BRIAN HARNETTY – Shawnee, Ohio
Format: DVD-size digipak CD + 20pp booklet / download
Release date: april 26th 2019
“Shawnee, Ohio”, the first album by sonic ethnographer BRIAN HARNETTY on Karl, is an intriguing blend of archive recordings of interviews with residents of that small town and melancholic chamber-folk, performed by his ensemble which features a.o. ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT (ANNA AND ELIZABETH) and PAUL DE JONG (THE BOOKS).
HARNETTY (b. 1973) is an interdisciplinary artist working between
music composition, sound, and socially engaged art. Rooted in sound
archives and the communities connected to them, his body of work
contends that the simple act of listening –– to people, places, and
their pasts –– can transform our futures.
Both a 2018 A Blade of Grass Fellow for Contemplative Practice and a recipient of the 2016 Creative Capital Performing Arts Award, HARNETTY is deeply involved with local issues of Appalachia and the Midwest. He connects sound archives with performance, ecology, and place – an approach for which he was labelled a “sonic ethnographer”. Many of his pieces transform archival material –– including field recordings, transcriptions, and historic recordings –– into newly re-contextualized sound collages. For more than a decade, this has led to projects with archives such as the Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives in Kentucky, the Sun Ra / El Saturn Archives in Chicago, and the Anne Grimes Collection in the Library of Congress. HARNETTY has released four internationally acclaimed albums: “American Winter” (2007), “Silent City” (2009), “The Star-Faced One” (2013, MOJO Magazine’s Underground Album of the Year!), and “Rawhead & Bloodybones” (2015) on Dust-to-Digital, Atavistic, and Scioto Records, and collaborated with reputated musicians like WILL OLDHAM, ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT (ANNA & ELIZABETH), FRED LONBERG-HOLM, and PAUL DE JONG (THE BOOKS).
In the words of BRIAN HARNETTY himself:
„Shawnee, Ohio“ is a sonic portrait––past and present, real and imagined––of a small Appalachian town in the United States. Shawnee emerged as a coal mining town in the 1870s. A century of decline forced businesses and people to leave, and today local residents fight to hold their buildings and community up amid a new “fracking” boom. Despite an uncertain future, these residents continue to work for environmental, economic, and cultural enrichment. Since 2010, I have been visiting and working in Shawnee. I have also been retracing the footsteps of my family, who immigrated there as Welsh coal miners in the nineteenth century.
“Shawnee, Ohio” focuses on eleven portraits of local residents recounting their lives, work, friendships, and deeds. They talk and sing of mining, disasters, underground fires, social life, protest, and hope. They include women and men, are black and white, and are across generations and centuries. Working directly with community members, I use archival samples of their voices and weave them together with my own ensemble, which features PAUL DE JONG (THE BOOKS) and ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT (ANNA AND ELIZABETH). Past and present are tangled together in a haunting world of music, stories, and images.“
AROVANE + PORYA HATAMI – C.H.R.O.N.O.S.
Format: 180gr LP / download
Release date: april 26th 2019
On “C.H.R.O.N.O.S”, their 3rd album on KARL, AROVANE and PORYA HATAMI deliver five delicate ambient pieces, rich in textures and zen-like atmospheres.
After “Organism” (2017) and the musique concrete influenced “Organism_evolution” (2018) UWE ZAHN alias AROVANE and PORYA HATAMI continue their sonic explorations with “C.H.R.O.N.O.S.”, the fifth collaborational album by the German electronic producer and the Iranian sound artist. While the duo’s last album was a collection of 23 mostly short tracks, each an acribic examination of sounds that treated by techniques like modular synthesis, granular synthesis, spectral processing, granular synthesis, resynthesis and resonator / modal synthesis, ““C.H.R.O.N.O.S.” consists of five longer compositions that focus on creating a contemplative, zen-like atmosphere of subtle beauty. Rich in details, carefully sound-designed, AROVANE and PORYA HATAMI prove once more their top notch skills when it’s about creating state of the art contemporary ambient.
Quotes on previous albums:
# Organism (2017)
“an album of fleet, subtle beauty.” The Wire
“some of the subtlest, elusive material in either’s catalogue.” Boomkat
“a dark, mysterious, but extremely detailed sound – as alive and moving as nature’s finest organisms.” Ambientblog.net
# Organism_evolution (2018)
“a soulful high flight, as meaningful as the best works of Biosphere or Oval” Musiquemachine.com