CD Reviews

Barry Chabala, Bonnie Jones, Louisa Martin, Tisha Mukarji, Toshimaru Nakamura, Gabriel Paiuk – Unbalanced in, Unbalanced out

August 24, 2012

CDr Another Timbre Tonight’s CD is one I have been pondering over for over a month now- a recent release on the Another Timbre label by an internet-connected sextet “project managed” by the New Jersey guitarist Barry Chabala. Unbalanced in, unbalanced out was put together over a period of time by Chabala, (guitar) Bonnie Jones, […]

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Thursday 4th March

March 5, 2010

Black, white, red, green, blue is a scored work written by Pisaro that is performed by Chabala on electric guitar. The title of the piece comes from a Rimbaud verse in which he seems to liken these five colours to vowels used in language. The significance of this to the final work here is not completely clear, but the music has a simple, elemental feel that reflects these simple building blocks of other artforms. The piece appears to be divided into five parts, one for each colour one would imagine (I have not seen the score). In each of the parts quiet guitar sounds are placed at regular intervals amidst the silence. The sounds are grouped together by their musical shape rather than their pitch. The first section makes use of gentle, ringing guitar notes that chime softly before decaying very slowly into the thick, thick silence. In the next part a faint note rises gradually from the nothingness before falling away again, dissolving into the quiet before the next arrives a few moments later. Other sections see the sounds become firmer and more present, elsewhere longer, the notes extended out into a virtually continuous sound that dips below audible levels only to resurface seconds later.

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Monday 28th December

December 28, 2009

Bary Chabala is a New Jersey based musician whose music I have mentioned here before. His recent versions of Michael Pisaro’s An Unrhymed Chord composition were excellent. Despite living in an American city, not far from a major metropolis, Chabala actually has found it hard to find sympathetic musicians with which to play and record in person, so several of his releases have been file-sharing collaborative works, made at a distance. The disc I have been listening to today, called The Shade & The Squint is one of these works, and is the second such recording Chabala has released with New Zealand based percussionist Lee Noyes. It would appear from the brief liner notes that the music on the two tracks here were recorded separately, blind, and then layered together. The first track, Yin (The Shade) is unedited in any way beyond the simple layering of the tracks, while the second, Yang (The Squint) is “edited by reduction”

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Saturday 8th August

August 8, 2009

Although Barry Chabala’s realisation of Michael Pisaro’s An unrhymed chord composition has just been released on the Confront label as part of the Collector’s Series I have to admit to have been listening to a recording of it quite often over several months. In fact, if I had not already agreed to release a different […]

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