We use cookies on our website to provide you with the best experience. Most of these are essential and already present.
We do require your explicit consent to save your cart and browsing history between visits. Read about cookies we use here.
Your cart and preferences will not be saved if you leave the site.


Best of 2018

Reidemeister Move

Arcanum 17 (book + Cd)

Label: Recital

Format: book + CD

Genre: Experimental

In stock

"Reidemeister Move's Arcanum 17 is a sound novella recorded in 2012 in remote Eastern Quebec. Reidemeister Move is Christopher Williams, a composer and contrabass player who worked with Ben Patterson (amongst an army of other mentors) and Robin Hayward, a microtonal tubist and composer who has performed music written for him by Christian Wolff and Alvin Lucier. Arcanum 17, based on the André Breton novel (1945) of the same name, was co-written by Williams and Charlie Morrow (one may recall that Recital published Morrow's fabulous Toot! Too LP last year (R 041LP, 2017)). Charlie introduced me to Williams in late-2016 (introducing is one of Charlie's specialties). Once I discovered Christopher's association with Fluxus composers and Malcolm Goldstein, I figured our conversations would go late into the night. We did not talk, though. And our first meeting consisted of Christopher sitting me down to play a piece of his music. I was initially turned off by the situation: such a bold gesture from a relative stranger (a bottle of wine and banter would normally be on the menu for such an occasion). We turned the lights to a dim glow in my living room and he played the CD for me all the way through: 45 minutes of hyper-silent listening. I sank into the experience with comfort and ease with the first wash of water from the speakers. Arcanum 17 is paced perfectly: field recordings, whispered narration, and cloudy bass and tuba streams fall in and out of frame with cinematic grace. A transportive phenomenon of an album, it sonically echoes Williams' description of the Breton novel: 'A thick, existential little book, a reckoning of and with everything that brings him here: Canadian wildlife, the morning star, the myth of Melusina, feminism, the French education system, the ecstasy of newfound love. His alchemical blurring of prose and poetry, dream and waking states, natural and psychological landscapes, and past, present and future, brings these topics inimitably together. Always on the cusp of development but never quite.' I now am grateful for the serious listening lesson that Christopher sat me down for: both because the sound piece was beautiful, and as a reminder to treat your art with respect and to not slight the weight of your passions."--Sean McCann, October 2018.
Includes 9″ x 6″ 20-page color pamphlet with photos and program notes. Edition of 200.
Cat. number: Recital 52
Year: 2018

More from Recital

Cloud Shadows
CD | €16.50
Abies Firma
CD | €16.00
A Turn of Breath (2Lp)
LPx2 | €28.00
CD | €16.50
Das Jahr 2020
CD | €16.50
Mother of Pearl
CD | €15.50
Dans le Sable (LP)
LP | €25.90
Jubilee (Lp)
LP | €29.90
Electric Landlady
CD | €14.50
The Crying Space (2CD)
CD x 2 | €19.90
Ionisation (LP+CD)
LP + CD | €24.90
Puck (LP)
LP | €22.90
As Stupid As A Fish (Book + Tape)
Book + Tape | €46.00
Towards A Total Poetry (LP)
LP | €22.90