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RESONANT SPACES ++ / John Butcher
All musicians adapt their playing according to the acoustics of the space they find themselves in.
In 1998 I played solo saxophone in the WW II bunkers at Cape Spear, St. John's, Newfoundland Sound Symposium.
It was the first time that the possibility of really making music for specific and unusual acoustics truly registered with me - along with the heightened importance that atmosphere and other intangibles have when playing in unconventional situations.
In recent years I've been fortunate to have had many opportunities to dig deeper into these possibilities.
Such as at James McGee's The Hill in the West Texas desert and the XVI century LLA in Mexico City.
Built in the late 1920's, Europe's largest disc-type gas holder is almost 120m high and 70m in diameter.
Trägerfrequenz - Tenor Saxophone
RESONANT SPACES TOUR - 2006
An Arika commission to create site-specific pieces in 6 unusual locations in the Orkney Islands and Scotland. Photos.
Sympathetic Magic - Feedback Tenor Sax
Floating Cult - Soprano Saxophone
Sleeve notes | WIRE article
WIRE | Dusted | Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (D)
Point of Departure | soundofmusic (SE)
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OYA STONE MOUNTAIN - Utsonomiya City, Japan
A hollowed out larval mountain, whose green stone has been mined since the 9th century.
It has a 20,000 square metres floor, is 30 metres underground and is very cold.
Second Zizoku - Tenor Saxophone