Four very extreme solo pieces, and they’re
Marina Peterson / athens.s / for cello,
paper clips, sticks
Peterson effectively gets you to focus on small
details, tiny things, the possibilities of the very small. Floorboards
creaking, doors opening and similar mundane things are transformed into
much more than just random, uninteresting sound.
Phillip Schulze / Cause Unfold Proceed II /
This sortie comes across like a machine trying to
communicate with humans. We can’t understand it, but the effort the
machine put into it was interesting and more than welcome. That machine
probably has a rich life of its own when we’re not hanging around.
Jonathan Chen / Drummer / for electronics
Basically one ongoing, virtually unchanging drone.
Sound this limited pretty much made me feel like an irrelevant party. If
La Monte Young’s 60s group’s drones were too maximal for you, you may
latch onto this in a big way.
Andrew Dewar / Diptych / for soprano sax
A worthy entry in the genre where a sax is
conceived of as a piece of metal capable of makings sounds that don’t
sound recognizably saxophone-like at all.