Fraufraulein’s music is immersive. Anne Guthrie and Billy Gomberg beam themselves, and us along with them, Quantum Leap-style directly into multiple environments in medias res. Through the clever employment of field recordings, they transport us to a hurricane-addled beach, performing a voice/piano duet as driftwood missiles careen through the air. In another “episode,” the manipulation of small objects conjures up the intimacy of a water garden filled with windchimes. Partners in both life and art, Guthrie and Gomberg are also consummate solo artists. He is a master of spike-textured drones, while she explores the intimate properties of physical entities. Like a child tends to resemble one parent while borrowing subtle traits from the other, Solum identifies more with Guthrie’s electroacoustic tendencies than it does with Gomberg’s electronics. This is in stark contrast to 2015’s Extinguishment, which felt a little more balanced between those two modes. Both approaches work, yet Solum feels more meticulously crafted and nuanced. Careful listening unveils multiple subtle tones and textures, and each piece is an adventure for the ears.
Scaffolding is, essentially, a digital private release. Files for downloading, listening and distributing are below:
Scaffolding was recorded in March and April of 2019, while the building we live in was being repainted. Green netting gauzed our view and shaded our interior. Work was not regular: some days the temporary structure would be busy, weeks would pass without work being done. Some days work would be relatively quiet, others days quite loud.
We had been living in San Francisco for a little over one year at this time and my creative practice was still nding new balance with life, so this work presented a unique intrusion that I could accommodate or resist. I attempted the former, preferring to favor my ongoing impressionistic tendencies working with electronic material and field recordings. Throughout this period I let my recorder run through the afternoons, recording long, repetitive sound from my synthesizer.
The weather and light was generally pleasant through these months, even through the netting and noise. Scaffolding continues my general focus on exploratory listening material for articulation of a listeners own experience – your own language inevitably describes better what you hear in these works, it contains the poetry of your own perception and feeling. I will not tell you how to feel or what to experience while listening, I hope to provide the tools for a poetic experience worth discovering again.
Editing and composition took place through the rest of the season, with ongoing work in 2019 and 2020. Both the field recordings and synthesizer material are left mostly as they were recorded, with edits for clarity and pacing, touches of EQ and dynamic processing, some light flourishes added in the mix.
An earlier edit of Scaffolding was shared privately in 2019.
Scaffolding is being distributed via Soulseek and BitTorrent. I ask that you continue to share this material, as downloaded, via these means. If these resources do not work for you, I welcome requests for a download link.
I am using Scaffolding to conduct a small experiment in the distribution and reception of “this kind of music” in 2020. This experiment may continue with more releases in the future. This is not “against labels,” or “quitting Bandcamp” – it is for something else. I am thinking of you, of us. This is something I want to try.
I want to emphasize the relationship, the exchange between myself and a listener, our perceptions and expressions, our understanding. I want to remove the mediated space of the website, the algorithm, one’s retail trail and the immensity of machines keeping our purchases online, the bloodless code handling ourselves as metrics. The mirror of prestige in the working of capital.
This is an imperfect plan, and a porous perspective. This is what I was inspired to do. I wanted to take a step to engage the reception of my music differently, and taking that step is all I can do.
Thank you for listening, and thank you for reading and participating in this with me.
San Francisco, California
once in a while, I have the pleasure of making a mix. enjoy this recent selection of recordings, electronics and moments at Dinzu Artefacts’s podcast series. thanks for listening and thanks as always for another invitation to work with w/ Dinzu.
tracklisting & links below. thanks to all the musicians and labels who keep this going.
domestic recording of speaker & battery test
Marcin Barski “conversation with father” Wandas Dream (Reading Group / http://www.readinggroup.co/rg12.html)
Kevin Corcoran “translucent and moving” states of instability (bandcamp / https://editionstympanum.bandcamp.com/album/states-of-instability)
Gonçalo F Cardoso “Ghost Crabs on Uhuru Beach (low tide)” Impressões de uma Ilha (Unguja) (Edicoes CN / https://goncalofcardoso.bandcamp.com/album/impress-es-de-uma-ilha-unguja)
Derek Baron “Recollects” Recollects (Reading Group / http://www.readinggroup.co/rg13.html)
Apinya Unphanlam “Destiny” Metaphors: Selected Soundworks from the Cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Sub Rosa / https://subrosalabel.bandcamp.com/album/metaphors-selected-soundworks-from-the-cinema-of-apichatpong-weerasethakul)
Taku Sugimoto “II (2016), from Songs” Short Pieces (https://takusugimoto.bandcamp.com/album/taku-sugimoto-short-pieces)
Theodore Cale Schafer “Crowd” (unreleased)
Cremation Lily “Feminine Listening” In England Now, Underwater (Alter / https://cremationlily-alter.bandcamp.com/album/in-england-now-underwater)
Victorine Meurent “Untitled 9” Even Less of the Harmony of Maine (Found Remains / https://foundremains.bandcamp.com/album/even-less-of-the-harmony-of-maine)
Andrew Pekler “Khao Sok Extension” (https://andrewpekler.bandcamp.com/album/khao-sok-extension)
mdo “with ulla straus” mdo & friends (c-minus / https://cminus.bandcamp.com/album/mdo-friends)exael “spilt” collex (west mineral ltd / https://westmineral.bandcamp.com/album/collex-ouest096)Lee Noble “Phase Melody for Tape Loops” Ashenden (Muzan Editions / https://muzaneditions.bandcamp.com/album/ashenden)
Etelin “Been Really Good Today” Hui Terra (Soda Gong / https://sodagong.bandcamp.com)
domestic recording of line work in a storm
Anne Guthrie “Hackle 2 excerpt” (unreleased)
This is one of the last photos I took on Tuesday afternoon. I’ve been walking through Prospect Park almost daily with my son, the park has been exceptionally in season, plenty of fall colors, and really great weather. I’ve taken many photos of the park on these walks. I don’t feel right posting these right now.
Looking at a couple of internet signposts of mine, I realized that I neglected 2012 a bit. My bio blurb at Soundcloud is pretty out of date (just fixed that). I dropped off a lot of my presence on genre-based forums.
I was very fortunate to find a change in employment, a feather-in-cap freelance project, another slow evolution in my kit, and continued outlets for my music and video practice.
in no particular order, releases from 2012 that hung around:
john talabot fin (Permanent Vacation)
trouble books concatenating fields (Bark and Hiss)
KTL V (eMego)
muringa the unknown knowns (SOFA)
liars WIXIW (Mute)
wymond miles under the pale moon (Sacred Bones)
dunes noctulica (Post Present Medium)
michael pisaro/toshiya tsunoda crosshatches (Erstwhile)
jacob ullman fremde zeit addendum (Edition RZ)
jürg frey piano music (Irritable Hedgehog)
eliane radigue feedback works (Alga Marghen)
andy stott luxury problems (Modern Love)
mites passing resemblance (CFYR)
another blanket tip to Students Of Decay for three records that really should not have been missed this year; En’s Already Gone, Marielle Jakobsons Glass Canyon and Alex Cobb’s Passage To Morning are all statement albums in current electronic music.
Thanks to Michael Jantz at Avant Archive and Steven Ramsey at Constellation Tatsu for publishing my work this year, and to Olivia Block & Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, and Ben Kudler at Hamphire College for hosting performances.