May 31st, 2012 | Published in Blog
June sees yet another batch of must-have releases from Another Timbre, a label that’s dented my wallet like no other before or since. First up there’s the above, described on the AT YouTube page as follows:
“Extract from ‘Chantier 1’ – a CD by Pascal Battus, Bertrand Gauguet and Eric La Casa. The CD documents music made at a working building site in Paris. The musicians played alongside construction workers in a situation that obviously affected the music. Pascal Battus played rotating surfaces and found objects, Bertrand Gauguet played saxophones and effects, and the whole was recorded by Eric La Casa. Months later the musicians met again in a studio in Paris and created a music out of their memories of their experiences at the building site. The studio pieces are the first two tracks on the disc, and the other five tracks are from the building site itself. The album was released in June 2012.”
Then there’s the below, an “extract from ‘moraine’ by Angharad Davies (violin), Tisha Mukarji (piano) and Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga (zither) – one of three improvisations on the 2012 CD ‘Outwash’, recorded in a church in the City of London, December 2011.” There are five June releases in total, but these two in particular highlight a lot of what I love about the label, showcasing incredible instrumental sensitivity and recording virtuosity, brilliantly capturing the moments at which timbral detail destabilises into noise and silence (and continuing to make John Cage’s case that those two seeming opposites are actually the same thing).