Musicworks #37

‘Mechanical Disturbances, Especially In Air’

  1. Tim Wilson ‘Bells Of The Slovak Byzantine Catholic Cathedral Of The Transfiguration In Markham Ontario’ (7:24)
  2. Ellen Fullman ‘Duration (excerpt)’ (11:48)
  3. Tom Nunn ‘Varion’ (5:36)
  4. Tom Nunn ‘Fleur d’Esprit (improvisation)’ (2:45)
  5. Andrew Timar ‘North Of Java’ (5:51)
    (performed by Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble)
  6. Jon Siddall ‘The Greenhouse (beginning of Act IV)’ (5:54)
    (performed by Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble)
  7. The Cree Drum (members of the Davis familly & friends) ‘Round Dance Song (excerpts) + conversations & drum sounds’ (5:24)
  8. Gayle Young ‘The Amaranth (excerpt from Study in 11/9)’ (7:42)
  9. Sonde ‘Plastic Would II’ (4:29)
  10. Sonde ‘Allo A l’Eau’ (3:04)

Total time: 59:30
Cassette released 1986

Another gem from the awe-inspiring Musicworks series, #37 Mechanical disturbances, especially in air’ focuses on resonant sounds, self build instruments and microtonal compositions, including a native tribe’s drum-song and musique concrète as well. Collectively curated by editor-in-chief Tina Pearson and a team of microtonal specialists, the cassette intertwines ancient, even archaic sounds like church bells or gamelan orchestra, with cutting edge research on microtonality by Ellen Fullman or Gayle Young for instance. The latter was to become Musicworks’ chief editor in 1987. Her piece ‘The Amaranth’ is played on a self-build 24-stringed instrument, while Fullman is on his long string instrument. Both offer gorgeous aural epiphanies based on the strings’ harmonics and small intervals. Tom Nunn plays the Varion, a self-build instrument made of amplified metal parts played with a bow, for a richly textured exploration of its sonic potential. The Fleur d’Esprit is another of his own instrument designs. While you listen to the Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble enchanting sounds, it’s good to remember gamelan music is based on very short intervals and metallophone instruments specifically build for the gamelan orchestra, 2 caracteristics of the microtonal composers of today. The following field recordings shows Cree indian native tribe in typical drum-song. The Québec electroacoustic group Sonde (1980-86) contributes 2 tracks of beautiful musique concrète/sound sculptures with effects. Both tracks have been reissued on the CD ‘Sonde en ondes’ on the Oral label, 2007. As usual with Musicworks tapes, the impressive coherence of the track listing combines with musicality of the highest order. The plus and what makes Musicworks unique is a care for parishioners, nature sounds, extra-european music and indian native tribes. Murray Schafer can be proud of his students.

[Link removed 12/09. Complaint received]

Above: Tina Pearson, Ellen Fullman & Gayle Young.

5 Responses to “Musicworks #37”

  1. 1 The Vegan Surgeons October 13, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Thanks a lot for this great music!

  2. 2 mike October 13, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    I still read Musicworks to this day. CDs now come with the magazine instead of tapes. This one was before I had discovered them.

    Now If I could just find Musicworks #60 or the other rare John Oswald

  3. 3 continuo October 13, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    To The Surgeons: nice music on your MySpace. Thanks for dropping by.
    To Mike: did you check my other Musicworks posts, including #26 compiled and produced by John Oswald?

  4. 4 PBK October 19, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Ellen Fullman’s work is fantastic!

  5. 5 continuo October 19, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Philip. Thanks for dropping by. I totally agree with you. Ellen Fullman’s music is indeed fantastic, and it has been so for more than 20 years now!

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