Echoic Enchantment - 52CD

by Martin Archer & Bo Meson

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"It’s an astonishing and unusual triumph." – ED PINSENT, SOUND PROJECTOR


This music was realised variously between summer 2013 and spring 2015. Echoic Enchantment (57 min) was realised at various times between summer 2013 and spring 2015.

I’d recorded Bo’s performance poetry group O.D.D reading Echoic Enchantment in early 2014, and I knew straight away that I wanted to make a music arrangement, although at the time I never imagined that it would turn out to be such a large scale piece.

I began with the four percussionists, who perform a series of directed improvisations which I edited and collaged. Bo placed the voices therein to produce a skeleton structure. I built the rest of the arrangement round that core, following a palindromic form:

Introduction – double bass : Strings build – voices #1 - string sequence of chords - strings dissipate : Clarinet, piano and double bass #1 : Central section for treated voices and viola bookended by restatement of chords – voices #2 : Clarinet, piano and double bass #2 : Strings build - string sequence of chords – voices #3 - strings dissipate : Coda - piano

This structure tends to be disguised by the sequential movement flow from area to area by the four percussionists, also by overlaps of the other material. For ease of reference the CD is divided into ten tracks at strategic points.

Although the improvisation skills of all the players are at the heart of this music, the double bass and piano parts in the introduction and coda respectively are based on text instructions plus some simple ideas based on the rhythms of the voices, and both players improvise their parts in the two featured sections by reference to a single page score which provides five miniatures and melodies which can be referenced at any time. The clarinet part is through written. Viola plays a double tracked free improvisation in the central section.

Bo arranged and produced the voices and also re-pitched some of the string parts. I made the remainder of the arrangement and treatments, and produced the final mix.

credits

released April 29, 2015

Music arrangement – Martin Archer
Text and vocal arrangement – Bo Meson

Peter Fairclough – percussion
Steve Dinsdale – percussion
Johnny Hunter – percussion
Walt Shaw – percussion

Philip Thomas – prepared piano
Simon H Fell – double bass

Paul Schatzberger – violin
Aby Vulliamy – viola
Angela Rosenfeld – cello

Wolfgang Seel – voice
Julie Archer – voice
Liz Searle – voice
Bo Meson – voice, electronic treatments

Martin Archer – clarinet, organ & electronics

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Discus Music was founded in 1994 by Martin Archer and Mick Beck, and is the CD imprint for their many and various projects, plus those of selected colleagues. Limited in its scope only by the imagination of the artists, the sounds to be found on the label vary between electronic rock music, free jazz, extended songform, improvised music, and other releases which simply cannot be categorised. ... more

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