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ARTIST
TITLE
Emo
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
SIGMA 009 SIGMA 009
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RELEASE DATE
6/25/2001

"This CD is David Haines' second full-length release on Sigma Editions, following his 1999 release Blither. It is comprised of three monumental yet subtle pieces of music, each aptly named after a rock formation or mountain -- Kosciosko, Peak Communism, and Gibraltar, respectively. The three pieces together represent a kind of modern ecstatic dervish music in homage to the benign, unyielding immensity of such isolated and isolating ascensions. They embody both fullness of exaltation and poverty -- poverty in the sense of a restricted means, a limitation of movement, a minimalist form. In half-light objects have the appearance that they are amorphous, multiple outlines and contours forever manifesting themselves. In this music there lies a similar quality. On first listening one might wish to identify a singular source of instrumentation for the music. Are its origins in the piano? strings? horns? harmonium? accordian? or an oscillator? One soon comes to understand that such a singular location is beside the point, that there isn't necessarily one dominant timbre, that the work lies within a shadowland between signal and feedback, and lays open an immense transparency: like a gauzy and radiant fabric of diaphanous folds, fine and translucent, so that behind one tonal layer and its timbre lies veiled another, if not another again; thus creating overall a very tumultuous, protean drone. Within this there exists at least three separate levels or planes of action, perhaps most apparent in Kosciosko -- very low, middle ground, very high -- of which the higher, by nature of frequency, is projected far out into listening space. These are subtle emanations, abuzz with electric charge which tend to coalesce in the ear as random whispers of melody, over and above the main foundations. Despite the live randomness of these three pieces, cycles and patterns are discernible. Some of the rotations are long and tidal, others short and idiosyncratic like eddying whirlpools on the edges of a river. The rhythms are various but often obscure as one process of sequencing is masked, accentuated or cancelled out by the interference of another oscillation pattern. This system of pattern-making and manipulation is intrinsic to the creation of these compositions, however its complexity is hidden by the fact that the note relations are close and dissonant and the layering dense. In Blither what remained as disparate elements of 'classical' piano configurations coupled with an overlay of electronic effect has in Emo become an intrinsic, organic whole, one that has done away with the constructs of a stasis through repetition, replacing it with a stability of constant change. For this reason the music aligns itself by analogy with the potent activity of the natural world, perhaps like the imagined sounds of a convalescing forest, a crystal forming, or a mountain amidst arresting winds. In a contemporary musical climate where software has come to drive the very latest of effects, often for effects sake, Haines has carefully integrated a process of effect into a more traditional arcane musical form, so that such a process works as a force equal to that of any other; in other words it becomes instrumental. A change has taken place in Haines' composition as a result of such an integration. What the nature of this change is exactly remains a matter of subjective perception. What happens within oneself when one integrates previously unconscious contents with the consciousness is something which can scarcely be described by words. It can only be experienced." -- Torben Tilly