Fang Bomb, UK
For In the Company of Architects, their second album, The Cray Twins’ Paul Baran and Gordon Kennedy has assembled a virtual collective of musicians and sound artists, collaborating with only selective access to the contributions of others, and to the whole.
The core duo of The Cray Twins take on the role of directors, composers and assemblers, in the process amplifying not only the performance of the collective, but also natural and artificial interferences, incorporating accidental sound sources encountered when arranging the album.
Starting with the almost 40 minute long title track, In the Company of Architects slowly unfolds into a dense exploration of stratified sound. The result is a fascinating piece of acousmatic music; a mix of phonography and distortion, improvisation and unnerving silence, time, tension and release.
Minimal but not minimal.
01. In the Company of Architects (38:10)
02. The Absence of Architects (05:42)
03. Anarchitects (12:25)
Paul Baran: Electronics, chapel organ, samples, buchla
Gordon Kennedy: Electronics, organ, mellotron, samples, keys
Ryoko Akama: Modular synthesizer
Werner Dafeldecker: Guitar
Bruno Duplant: Chimes
Sergio Merce: Microtonal saxophone
Antoine Beuger: Flute
Kai Fagaschinski: Bass clarinet
Jessica Evelyn: Spoken word
Lavinia Blackwall: Soprano