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.
Special 10% discount on all in stock items until Sunday at midnight!

Christopher Poovey

Vessels: Spellbook in the House of Hearts (CDr)

Label: Sawyer Editions

Format: CDr, Handmade

Genre: Experimental

In stock

Songs from Vessels: Spellbook in the House of Hearts is a collection of songs from my VR micro-opera cycle Vessels. Each song is a kind of evocative painting, intertwining technology with the sensual, the poetic, and the eerie. Spells 37 and 25, depict a gramophone with a spider at its base and a snake as the speaker.

*Limited Edition Handmade CDR* Interactive electronics reacting to timbre and amplitude emphasize stark and unsettling sounds from the tenor, stressing the sinister and foreboding quality of the spider. The snake, meanwhile, floats ethereally through a dynamic mesh functioning as reverb and chorus, blurring the lines between the two like smoke drifting through an empty bar. Spell 76 evokes a pen cascading a river of ink representing the flow of ideas; granular sampling pulls ideas from the beginning in a current flowing through the end, pulling fragmented memories of the instrumental timbres into the present and stirring them into both real and synthetic water sounds. This emphasizes the friction of writing as a creative process that stems the tide of the artist’s ideas into a crystalline entity- an imperfect and beautiful distillation represented by the frozen timbres of the voice, flute, and viola. Spell 14 is a look into a mutoscope, a machine playing a short, “scandalous” film that frames a dancing woman as an object of desire. This song frees the woman, contrasting the mechanical and cold nature of the mutoscope with the woman’s own desire and longing for something real. 

Limited Edition CDR in Cardboard String Sleeve with Liner Notes and album art.

Cat. number: SE011
Year: 2023

Limited Edition Handmade CDR in Cardboard String Sleeve with Liner Notes and album art.