A collection curated by Keiron Phelan (Littlebow, State River Widening etc)and Oliver Cherer (Dollboy) of tributes to the late electron composer Pauline Oliveros. Featuring the likes of Neotropic, Isnaj Dui, the Hardy Tree and Michael Tanner, each artist has fashioned pieces that draw influence from Oliveros musical principles.
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Keiron Phelan and Oliver Cherer, in association with pastoral huebearers Rural Colours, brought together a number of musicians including Isnaj Dui and Norman fave The Hardy Tree for a fitting 12 track tribute to deep listener Pauline Oliveros (RIP).
It’s hard to sum up the achievements of Oliveros, so aside from creating a new perspective on music listening and how it can influence performance, I’ll just state that she was still performing in ensembles and writing academic works well into 2016 right before her death. It’s unclear exactly how each bit of music on this CD are influenced by her works, but a gradual unfurling of sound seems to capture everything so far. Voices and autumnal strings drone beautifully on Alison Cotton’s contribution, while tiny fragments of blips stutter and chirrup during Brona McVittie’s, much like a soft dial tone trying to accompany a xylophone but not as stupid as that sounds. The two guys who organised this both try their hand at the music thing with ‘PO4C’, a piece full of slowly undulating flute cycles and abstracted vocals alternating like an Eno ecosystem.
I’m running out of time, so I only have time for ‘Dui and ‘Tree. Isnaj Dui also takes to the flute, albeit extremely slowed down and foghorn-like, before being joined by an ambient techno beat composed of mechanical clanks and mouth clicks. Nice. Now that we’ve stopped dropping her download codes, The Hardy Tree can make music again, this time with some bright angelic synth meditations that take influence from the styles of both Oliveros and Ariel Kalma alike. Some violins and xylophone (marimba?) enter later, bringing the pastorality to new heights.
Very nice compilation, and I didn’t even get to listen to the piece for 7 accordions or bowed dulcimer.
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