Cursory Asperses

by Celer

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01 Cursory Asperses (In 8 Parts) 57:58
Natatorial Swings
The Languid Progeny of Low-Flying Birds
A Soupcon of Self-Doubt in a Pannus Cloud
Superannuated Blinks of a Otherwise Forgotten Pond
The Peregrine Birders of Phantom Forests
Laggardly Filling In The Past
The Impotence of Decelerated Self-Importance
Epigone Bygones

Will & Danielle - Piano, Strings, Voice, Bells, Theremin, Whistle,
Field Recordings
All words by Danielle
Sincere Thanks to Ryo Nakata

Press Release:
Cursory Asperses is a series of pieces based around the single concept of slow movement. Throughout the process of composing and mixing, we kept in mind, and based everything on the form of certain field recordings, made at an isolated stream in the woods, of the slow trickle of the water, and of laundry hanging on cords in the backyard, flapping softly in the wind. While combining these field recordings with recordings of instruments, we mixed them into a more whole form of slow movement, with delicate, thin layers, but which we also intend to display our ideas interpreting the soft nature of Slow Flow.

With still purpose:
These are minds, lapping and skirling - Full but derived - errant streams gathering in transpicuous pockets of the shore.

Celer's propensity for subliminal sound sculpting migrates to an even more unconscious level with Cursory Asperses. Though eight parts compose the work (the sections given prototypical Celer titles such as “A Soupcon of Self-Doubt in a Pannus Cloud,” “Epigone Bygones,” and “The Peregrine Birders of Phantom Forests”), it unfolds as an uninterrupted, hour-long conceptual exercise in slow movement. This time around, Will Thomas and Danielle Baquet-Long merged specific field recordings—a stream in the woods, the slow trickle of water, laundry hanging on a clothesline, flapping softly in the wind—with recordings of instruments (piano, strings, bells, theremin, whistle), and then shaped the whole into a softly drifting stream of high- and low-pitched tones. Words such as sub-lunar and sub-aquatic convey some hint of the depths to which the tranquil material plunges but, when its whistling wisps are so fragile and tenuous they feel like they're constantly on the verge of fading away, one word captures the essence of the recording better than any other—evanescent. Issued on Ryo Nakata's (ryonkt) Sapporo, Japan-based Slow Flow label, Cursory Asperses is an understated work by a group already known for exhibiting an exceptionally well-calibrated sensitivity to understatement in its productions. [reviewed by textura]


released December 1, 2008



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