The electroacoustic percussion boards are high-grade 3/4” plywood sheets of various sizes, with sound making devices attached, such as threaded steel rods, bronze rods, wires, nails, springs, textures surfaces and more. These attachments are then struck, scraped, plucked, strummed, rubbed or bowed with small implements like wood stick mallets, knitting needles, combs, guitar picks, small violin bows etcetera.
Space plates are – according, again, to the booklet – stainless steel sheets to which are welded different lengths of bronze brazing rods, arranged in curved rows symmetrically related to facilitate two-handed bowing of the rods. The rods rest on inflated balloons in small buckets. The elasticity of the balloons and the sympathetic response of the rods create a rich, resonant sound.
Balloon/slap drums are 2,5” PVC pipes och different lengths. Some have balloon membrane heads and others cardboard heads which flap loosely against the end of the tubes and slap the openings when struck, causing a biting pitch that is a harmonic on the tube. Each set of drums has 26 different tube lengths, i.e. 26 differently pitched drums! In this recording two sets were used.
The applause at the end reminds you that this indeed has been a live performance, which makes the magnificent result even more baffling. You would have thought, for sure, that these pieces were thought out and recorded many times before the final result on CD was ready, but everything is, indeed, live! Great music! Great sounds!"
- Excepts from a review by Ingvar Loco Nordin, Sonoloco
released February 1, 1998
Doug Carroll - sonic ray
Ted Dutcher - techphonic plate 2
Glen Engstrand- north star
Jim Hearon - crustacean
Ed Herrmann - t-rodimba
Gary Knowlton - techphonic plate 1
Mihai Manoliu - bug
Lisa Moskow - 11 trees
Vinny Nicastro - t-rodimba
Tom Nunn - original instruments
Randy Porter - bug
Garth Powell - beetle
Moe! Staiano - techphonic plate 1 / drums
Peter Valsamis - techphonic plate 2 / drums
William Winant - crab
Edgetone Records is place for new music crossing the genre boundaries. Founded by musician/producer, Rent Romus, the label
took shape in 1991. After being on a long hiatus Rent re-opened Edgetone in January 2000 and expanded it to support D.I.Y. (do it yourself) artists looking for a ground base and community label identity....more
The mallet percussionist and improviser's solo debut is flush with nostalgic melodies and stirring dissonances—a rich, experimental universe well worth exploring. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 15, 2021