PETERS, STEVE + STEVE RODEN - NOT A LEAF REMAINS AS IT WAS (CD)


"In 1995 Steve Peters and Steve Roden toured as a trio with singer Anna Homler; sometimes they would vocalize behind her, and they liked the way their voices blended together. They then spent about 15 years saying that "someday" they should record a voice-based project together. Aside from the physical distance between them, the problem was always: What would we sing? Neither wanted to write or sing lyrics. Inspiration came in the form of a book of Japanese jisei - poems allegedly written by monks on their death bed - printed in both English translation and Romanized Japanese. Phonetically pronouncing the Japanese reminded Peters of the technique Roden has used of systematically chopping up the syllables in English texts to transform them into sound poems. Since neither of them speaks Japanese, it seemed like a good place to begin. Culling some of the poems that made references to sound and noting them on cards, Peters and Roden sorted the cards into four groups according to the seasons of the year that the poems represented, divided the cards between them, and taped them to their music stands. They then sang random fragments from the various cards - a word here, a line there, maybe backwards, maybe the English translation. All of the music was improvised in the studio, built up one track at a time. They worked intuitively, with no structural guidelines beyond using the texts." (label info)
in stock | US| 2012| 12K | 13.90


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