01 In Thicket side 1 (13:55)
02 In Thicket side 2 (13:35)
Total time 27:30
10” picture disc released by Sounds For Consciousness Rape, Bordeaux, France, 1994
The moment illusion and seduction of conventional music are dropped, new musical rules take over. Musique concrète emerged from a deliberate disregard for formalness and a yearning for the more unexpected, neglected sounds at hand. This fruitful tradeoff is perfectly illustrated by ‘In Thicket’, two sublime slices of musique concrète courtesy of Small Cruel Party, aka Seattle composer Key Ransone (now relocated in France). Whether this was inspired by Charles Olson‘s 1950 poem ‘In Cold Hell, in Thicket’ (listen and read) is not known to me, yet the music on this disc retains some of the poem’s impenetrability and even seems to mirror several tangible objects listed therein, like ‘the traceries, the markings, the canals, the pits, the mountings . . . a wagon, for a sleigh, for the beak of, the running sides of a vessel . . . smallest branch, plant, fern, root‘. In its use of disparaged objects and overall organic processes, the music somewhat echoes the substance of what emerges from the poem. The A side, for instance, was possibly built from various found objects along cheap sampler, low motor rumble and objects on a turntable. Both tracks on ‘In Thicket’ have an organic feel, and the found objects have a breath of their own. The fact the instruments used to produce the sounds remain undisclosed reminds a similar strategy in Marcel Duchamp‘s own ‘A Bruit Secret’ sound sculpture.