Label: Elevator Bath
過去30年に渡り様々な形態のパフォーマンスアートを実践、グランドピアノ内部使ったライブエレクトロニクス、プログラミングを導入したアンプリファイ・フィードバックまで、幅広い音響実験を行って来たニューヨークはブルックリンを拠点とするコンポーザーBob Bellerue。毎度録音のクオリティが高い事でも知られる人物ですが、本作は間違いなく2021年の重要タイトルと言える米Elevator Bathからの新録[Radioactive Desire]。バイオリン、ビオラ、ダブルベース、オルガン、サックス、それぞれのプレイヤーの前に様々なサイズのスピーカーを配置、自身もジャンクメタルやシンバルを操り溢れんばかりの"多次元フィードバック"を生み出した凄まじい次元の録音ブツ。先頃発表されたRobert Curgenvenの[Beyond Enclosures]を好まれる方には激推しの一作。マスト。
Gorgeous double-CD packaged inside a full-color, eight-panel, heavyweight digipak. Multifold full-color insert with photos and liner notes included.
"The music is intense on every level, and there is a great underlying tension in these pieces, a mysterious force if you will."
- Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly
Recorded on the hottest days in the longest year, "Radioactive Desire" is a work for free chamber music in feedback environments. Simple improvisational structures gave focus to the exquisite playing of the musicians, and the performers were physically located within speakers of varying sizes to create multidimensional feedback systems.
It is a project borne of feedback between speakers and instruments, but the context in which it came to fruition demonstrated the deep interconnections between people and systems of collaboration. The project was a way to activate musical signals with the push and pull of chthonic energy, yet we felt and lived that in the improvisation of our lives to a more visceral extent than we may have ever thought possible. Working with these sounds, processes, and ideas provided substance and process for me to work through these difficult times.
I am indebted with gratitude to the relaxed and precise skills of the musicians who took on this project, a group of deep shredders in the avant-garde improvised extended cosmic free music worlds. They were able to roll with the handwritten notes that provided the scant written music, and create new forms of music in real time.
My deepest appreciation to Jessica, Brandon, Luke, Gabby, Ed, Matthew, Jackson, the Unitarian staff, Wave Farm, NYSCA, and Colin / Elevator Bath