Brian Olewnick on Heavy Objects

A rare missive from Brian Olewnick’s woodsy retreat:

How nice to have some new Fraufraulein! Anne Guthrie (French horn, objects) and Billy Gomberg (electronics, bass guitar) have a special way of creating all-but-casual soundscapes from found materials and horn snippets, often subtly underlined by Gomberg’s essentially melodic take on things. There’s a relaxed feeling, walking speed, but extremely observant, choosing sounds with a balance of care and nonchalance. There’s a sense of a pure field recording that happens to contain musical elements as part of the environment, as when the (I think) small horn burps bubble to the surface about 12 minutes into ‘One of Us Always Tells the Truth’; very engaging. Firecrackers in the street begin side two, ‘When We Evaporate’, sharing space with muffled bass plucks and soft, wistful horn lines, all soon blending with the general, urban ambience outside the window. More small explosions, as though recorded on July 4th or Chinese New Year, airplanes passing, distant radio. Toward the end, the bass becomes a bit more insistent, even establishing a rhythm, Guthrie’s horn wafting atop, a very fine coalescing of all that’s transpired before. Excellent work all around, a real treasure. More, please.

Video Art for Conditional Malaise
(w/ Rob Feulner, Bleu Nuit Video)

I’ve been lax in posting about this mostly b/c we’ve been overrun with activity this summer so here, catch up with this:

Produced between 2016 and 2017, “Video Art for Conditional Malaise” is a tool intended for those suffering from bouts of seasonal depression or general malaise in our modern political climate.

For thirty minutes flowers bloom and float into video feedback ether, set to the experimental-ambient music of Billy Gomberg. For its intended effect, please view using a projector against a large white wall, with the audio set to a louder than usual volume. The goal is full immersion.

Running time — 29:04
NTSC — Region 0
Audio track 1: Original score by Billy Gomberg
Optional audio track: Original score by Billy Gomberg run through VCR tracking errors when recording final cut.

Video Art for Conditional Malaise DVD trailer from Rob Feulner on Vimeo.

gorgeous, raw analog video manipulations from Rob Feulner. we got to play out with this footage in April and it was a joy. play loud and bright and big.

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ATTN:Magazine on Slight At That Contact

words from Jack Chuter at ATTN:Magazine…

“This is music in a larval state. Through a process of unfurling and awakening, Slight At That Contact exercises all of the phonetic and gestural behaviours that will later be refined into language…The album is finding its feet, condensing open drones into communicative shapes, refining gurgles of distortion into phonemes, sharpening the slurs of sibilance into pointed patterns of musical meaning.”

http://www.attnmagazine.co.uk/music/11017

full review below:

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