Bands of tin are wrapped around the tongue keys of a thumb piano, a metal rattle is inserted info the end of a string instrument, a gut cord is strung across the skin of a drum: from pre-history to today musican-healers have used these and other methods to complexify the sound of their instruments in order to create a parallel "shadow line" of sound. These rhythm overtones are sometimes called "the voice of the ancestors" and are linked to the transcendent quality of the music.
With similar intent, contemporary technologies were employed in this recording using a creative process of compositional expansion. Electronic processing was applied to the performances so as to generate new rhythms. These added layers of rhythm were designed to become additional voices which move in, out and through the acoustically played Signal Rhythms and Ostinatos of Circularity.
Another intention was to create a kind of sonic masking. In many cultures performers put on masks to transform her or himself into a transcendent/mythic other. Here, sonic masking moves us beyond the familiar and ordinary. We no longer need to hear, for example, a soprano sax as simply itself; the transformed sound expands us into the mysterious and extra-ordinary. This is because, transformed, the linguistic aspect of each instrumental voice is brought more into focus. We can listen with an ear oriented less towards any preconception of virtuosity and more towards the artists' intention of storytelling, song and dialogue.
Processing the sounds of the instruments invites them to resonate into space and creates a shadow world of harmonic colors. As the music unfolds, each instrumental voice sings into this space adding to the dance of orchestration and form.
released May 1, 2020
Adam Rudolph - membranophones (fingers and hands) idiophones, chordophones, overtone singing electronic processing
Ralph M. Jones - aerophones, voice
Hamid Drake - membranophones (sticks and hands), idiophones, voice
Music spontaneously composed by Ralph M. Jones, Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake
Organic arrangements, orchestrations and electronic processing by Adam Rudolph
Migration Music BMI, Bumoch Music ASCAP and Smiling Forehead Music BMI
Recorded by Greg DiCrosta on Sept 21, 2018 at Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT
Mixed & Mastered by James Dellatacoma at Orange Music Sound Studio NJ
Liner notes by Adam Rudolph
Cover Art by Nancy Jackson
Design by Sylvain Leroux
Produced by Adam Rudolph
Thanks to Mtume, Bill Laswell, Mas Yamagata, Norma Argenti, Nick Lloyd & the staff at Firehouse 12
Dedicated to Brother Yusef Lateef, and to our dear families: Those here, those gone, and those still to come.