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|kranky (usa) #krank 121 cd|
bird show “untitled” compact disc
- two organs and dumbek
- clouds and their shadows
- synthesizer solo
- mbira, harp and voice
- green vines
- percussion and voice
- pan pipe ensemble and voice
- wood flute, berimbau, mbira and voice
|september 2008 release ; the third solo outing for kranky from town & country / singer / drmwpn member (and fellow nightcrawler) ben vida ...|
largely cast in the shadows of his familiar ethno-improv style (as always, his languorous vocals add soporific texture throughout) with takes ranging from some lovely terry riley-lineage minimalist patternage to afro-beat-laced upper-neck guitar & castanet / hand-drum figures, to his first experiments with blending electronic timbres into the fray (the short but sweet “synthesizer solo” offers up an admirable microcosm of sun-ra lineage keyboard skronk - listen to the sound-sample) ...
... just how ben manages to offer up such a diverse measure of pan-genre sound so effortlessly is beyond my comprehension, but you don’t necessarily need a degree in ethnomusicology to appreciate what’s on offer here ...
|artist: bird show|
catalog #: krank121
formats available: cd
release date: september 1, 2008
ben vida: hammond xb-2, microkorg, moog voyager, gibson sg, berinbau, shona mbira, slit drum, pan pipes, shakers, vietnamese jaw harp, tambourines, ride cymbal, congas, wood flute, ring modulator, elephant bells, violin, qraqeb, zither, voice, ten string harp, frame drum, finger cymbals, triangle.
greg davis: gong, bells, field recordings and processing on track 2.
robert aa lowe: tambourine on track 3,voice on tracks 6 and 8.
adam vida: korg cx-3 on track 1, tambourine on track 3, ride cymbal on track 6.
michael zerang: dumbek on track 1.
this is the third album by ben vida under his bird show moniker following his lightning ghost album from 2006 on kranky. recorded in chicago, il and burlington, vt 2007-2008.