Matthew Shipp/Loren M. Connors/Val Bertoia


01 Matthew Shipp Spinal Syntax 1 & 2 (3:36)
02 Val Bertoia Sculptures of Sonambient Lock Grooves (1:35)
03 Loren MazzaCane Connors Blight (2:14)
04 Loren MazzaCane Connors Eviction (2:19)
05 Loren MazzaCane Connors Exile (1:23)
06 Val Bertoia Sculptures of Sonambient Lock Grooves (2:05)

Total time 13:00
7” single with Halana magazine issue 1, USA, 1995

Chris Rice launched issue #1 of his legendary magazine Halana in 1995 from Ardmore, Pennsylvania, in the Philadelphia area on the East Coast, only 50kms from the Harry Bertoia studio in Bally, PA (pictured on front cover). It makes sense, then, he would devote the first companion disc to resonant metallic sounds from piano strings, guitar chords and sound sculptures, later moving on to include the sound works of Rafael Toral, David Tudor, Keiji Haino, Loren Chasse, etc, on future CDs. Matthew Shipp offers his angular, Cubist piano playing in what sounds like 12-tone improvisation. The 3 tracks by Loren Connors are build from bleak, repetitve electric guitar chords with long resonance from the reverb kit. Sounds remarkably similar to the Val Bertoia (son of Harry) sound sculptures used to create the locked grooves at the end of each side. These humble locked groove still conveys some of the rich resonances familiar from Harry Bertoia’s sound works.


5 Responses to “Matthew Shipp/Loren M. Connors/Val Bertoia”

  1. 1 icastico March 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I have Matthew Ships album w/Dj Spooky…I like his style.

  2. 2 Kenneth Wilson April 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I am in the process of compiling a research document exploring the inherent spiritual aspect of improvisation and would love to read the Halana Matthew Shipp interview. I think this article could be of mega value to my project and therefore was wondering if there is any way that you could scan these pages for me from the original zine. I would be eternally grateful if you were to do this.

    Many thanks,


  3. 3 continuo April 8, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Hi Kenneth, unfortunately I don’t have the magazine that came with this 7” single. Maybe some of my readers might be able to help, though, providing you give them a little more time.

  4. 4 feq'wah November 18, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Saw the link at Holy Warbles…thanks Mr.Continuo!

  5. 5 continuo November 18, 2010 at 6:03 am

    You’re welcome.

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