Drone Records
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Format: CD-R
Label & Cat.Number: Attenuation Circuit AC 1001
Release Year: 2010
Note: microtonal layers of drones based on organ, harmonium & voice sounds intertwine with various at times obscure field recordings & found sounds, inspired by PHILL NIBLOCK and using sounds from JOHN CAGES organ piece performed in Halberstadt (the world slowest & longest piece, being performed since 2001); unlimited standard edition
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"ACL 1001: Limited edition of 50 in hand-painted unique packaging
AC 1001: Unlimited edition in plastic sleeve

This drone project combines microtonal layering (inspired by Phill Niblock) of organ, harmonium, and voice sounds with field recordings and creates aural textures combining brooding atmospheres and minimalist audio conceptualism.

The five tracks are dominated by layers of long tones and extensive sheets of sound which at first appear as static as sound sculptures before one becomes aware of the microtonal goings-on beneath the surface. Hence the project name which not only refers to the sustained character of the tones, but also to the implied process of listening. Inspired by the so-called John Cage Organ in the German town of Halberstadt, on which the worlds longest (and slowest) piece of music started being performed in 2001 (samples of the performance can be heard on the album), as well as by the compositional methods of Phill Niblock (see the liner notes of the limited edition for more information on the conceptual background), Sustained Development is an attempt to approach the concept of the drone thorugh a variety of means including layering of instrumental sounds, digital stretching of recordings, and collage. Free jazz musician and audio artist Hartmut Geerken describes it as a special kind of experience to dive into the thrilling and exciting drones in which more goes than one might think at first. While listening, I had a brief visit from La Monte and my old friends, the Dagar Brothers; at full volume, I was worried my almost 40-year-old speakers might break, and the whole thing was concluded by cut-ups I quite liked. " [label info]