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|private chronology (usa) #pc 01 cs|
reuben son “glowing departure” c52 cassette
- 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars, 6-string electric guitar, and cassette tape (26:00)
- 6-string electric guitar, singing bowl, e-bow, and cassette tape (16:52)
- 6-string acoustic guitar (9:08)
|november 2009 release ; debut release from local guitarist / composer reuben son, self-issued on his private chronology imprint ...|
despite the reference(s) to fahey in his own blurb below, this is about as far-removed from a straight takoma-school outing as you can possibly imagine ; the lengthy a-side piece moves along at an almost feldman-ian pace, with spare interjections of chiming 12-string notes dotting a landscape of grinding, cassette-blurred static that measuredly gains in volume, only to erupt in a fury of mechanical hum (which could very well be an ultra-compressed recording of the very same cassette walkman used in the piece’s construction) ...
on the flip, a ground-hum heavy tone-field is interpreted by the motor of said walkman’s dying voltage-source in a fashion reminiscent of maurizio bianchi’s early 80s tape experiments ... surprisingly, this gives way to a studied modal finger-style piece, showcasing reuben’s formidable “chops” w/o dipping too far into cloying guitarisms or technique-for-technique’s-sake showboating ...
... it’s great to hear this approach coming from someone who’s obviously a “player” ; the process-music & minimalism-inspired flourishes, coupled with the embrace of contemporary tape-label sensibilities make this one of the better blind-sidings of recent times. highly recommended !!!
|private chronology press release...|
private chronology 01 - reuben son - glowing departure c52
this debut release features three pieces on guitar from erstwhile fahey devotee reuben son. two of the pieces herein focus heavily on usage of cassette tape as a physical medium, wrought to interact with the guitar in both the audio and the physical domain. utilizing fingerpicking and tabletop guitar methodologies alongside variations on riley’s time lag accumulator, reich’s phase-shifting, and stephen cornford’s for violin, viola and tape, son creates guitar-based music saturated with drone and decay.
hand-assembled edition by the artist, with labels scrawled onto painted cassette shells by fingerpick.