:::EP & Single:::
Ominosities & Strange Hour
Following the Everything & Inbetween album in the spring, summer & autumn flashed by, and now it’s winter once more. Quite unexpectedly, inspiration to write new music came unannounced, as it does, in late October; and a set of solo Piano works were quickly recorded and released as an EP Ominosities. The title conjuring up moods of unsettling moments of eariness and waiting. Music for when you know something is going to happen but you don’t know what and not really when either, just that there is a peculiar feeling.
The music captured is expansive, exploiting the natural sonority of an acoustic piano – an early 1930s John Broadwood, fairly bog-standard and on the edge of being ‘in tune’ enough to use! But needs must. There’s no hanging around in Deltaviolin camp when there is Noise Sound Music to capture. Many lessons of the past teach to act now with whatever is to hand. The pieces were recorded with mobile (iPhone 8SE) and processed on my desktop (Ableton, Live Studio 10), some were also blended with the same performance recorded using a standalone digital recorder (Zoom H2N).
Delightfully, Nightshift Magazine reviewed the finished result from these basic resources as excellent and so-well produced; and befitting the intended nature of this collection, these tracks could easily find themselves in the background on any BBC Nordic noir. Other local press have reviewed it favourably too, describing it as a soothing counterpoint; thoughtful and introspective and a welcome interlude in a deafeningly noisy world (OMS 50th Edition).
a follow up EP, Omniosities was quietly uploaded to bandcamp very recently…
Whilst the EP was being completed, a second bolt out of nowhere came. The inspiration, recording & producing of the follow up Single Divnaya Hodina was completed in nothing more than the instant.
Imagine if you might, the sound of gravel against concrete, ultimately close, against your skin made worse by freezing ground; famine; dehydration and without a speck of sanitation. There’s nothing comfortable in stumbling around, dazed to a point of near blindness, deafness, senses numbed…
There aren’t any words I can add to the purpose of this music, really.
Divnaya Hodina, or Strange Hour is a time on the whole earth, when an orphan is stumbling endlessly searching their mother. The deeply moving music is an original arrangement of music from the Ukraine, for times when there are no reasons to celebrate.
In terms of the recording: here this is made using a 1971 Fender electric violin and a so-called Gand & Bernadel violin, played using a fine old Hill bow & a brand new carbon-fibre Coda “Joule”. The music score was found in a Village Harmony song book. This is a recording of an improvisation playing a traditional violin to a direct transcription of the Village Harmony score, 3 layers of electric violin with an added, unscripted drone!
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