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New Canadiana :: field //// – field ////


The matter of field //// is one of a boundless journey, once you subtract the quartet’s self-imposed limitations. On each of their “compositions,” instrument changes are predetermined to the second. Tone, technique and motifs are not. Soon, the four grown men of field //// (including members of Philia, Auntie Dada and Mahogany Frog) are flying and fooling alongside one another, collectively passing through the timer, never to return to the sonic combinations which made you wince or pause to deliberate. Projections of Charles Ives and AIDS Wolf watch overhead, detached. A performance of “Enfolded Origins” will never again have pulsing keys fading into deadened jungle drumming, but will always end with the buzzer at 16 minutes and 13 seconds, bringing the arranged freeform quartet back to earth and the big, open stages they often play.

La question de field //// en est une de voyage sans borne, une fois les limites auto-imposées par le quatuor retirées. Sur chacune de leurs « compositions », les changements d’instruments sont prédéterminés à la seconde près. La tonalité, la technique et les motifs ne le sont pas. Donc, rapidement, les quatre hommes de field //// (incluant des membres de Philia, Auntie Dada et Mahogany Frog) s’envolent et jouent l’un à côté de l’autre, passant collectivement le temps sans jamais retourner aux combinaisons sonores qui vous ont fait tressaillir ou arrêter pour réfléchir. Des manifestations de Charles Ives et de AIDS Wolf observent avec détachement. Une performance de « Enfolded Origins » n’aura jamais plus la pulsation des claviers qui se dissipent en laissant place aux rythmes tropicaux feutrés, mais se terminera toujours avec la sonnerie à 16 minutes 13 secondes, ramenant le quatuor de freeform arrangé sur terre, sur les grandes scènes ouvertes sur lesquelles ils se produisent souvent.

field //// – Frankenstein Movements

field //// – Untitled

New Canadiana :: Philia – Arma Tribute 1. and 5 Pieces

Philia - Arma Tribute 1. and 5 Pieces
Not all of us can take the trip that is the Assiniboine Music Armada, canoeing from Brandon to Winnipeg with psych-folk band Twin to communities through wilderness, but some can certainly admire the spirit, for those of us who believe in spirits anyhow. Phantom embodied, Greg Hanec’s tribute to the tour (performed and recorded at Twin’s return show to Winnipeg) plays like an NFB nature doc — expansive, quiet stretches, sounds of water splashing, and birds chirping — accompanied by Philia’s concentrated atonal arsenal. Elsewhere, he’s making music out of whatever he can get his hands on: cello samples, the open back of a piano, and his own field recordings of a bus door opening and closing. What’s at play is what usually isn’t played, and the subdued floats on down, up, and by.

[audio:http://weirdcanada.com/binary/Weird_Canada-Philia-arma.mp3|titles=Philia – Arma Tribute 1] Philia – Arma Tribute 1
[audio:http://weirdcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/02-Cellogroove.mp3|titles=Philia – Cellogroove] Philia – Cellogroove