Year 1949, Harry Partch – leaving for Gualala. Old smithy on a cliff, an isolated recording studio, breeding of a troop of small creatures called „Eleven Intrusions” – perhaps one of the first cosmopolitan reinventions of American native music.
Populista BR POP 08: Ten Intrusions
Voice by Pete Simonelli
Guitar by David Grubbs
Organ by David Maranha
Percussion by Andrea Belfi
1. The Rose
2. The Crane
3. First Intrusion
4. The Waterfall
5. The Wind
6. The Street
8. Second Intrusion
9. Soldiers-War-Another War
Selection of texts follows that of Harry Partch’s „Eleven Intrusions”
Texts by Ella Young, Ella Young and Lao Tzu, Tsurayuki, Willard Motley, George Leite, Giuseppe Ungaretti
Music by Andrea Belfi, David Grubbs, David Maranha and Pete Simonelli
All music premiered and recorded at Playback Play 2012 in Powiększenie
POP 08, 09: mixed and mastered by The Norman Conquest,
POP 07: edited and mixed by DJ Lenar and Michał Libera, mastered by The Norman Conquest
Produced by Michał Libera
Artwork by Aleksandra Waliszewska
Layout by Piotrek Bukowski
Published by Bôłt Records
Distributed worldwide by Monotype Records
Distributed in Poland by Bęc Zmiana
Three takes on America – three journeys and three documents. Written and recorded.
Year 1939, John A. Lomax and Ruby T. Lomax in their Plymouth – going South. 6502 miles, tons of audio recordings and a diary where the voices of South and the report on the voices of South become barely distinguishable.
Finally, just recently, an anonymous quest for vanishing – say north of Highway 15 and West of Baker. Online manual.
All three documents were approached by musicians who met in Warsaw for Playback Play 2012 – a week long series of rehearsals and performances. And then put together to form – what exactly? A historiosophical narrative in music arrangements? A distant mirage of something we have already heard somewhere? Three images of America facing each other?