01 Gathering – side 1 (21:38)
02 Gathering – side 2 (21:34)
Daniel Barber: assorted percussion
Patrick Barber: electric bass
Amy Denio: alt. saxophone, voice
Catherine Holmes: amplified cello
Jeph Jerman: drums
Ernst Lung K.: trumpet & amplified trumpet
Nick Sherman: electric guitar
Mary Shokes: electric violin
Adem Tepedelen: electric guitar
Hyla Willis: amplified loom, voice
Total time 43:12
LP coreleased by Giardia Recordings, Fusetron and Carburetor Records, WORM 003 – FUSE 006 – BRT 004, USA, 1995.
Hand-painted cover with stickers.
Blowhole was founded in 1987 in Colorado Springs by percussionist Jeph Jarman and the Barber brothers, with Scott Hiller, Fil Rodriguez and Dr. Soule. At one point there was one Blowhole in Colorado Springs and another branch in Seattle when Patrick Barber moved there. Starting 1987, Jeph Jarman also ran his Hands To solo electroacoustic project, turning to what he calls ‘concussion’ when playing with Blowhole – actually, an assortment of scrap metal objects including hubcaps, as is the case on this LP. Blowhole issued nearly 50 releases between 1987 and 1998, with some CD-R reissues in the 20th century. The music on ‘Gathering’ is culled from live and studio recordings from 1994. The fairly short tracks are interwoven to form 2 long suites. Some tracks are straight free jazz numbers with prominent saxophone and regular drumming, while others are more noisy rock affairs. Some are group efforts, while others are solos by one band member. The music would work perfectly as a soundtrack to a Rauschenberg painting: large scale, ironical and collage-like. This incarnation of Blowhole includes 4 women: Amy Denio, Catherine Holmes, Mary Shokes and Hyla Willis, the latter credited with ‘amplified loom’, an interesting nod toward Industrial Age, I guess.
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Below: ‘Gathering’ LP alternative covers found on the net (each unique):