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|sedimental (usa) #sed 054 cd|
area c / black forest / black sea / eyes like saucers / mudboy “the planetarium project” double compact disc set
- area c + mudboy- the basin of the heavens (29:52)
- area c + jeffrey alexander from black forest/black sea - messier object 45 (29:59)
- area c + black forest/black sea - cassiopeia (30:13)
- area c + eyes like saucers - lesser dog, greater still (31:36)
|august 2009 release ; lovingly conceived / executed quartet of live collaborations between erik “area c” carlson and an array of his close-knit compadres in/on the providence “scene,” all recorded in situ at the cormack planetarium ...|
aside from the music (some of the best i’ve heard from erik, partly deviating from his usual “always sunshine” modus) this is really one of the mostly carefully considered cd editions i’ve come across recently, with each disc in a gorgeously screen-printed inner sleeve, all housed in something of an “accordion” fold-out jacket (c/o amy borezo) ... excellent stuff !!!
|sedimental press release...|
area c with bf/bs, eyes like saucers and mudboy: the planetarium project
sed2cd054 | released in 2009
double full length cd release limited to 500 copies housed in a stunning and uniquely designed handmade hand assembled letterpress cardstock sleeve by discerning artist amy borezo at her shelter bookworks studio in orange, ma.
we have been fans and have closely followed providence’s area c project for several years. it was simply a matter of time before we would release something by this dynamic artist and these special recordings presented themselves as the obvious choice. area c’s work has always appealed in its ability to be at once hypnotically accessible balanced by subtle and brooding dark elements under the surface. it recalls both post-rock elements as well as the more experimental works of classic 70’s german space rock groups. the live collaborations with the other providence based artists push area c's distinctive sound in compelling directions. this document represents over two hours of carefully selected music taken from many evenings of performances.
about the planetarium project:
|in 2007, erik carlson of area c came up with the alt-space idea as a way to explore interactions between sound and space in environments that are not normally viewed or used as venues for art. its intent is to serve as a medium through which area c and other like-minded musicians could create new music that is inspired by and engages with unique architectural locations. an obvious first choice was the cormack planetarium, hidden within the slightly threadbare, victorian-era museum of natural history in providence, ri. these live performances – collaborations between area c and black forest/black sea, mudboy and eyes like saucers – became the basis of the planetarium project. |
for each performance, area c and the collaborating artist composed a new, largely improvisational piece based on a visual score created by carlson that corresponded to the planetarium display that he had designed with the planetarium staff, utilizing the planetarium’s zeiss projector and some of their more antique equipment. recorded in almost total darkness, these live performances mix in a palette of live instrumentation with samples from of a range of cosmic phenomena, including whistlers, bow shock, and kilometric radiation: all forms of radio emission produced by the magnetic fields of planets and other cosmic bodies. the planetarium project weaves these sounds into a fabric that plays between three sets of extremes: analog+digital, electric+acoustic, high tech + low fi.
the dome of the planetarium is filled with millions of tiny perforations. when projected light hits this surface, it produces a blurred effect, causing a slight optical shimmer: a low-fi way of mimicking the shimmer of distance we feel when viewing the real night sky. the music composed for the planetarium project was inspired by the way this domed room warps the sounds and images created here, while also wrapping the audience and performers within them.
the alt-space performances were funded through a grant from the rhode island state council.