“Jeff Surak & Gary Rouzer: tapes, objects, etc”
The tracks on this are endlessly inventive: all sorts of pings and strango clickings and clangs in evidence – a performance technique that I shall name and henceforth refer to as "rummaging". Listening to a bit right ( lost track of which track...) now that has some distorto-tape warpage worthy of one of Angus MacLise's temple pieces. There's some nice radio manipulation going on too – you'd think I'd be well bored with that now, here in 2015, but – nah – radio is starting to sound more n more exotic, the deeper we go into the digitally-clean quickstreamin' post-internet world. Hmmm, now garrrblgrabllbuhled voices and a sound that resembles a Kenwood mixer whrrrrring at 470rpm – helium cake-mixage, no – wait! - is that tween-station radio noise? I like that I don't quite know.
And underpinning everything is traffic noise, street corner conversations, found cafe chat n clink. The cars sound very... English. Apart from the cop cars; them, not so. God, this bit sounds like a air-raid! People running for cover from some enormous rotating wooden spoon in the sky.
((Like the way these pieces act as a Cagean Focus-Field (not a Frame, of course, 'cos it's already got sound in it) – it makes you more sensitive to the sounds in the world around you; a few mins ago was listening in the garden and noticed a neighbour clanging on a piece of metal (I'm making it sound like I've got Test Dept living nxt door) leaking into the headphone mix; then local Yeovil traffic noise joined that of a Washinton st-corner; and, er... wood-pigeons. So, maybe you could sub-title this The Infinitely Variable Mix (that's kinda Cagean, right?); though, isn't all (pre-recorded?) music like that, really? It's only when we remove the artifice of drums and melodies and shit and overtly signpost something as a 'field-recording' that the effect is suddenly heightened – we then allow ourselves to hear the world. To notice it.))
Yeah, there's a bit with a creaky, hesitant-sounding harmonium and other parts sound like some delay-manipulated drone snuck into the building – all from the "tapes", I guess. Though I like the idea that those sounds were native to the streets of DC.
Yeah, it's good.