LULLABIES AND PROTEST SONGS

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LULLABIES AND PROTEST SONGS

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Ted Coffey

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Mr. Coffey writes: Lullabies & Protest Songs, Vol. 1 is a collection of five pieces for found and made instruments, voice, recordings of natural environments, and electronic sound. All but the first were premiered as instrumental pieces featuring real-time computer processing of acoustic sound, with fixed electronic elements diffused live. On this disc, some performances have received additional treatments in the studio. The approach to material and form is inspired by assemblage in the visual arts, a key example for me being Rauschenberg s combines of the 1950 s. The music, to riff on Monk, is in search of the right wrong materials, in the right wrong proportions. As it moves from monolithic minimalism to dense, highly structured, kinetic moments to folk song, the disposition of the next scene can be unpredictable. At the same time, the music is unified by acute attention to sonic detail, an idiosyncratic but ultimately reliable syntax, and an overall vibe. My hope is that, with a little use, these compositions turn out to be formal primitives.

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