The Antripodean Collective's NTRPDN
TRUMPETER Scott Tinkler irritates when, on this second Collective outing with this line-up, he lapses into familiar patterns that verge on exercises. But he also elevates, inspires awe and is often bloody magnificent.
Violinist John Rodgers frequently unifies. On piano Marc Hannaford comforts, excites and makes the fragmentary whole. When Ken Edie‘s drums intervene, it is always apt.
Influenced by the work of American composer Elliott Carter, this entirely unscripted music emerges from the performers’ shared language. The journey is remarkably cohesive, but they don’t try to guess its destination.
Any “flat spots” are easily outweighed by experiencing the energy of raw creation, unedited and unplanned.
File between: Lost and Found, Roil
Download: Track #1, Track #2
This review was published in the Play liftout, Sunday Herald Sun on November 21, 2010.
THE challenge of this solo double bass outing is to put aside expectations and be led into Majkowski’s “sound world”, focusing on the rich auditory experience rather than hoping for harmony or melody. The absence of these “distractions” allows us to really listen to each sound, fully experiencing its vivid intensity.
The sonic array is mesmerising, even meditative as Majkowski experiments with pizzicato, bow, his voice, prepared bass, and, on the title track, six hours of takes edited as overdubs to form a 20-minute piece.
What he produces is the key, not how it’s done. In Current, pauses between notes create expectancy that gradually dissolves as we focus on the timbre of notes Majkowski creates by smearing his hand over the timber instrument. The resonance is wonderful.
File between: Roil, Antripodean Collective
Download: Foam and Straw
Review published previously in Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne