Ben Owen
Birds and Water, 4

The third entry in Ben Owen‘s Birds and Water series of recordings. As with Birds and Water, 1 (NTR018), these two sidelong electronic drones reflect Owen’s typically rigorous compositional choices. They display remarkably disparate, rich textures and are extremely immersive, especially when played loud and/or on headphones. Owen once again displays an ability to invite multiple levels of reaction to deceptively complex timbres, ranging from meditative to oppressive.

“The third release of recordings made on residency with The Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY during May 2010. The Birds and Water series is my main body of work created at ETC. The work and title is influenced from the birds that hovered as dusk approaches over the Susquehanna River, which borders the residency building, seen from the third floor windows.

The recordings are both sound and sound and image based pieces using David Jones’ image processing system. ETC expanded operations in 1974 with the first Jones Colorizer, and in 1975 with a set of keyers, a multi-input sync-able sequencer and a bank of oscillators, all designed and constructed by David Jones. Numerous patches and variations of each were recorded in extended durations. Both recordings are presented with edits only to their original duration.

Continued thanks to Hank Rudolph, Sherry and Ralph Hocking, Justin Lincoln, Giuseppe Ielasi, Denis Shapovalov, Evan Lindorff-Ellery and Travis Bird.”
Ben Owen,
November 2014

– Professionally duplicated edition of 100 on Chrome plus tape stock
– Artwork by E. Lindorff-Ellery
– Letterpress printed by John Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Letterpress, New Orleans, LA

Streaming audio can be heard here.

Brian Olewnick / Just Outside
Frans de Waard / Vital Weekly
Guillaume Belhomme / Le Son du Grisli (See Travis Bird’s translation here.)
Infinite Grain (Miguel Isaza)
Garrison Heck / Cassette Gods
Paul Margee / We Need No Swords
Byron Coley / The Wire

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