Can you keep a secret?December 22, 2006
A recent I Hate Music thread asked for people to nominate their ‘secret’ CDs of the year, releases that perhaps have slipped under the radar yet warrant a mention. here are mine, two modern composition discs I have enjoyed listening to a lot, and a CDR release;
Jakob Ullmann – A Catalogue of Sounds (Edition RZ)
For Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Ensemble, this has been one of my own little discoveries of the year. Beautifully restrained, dry playing working with texture and muted colours and some incredible use of sustained notes the like of which Ive not witnessed before. Ullmann works with a reduced pallette that touches all the sweet spots for me.
Tim Parkinson – Cello Piece (Wandelweiser)
On Wandelweiser but far from silent. This is a wonderfully put together composition made up of twelve short parts that are all relatively different in sound and feel, each written on a separate sheet of paper.
For a live performance the pages are then shuffled and played in random order, so on the CD version the idea is to do the same, play the music on shuffle mode.
The piece plays with the idea of listening closely to single, simple sounds from one instrument and then places another random sound from the same instrument beside it so that the juxtapositioning or compatibility of the two are interesting at a very basic, fundemental level. Its hard to describe beyond that, but given time, space and attention Cello Piece is a very rewarding experience.
Cor Fuhler, Keith Rowe – Doek3 (Conundrom CDR)
A recording from a concert in late 2003 that I believe was meant to appear at one time on the Grob label. Cor has made a few copies as CDRs and has been selling them on his own Conundrom label, but I’m not sure if he is up for making mass copies and distributing at all. Cor?
The music is great, Rowe’s tabletop guitar and Fuhler playing prepared piano. I caught this duo live earlier this year and they were predictably good, a nice balance of the acoustic properties of each instrument tied to the power of the electonics affecting them both. Some lovely dynamics across the half hour long piece. There aren’t many examples of Fuhler’s piano work out there on disc ( a rather lovely solo CD is on the way in 2007 I understand however) so if there’s any way you can find this I suggest you do, and I hope it finds a proper CD release one day.