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File under: Abstract

Peter Zummo

Experimenting With Household Chemicals

Label: XI Records

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

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Experimenting With Household Chemicals' is a 1995 album by the laregly elusive post-minimalist Downtown experimenter Peter Zummo. Whilst possibly best known for his work on classic Arthur Russell recordings, he's been a mainstay of New York's vaunted experimental scene since the the mid-late '70s, but only released three solo albums proper. This is his 2nd, exploring "a trombone-specific method for generating melodic movement, as well as a collection of related, "spinoff" melodic material for ensemble."

It's a beautifully loose and democratic brace of compositions, free-grooving and charmingly unique pieces of flighty, conversational avant-garde which rarely become too challenging and never obtuse, finding the balance between rooted, rolling and jazz-wise groove and unusual, engrossing expression.

Experimenting With Household Chemicals explores a trombone-specific method for generating melodic movement, as well as a collection of related, "spinoff" melodic material for ensemble. This method is a new way of seeing and combining slide and lip movements, so that performance can precisely follow well-defined mental diagrams while generating unexpected melodic material not conditioned by other, more common musical habits.

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File under: Abstract
Cat. number: XI 116
Year: 1995
Zummo's statements are full of witty asides and sly implications | Read more

Where many composers are opting for declarative sentences, hyperbole, and non sequiturs, Zummo's statements are full of witty asides and sly implications; he might mean what he seems to be saying, but you can't be sure

 

- Village Voice
Zummo's music evokes Minimalism that's just getting up in the morning, still rubbing its eyes | Read more

"Zummo's music evokes Minimalism that's just getting up in the morning, still rubbing its eyes; the hard, rational edges and crisp patterns haven't yet come into focus. But while the music sounds relaxed, it also shows a calm, self-effacing intelligence."

- New York Times

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