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|semata productions (usa) #sem-018 cd|
work/death “tender comrades” compact disc
- the grey elk plummets to earth and then is lowered beneath it. (13:44)
- like two little magnets. (7:04)
- visions of luke in revelation. (9:47)
- ascention of the many steps to porter square. (23:03)
|july 2010 release ; ... after an immaculate string of work for his own tsol tape-label, scøtt reber here drops his debut full length cd for ricardo’s semata ...|
consisting of a simply gorgeous mix of field recordings, mysterious sound sculpture-lineage motorized chug, washed-out mechanical hum, and subtle, yet unapologetically tonal compositions, scøtt has achieved a true, vital hybrid of sonic arts union-style process music, “traditional” musique concrète, and deep, emotionally-charged chord-wrangling that never comes across as cloying or trite, keeping things grimy & gauzy, always wrapped in a patina of post-noise sensibilities...
four extended takes ; each with their own separate trajectory ; highly recommended !!!
ps. sit back, take a break, and listen to the entire 14-minute run of “the grey elk plummets” to your left ; hard one to excerpt given all of the slow, momentum-creeps, so i’ve left it intact. enjoy !!!
|semata productions press release...|
sem-018 work/death 'tender comrades' cd
providence, rhode island based work/death, operated by scott reber, is an intersection of musique concrete, electro-acoustic improv and composition, field recording, drone, harsh noise, physical performance, and the pop song. as the name suggests it is a labor of determination, focus, and quality accumulating over a lifetime. for the past 10 years he has synthesized sounds of the 20th century. his multimodal composition process navigates effortlessly between the intellectualist avant garde and the noise underground with its violent removal of musical structures. paraphrasing reber himself, "david tudor or alvin lucier as prototype wall noise via early mapping of crunch, crumble, cracks, crackle, ruptures, space, and moving air that would later be central to the rita, macronympha."
each work/death release, previously on labels such as hospital, monorail trespassing, ekhein, ect. gives the listener an entry point to his exploration of a time, location, frequency or state of anxiety. 'tender comrades' his first official full length is his strongest statement yet. unapologetic harmonic/melodic moves surfacing through and being submerged by waves of white noise. 'tender comrades' is drenched in sweat, performed with piano, upright bass, guitar, machine, midi programming, cassette manipulation, synthesizer, his body, hiss, crackle, melody, hope and possibility. this is harsh noise composition, conceptual high volume, the aurality of negative space, the physicality of sound - filling rooms, bodies. work/death exemplifies the subtlety of pain and the intensity of tenderness. garbage in. garbage out.
edition of 500: pro replicated compact discs housed in a deluxe full color digipak.