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KELLEY, GREG / OLIVIA BLOCK - Resolution

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Erstwhile Records erstwhile 063
Release Year: 2011
Note: the great OLIVIA BLOCK here in collaboration with trumpet player GREG KELLEY - a very "concrete" microsound journey mixing field recordings and instrumental sounds
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"Greg Kelley, trumpet. Olivia Block, electronics, piano. Recorded at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago in August 2010. A great mix of instrumental and field recordings." [label info]


"Its been quiet from the side of Olivia Block, well or so it seems. Its always nice to hear a new work by her. Here she teams up with trumpet player Greg Kelley, while Block takes credit for electronics and piano. I am not entirely sure, but somehow I don't think this is a work from a concert situation, but rather a studio based effort. I am not entirely sure. This is music with a lot of tension, carefully build and quiet. Electro-acoustic music meeting improvisation and modern classical music. Sometimes it seems as if everything melts together, piano, trumpet, electronics (field recordings perhaps) and make a blurry low resolution picture, to stay in some sort of reference with the title, like a camera being out of focus. But then the lens is being adjusted and we hear clearly a trumpet, piano, electronics and field recordings (which might very well be any sort of sound being derived from the piano itself). After this unfolds, it can as easily fold together again and reach again for that level of abstraction. Music that is somewhere in between improvisation and composition. Music, also, that is quite demanding to listen too. Its not very loud, although not exactly of the inaudible kind also, but lots of things happen below the surface. This is not something you can put on and leave it as such. This requires your full and unabridged attention. Without that, it won't work. With your concentration fully spend on this, it will slowly unfold its beauty - very time you play this." [FdW/Vital Weekly]