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Shelf Life: Ductworks

An ensemble featuring Public Eyesore artists B. Day, A. Boardman, J. Jaros and J.Schleidt proves to be similar to Day's work as Sistrum and / or Eloine in a seemingly more spontaneous and live context. Ductworks is essentially preoccupied with sound, falling into the broad category of noise and the general embrace of the avant garde. It is timbral, textural and organically shaped, flashing in and out of coherence in ways that imply some organizational approach that perhaps the titles hint at: reordering elements as an editorial execution of typical theme and variation. Or not: in some ways, given the ensemble form and the overriding rule that no source or instrument be played as an instrument, the listener experiences the same sort of proximity effects of self-sorting structures and self-limiting divergences and correspondences that derive from any limited set of any number of components. That said, there is a clear range of expression at work in the mantling and dismantling of the sounds and their deployment. The thirteen pieces share as many dissimilarities in timbre, texture, pacing and range as they share similarities. By no means minimal, the four artists generate a remarkable and convincing thicket of sounds, remaining amusical throughout. The simplest analogy that comes to mind brings us back to Fred Frith's ever more important Guitar Solos: only here with more than one sound source and more chamber-like than solo.


Track Listing
01) t k c r d s u o w
02) c u s w o d k r t
03) w k u c t d r s o
04) r c t u w d s k o
05) s o t u k w d r c
06) o k r t s w c u d
07) k t c u d w s r o
08) o t k w c s r d u
09) s o u w r t k d c
10) r t c s o w k u d
11) k o u s r t d w c
12) w c d r k s u o t
13) r d s t k o u c w

Added: July 7th 2008
Reviewer: Kerry Leimer
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Related Link: Publich Eyesore
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Language: english

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