Stylistic Alchemies

2018

In this album, expressions that are typically treated as ends, such as a pop songs or acoustic performances of chamber works, become means to a music that is trans- (across and through), poly-(many) and meta- (beyond) genre. The production studio is the vehicle for this work, imparting its forms and techniques upon whatever passes through it. It becomes a laboratory; an assemblage; a pot for a stylistic hodgepodge where elements appear, converse, fuse, isolate, compete to be heard, transform, and influence each other to varying degrees. The album shows the studio as a place where the real and the virtual meet, and illuminates the characteristics of each and interactions between the two.

As a group, these works come from pop, classical, electroacoustic, EDM, experimental, rock, and avant garde traditions. Harmonies move in and out of tonality; rhythms lock into a beat and diffuse into asynchronous clouds; pieces feature verses and choruses as much as discontinuous micro-collages; acoustic instruments stand alongside and blend with buzzy synthesizers. The works combine and juxtapose diverse elements and in doing so exhibit a stylistically-egalitarian musical perspective.

Ravello Records

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