in Oxford, is a translation of the Wallace Stevens poem, July Mountain, into sound. It is a dense combination of strictly timed, crossfaded field recordings, sourced on this occasion from areas around the UK, and a slew of percussion sounds, such as bowed snare drums and the bowing of a prepared vibraphone. Ricefall, another piece by Pisaro, like July Mountain, was originally written for the percussionist Greg Stuart and realised in the studio with a great many overdubs. Its performance at the RoundChapel Auditorium will consist of 16 performers positioned around the venue, each adhering to a series of timings, whilst letting fall constant streams of rice onto a series of different objects.
Composer Tim Parkinson will also be performing the UK premiere of, Piano in Person I (2006), by Makiko Nishikaze.
I’m very happy to say that, after a wonderful tour with Stephen Cornford, our new release is available from his Consumer Waste imprint.
This release consists of two cassette tapes full of unstable encounters between the two of us and objects we found during a residency at a brownfield site in Manchester. Stephen is a wonderful person to work with, and I hope to have the opportunity to do so again in the future.
From the Consumer Waste website:
Although they have worked together for almost four years Stephen Cornford and Patrick Farmer had never worked as a duo until recording this collection of brutalist field recordings at the IN/from the out symposium in Manchester last year. Using a single piezo contact microphone and cassette dictaphone, they scoured the site for materials to produce these recordings in a two day period. The necessary translation of these recordings from cassette to computer and back to cassette has endeavoured to retain the quality of the original recordings, reflecting their interest in the abstraction of source materials through the recording process.
This was written some time ago, I still feel many of the points I raised to be relevant, but at the same time, the nagging dichotomy, drawn up on either side, is feeling a little tiresome to me, dragging a point sore through the bushes and refusing to let go in order to disinfect your hands.
Some views on The Great Animal Orchestra