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David Watson

Fingering An Idea

Label: XI Records

Format: CDx2

Genre: Compositional

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Disc 1: Dexter Music for highland bagpipes. Highland bagpipes: David Watson, Matthew Welch, Michael Mahoney, Brendan O'Rourke, Rob Brazius & Richard Baughman. Disc 2: Sinister - Music for acoustic and electric guitars performed by David Watson. " "Fingering an Idea" (a phrase pulled from a Chris Mann piece) resulted from a Phill Niblock invitation to make a double CD for bagpipe and guitar. A bagpipe CD is a particular challenge. A high beam spatial explorer, it is the kind of unstable phenomena that is hard to enjoyably reproduce on your stereo player. The first pipe recording session was an ensemble piece, the score including walks around the concert hall. The second, a solo multi-track session. The third with Rob Ramirez, recorded material was played back in the concert hall through an eight-channel MSP patch. A carnival of colliding pans, exits and entrances, re-recorded for stereo. For "Sinister", an old cassette recorded at Amica Bunker was the original germ. A sequence
  of re-tuning and de-stringing, starting with six strings pitched across a whole-tone and ending with an improvisation on one string. This old piece was dusted off and reworked through an image of bell-ringing, another outdoors vernacular." David Watson

Details
Cat. number: XI 132
Year: 2007
Notes:
Tracks 1-1, 1-2, 1-4, 1-7 recorded at Brooklyn College, NY, 2004. Tracks 1-1, 1-3, 1-5, 1-7 recorded at Park West, NY, 2004. Tracks 1-6, 1-8 playback and re-recording NY, 2005. Tracks 2-1 to 2-8: original cassette recording: AMICA Bunker, NY, 1987 electric guitar recordings: Nightshift, New Zealand, 2005. acoustic guitar recordings: Park West, NY, 2005. For Sinister, an old cassette recorded at AMICA Bunker, NY in 1987 was the original germ, then re-worked.

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