Concert Silence

Concert Silence: 9.22.07

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Product Type: CD
Artist: Concert Silence

Title: 9.22.07
Label: CD Baby

Concert Silence is a collaboration between Charles Buckingham and Matthew Cooper, currently both residing in Portland, Oregon. An ongoing conversation between the two began in 2004 when they met over a shared interest in live sound manipulation. '09.22.07' was the first major outcome of discussions regarding symbiotic cultures and their implications to music. A live performance set up was designed, allowing each player to have equal input and manipulation control, (which can be seen in a diagram within the artwork of the album). After the completion of a live session recorded to minidisc, the two decided to release the unmastered un-edited music for free download via their website. A short while later the free recordings were taken down from the site. Infraction Records is now releasing a previously unheard professionally mastered recording of the session in it's entirety. 'The sound of piano, both pure and processed, has become almost a sub-genre of it's own within ambient electronica. There's a Satie-authored lineage stretching from Budd/Eno through to Sakamoto's collabs with Alva Noto and Fennesz, with signs to other off-beat sites. Buckingham's background in visual art makes his contribution to Concert Silence somewhat enigmatic. He had previously co-opted Cooper for the audio of an online ambient audio-visual collaboration in the 'Window Exchange' project; Cooper's signature is clearly recognizable, for all that the pianism of his earlier Eluvium work are tweaked and tampered with here. Six discrete movements, an affair of edgy ambience, with lilting lulling passages ceding to digital depredations. Some parts subtly infiltrated, others strewn with the detritus of error-smithery. "Part Two," for example, sounds as if it's slowly spontaneously combusting in the player, gradually growing into a larger conflagration, culminating in a veritable firework display of pops, crackles and wayward woozy pitch shifts, eating itself in echo and fuzz, before returning to the opening lull of barely audible soft-pedaled piano purism. Overall the Cooper-Buckingham pairing puts a distinctive slant on the compositional tradition mentioned above, finding a beguiling blend of the worlds of piano concerto and that of digital signal processing, with it's random reversals, glitch flurries, and drone. Yet, for all it's peculiarities of pitch and microsonic mist, strong melodic lines serve as binding, stiched together, lending poise to noise. ' - Alan Lockett 'The first time I heard this it took me on a total journey and it blew my head off. I couldn't believe how good it was! Concert Silence is the live duo of Matthew Cooper of Eluvium and Charles Buckingham and this album is the first of their manipulated fruits to surface. They're both into live sound manipulation, so this performance was organised and here is the mastered music (it was available for free download but this is new and improved in trifold cardbordy thing artwork). It's quite different for Infraction as the vast majority of the output on the label has been ambient but this is more neo-classical with some weird electronics going on. The album starts with some haunting Harold Budd-esque piano with some micro-electronics hanging around in the background. Then comes a super intense track with loads of amazingly moving strings coupled with some weird distorted off kilter, off the cuff beat which builds and builds until the electronics take over and it goes well mental.... so not what you'd expect but the strings permeate and keep you grounded throughout. The whole album is full of amazing surprises and some astonishing bits of music. The mix of electronics and classical goodness is pitched perfectly. There's an EP of goodness on the way by these guys and I can't wait to hear that. I've been fortunate enough to have scored a copy of this a couple of months ago so the whole thing has really settled with me. I can totally see this appearing on folks end of year lists. A groundbreaking and breathtaking album and one I can't recommend enough!' - Norman Records U.K. '09.22.07' will be issued as a CD [INFX 042] and 2xLP [INFX 042 LP]. The CD will be a 6 panel matte digipak. The 2xLP set will be in a thick Stoughton tip-on style gatefold sleeve, with full color inner sleeves, 180 gram vinyls, and an OBI strip. The D side will feature a vinyl etching. LP is limited to 500 copies, CD version is an edition of 900. Artwork and typography by Jason Evans.

1.1 Part 1
1.2 Part 2
1.3 Part 3
1.4 Part 4
1.5 Part 5
1.6 Part 6

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