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Lapslap - Itch  

2016-09-15 22:46:15|  分类: Free Improvisati |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Artist: Lapslap
Album: Itch
Genre:  Free Improvisation, Electroacoustic
Label: Leo Records
Quality: FLAC
Recording Date: 2007


It is not a surprise for an improvising group to integrate computers and instruments in its music; since the turn of the millennium, that has almost become the norm. Neither is it unusual for a group's music to combine elements of contemporary composition, free jazz and improv. In both respects, Lapslap ticks all the boxes; what is remarkable about this threesome is the verve and imagination with which they manage it. Based in Edinburgh, Lapslap consists of the English-born Michael Edwards on tenor saxophone, computer and midi wind controller, Martin Parker on French horn and computer, and Austrian-born Karin Schistek on piano. The group "grew out of a desire to make well-formed music in real-time using computers and instruments."
The albums Itch and Scratch were both recorded at the Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh, from 7th to 9th September 2007. Itch was released in autumn 2008, followed by Scratch in spring 2009. There are many similarities between the two, including their complementary titles, and monochrome visual style; they are best considered as two different parts of a double album. As if to reinforce the link, Itch contains a track entitled "Scratchy," while Scratch contains a track entitled "Itchy." (Hmmm, "Itchy" and "Scratchy." Maybe these guys are fans of The Simpsons?)
Lapslap's first release is a showcase of the breadth and range of their music, particularly their use of electronics. None of the ten pieces is long and only one—"Spoons"—features all three instruments together without computers; it reveals the trio to be a creative improvising environment in which no instrument dominates but where there are ever-shifting collaborations between the players, creating a kaleidoscopic effect. The piece features effective metallic percussive effects that are not obviously attributable to any of the credited instruments—maybe these are the spoons of the title? This piece may leave you wanting to hear the trio improvising together for longer than its four minutes. The sound of the Reid Hall is richly resonant and is captured in great detail by the recording.
The other pieces all feature computers; three feature tenor sax plus piano plus computer; the rest feature a lone instrument plus one computer or more. Edwards and Parker both have a history in computer manipulation of instruments, as evidenced by Parker's use of "reactive sound environment" on "Not Cheddar But." As ever when computers are deployed in this way, their use raises more questions than it answers; to fully understand what one is hearing, a full (and doubtless quite lengthy) explanation of their role would be useful. Based on the aural evidence of "Not Cheddar But," the computer seems to create a background drone which is not obviously "reactive" but certainly contributes to the piece's laid back ambience. Here as elsewhere, Edwards on tenor saxophone impresses with a rich tone plus keen melodic instincts on a slowly unfolding solo. The only track that belies this impression of the saxophonist is "Honk," which largely showcases Schistek's fractured piano punctuated by occasional loud contrasting blasts (honks, indeed) from Edwards.
Just as surprising is "Hungry," on which the use of two computers subsumes the solo piano into an industrial blast of metallic percussive noise and glitches. The piano gamely fights its way to the surface to recapture the limelight with an appropriately percussive display of block chording offset by finer detailed soloing. - John Eyles, AAJ

Michael Edwards: tenor sax (1,2,5,7,9), computer (3,6,8,10), MIDI wind controller (3), table with keys (6)
Karin Schistek: piano (1,2,4,5,6,8,9,10)
Martin Parker: reactive sound environment (1), french horn (2,3), computer (4,5,6,7,9,10)

1. Not Cheddar But 4:42
2. Spoons 4:13
3. Sloppy Lips 4:31
4. Nailed 3:37
5. Honk 4:05
6. Hungry 8:34
7. Schweigen 3:31
8. Scratchy 5:59
9. Motor Mouth 5:31
10. Rhapsody In Light Yellow 6:21
Recorded 7-9 September 2007, Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh

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