WHITE CUBE, Bermondsey
Commissioned by London Sinfonietta and Christian Marclay for part of his 2015 WHITE CUBE exhibition.
"John Butcher and the London Sinfonietta performed "Good Liquor Caused my Heart for to Sing", an elegiac piece full of fading, ragged vigour that combined snatches of melodies from drinking songs and music-hall ballads with splintered, abstract sounds, again created using pebbles and empty pint glasses.
Keening and melancholic - and channelling the spirit of an older, gruffer Britain that once stalked the squalid, post-war streets of Soho - it was haunting, dramatic, and shabbily magnificent." - Telegraph.
A live vinyl pressing, with a Marclay cover, is availble from The Vinyl Factory.
WIRE - Richard Pinnell:
To coincide with his Pub Crawl exhibition at the White Cube Gallery erlier this year, Christian Marclay invited musician
friends to create works within the space
that were then recorded live and pressed
to vinyl right there in the gallery using a
mobile pressing plant.
Good Liquor Caused
My Heart For To Sing results from a work
composed by John Butcher, who performed
it alongside members of The London
Aiming to expose and connect
the resonating properties of various spaces,
Butcher set aside his familiar saxophone in
favour of a number of different sized wine
glasses. Into these he placed microphones,
so creating feedback of varying tones that
he then arranged and fed into the vast
gallery, alongside which the classically
trained musicians performed.
feedback tones then jostle with delicate
latticeworks of violin, cello, percussion
and clarinet, all undermined by the rough
and ready vinyl pressing itself to create a
peculiar but oddly satisfying work that feels
a bit like trying to listen to competing and
contrasting concerts held down the hallway
from where you are stood.