4 New Pre-Orders
As this post’s title tells you, I have four new pre-orders ready for purchase. Here are a few releases coming up on Focused Silence, the Experimental label based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The roll-call includes Free-Jazz from Tantric Doctors, Experimental Ambient from Silhouette Sect, Electro-Acoustic // Jazz-type stuff from Hervé Perez and a long-form drone, one-track album by label regular, Total E.T. – there is something for everyone, really.
Tantric Doctors – “Happy Primes”
Released 19th April 2019
Tantric Doctors is a one-man Free-Jazz outfit. “Happy Primes” is an album of live interactive pieces for digital piano duet and sequencer set to live parameter changes: a modern homage to Conlon Nancarrow.
Nancarrow used player-pianos to write and perform music that was beyond the range of Human performers – the pieces were not made for Humans. As with Nancarrow, Tantric Doctors have used the technology of the time to make laser precise music for Piano that is out of the range of biological players.
Silhouette Sect – “The Static Context”
Released 26th April 2019
As customers who bought Silhouette Sect’s debut, Metahope, will be aware – there is a grace and dignity with which the artist behind Silhouette Sect conducts his affairs. You will be pleased to know that the ‘lightest of touches’ continues with this release, The Static Context.
Sweeping vistas open with the start of the album until you are pulled in to a personal world of intrigue and delight.
Al Tanner is the man behind Silhouette Sect. Living in the South West of the UK, Al finds his profile growing as he gigs in his hometown of Bristol. A well-known face on the experimental ambient scene, I hope Silhouette Sect makes Focused Silence his home.
With this release Al wanted to indulge in some personal presentation, mounting the CDs with photography by the artist. I wanted to make CDs accessible and sub-£10, and we have been able to do that. We hope this CD can bookmark the coming and going of events in life.
Hervé Perez – “Imploding Stars”
Released 3rd May 2019
An improviser & sound and visual artist, Hervé performs spontaneous compositions with saxophones and laptop, using processed field recordings.
His work is influenced by practices such as jazz, electro-acoustic, contemporary music, experimental electronics, free improvisation, immersive sound art and techniques of sound therapy.
With his research, Hervé approaches sound as vibration, the relation between sound and objects or spaces, architecture and the body. Hervé’s use of field recordings is concerned with frequencies and harmonic relationships found in nature. how they relate to the real, physical world, and how the sounds of natural elements connect to our experience.
When playing the saxophone, Hervé focuses on extended techniques and abstract peripheral sounds structural to the instrument as a physical resonant object – although he has been known to play melodies at times …
Total E.T. – “P.A.S.T.”
Released 17th May 2019
The final part in Total E.T.’s Cosmic Trilogy. For people who have purchased the previous two, they will know what to expect; long-form drone with a dash of Space Isolationism. “P.A.S.T.” is an acronym of “Paranoically Assumed Sound Tunnel” – but what of the Space Isolationism?
Due to a personal battle that nearly cost the man his soul, Total E.T. sees himself as an alien. An alien documenting Earth’s day-to-day existence – reporting back home. He is a marooned extra-terrestrial on Earth and he is pining for his mother-planet. He creates his music to tell his story on Earth, to document life here. Warts and all.