01 Nataliawork (21:05)
For bass flute and live processing
Live recording, Maison de Radio France, Paris, March 30, 2008
Natalia Pschenitschnikova: bass flute and vocals
Phil Niblock: laptop, ProTools
A piece specially composed for the russian flutist, taking full advantage of her ability to sustain long notes on her instrument while singing. Quite different from classic Niblock for flutes – think ‘Four Full Flutes’ , 1990 – ‘Nataliawork’ is dense and richely textured. The electronic treatment add depth and density to the droning sound. The wordless vocals introduces a human factor in Niblock’s music, as well as a russian element: I was reminded of Valentina Ponomareva’s vocals in Sergeï Kuryokhin’s Popular Mechanics during the 1980s, and this feeling of ‘divine madness’ was fascinating.