Limited edition, uniquely hand made version of 100 copies! Each of the appropriately and intensely themed beauties comes packaged in a large, sewn x-ray envelope. As though it were a package sent from the hospital itself, each comes with pockets holding the factory pressed disc in a chemotherapy bag, an additional 3″ mini CDr of five, “Songs For Healing” in its own windowed envelope, a tiny pill envelope containing a broken and heart stamped child shaped tongue depressor, a vintage x-ray, various hand printed explanatory inserts with attached microscopic slide blow ups, all of this hand stamped and modified with the usual over-the-top hand made care that TRS always puts into its packaging for the beautiful music that we release.
Important!! To open this package use a sharp blade or a small sharp pair of scissors and gently cut through the three, white surgical taped sides, while NOT cutting through the sewn left side! It will then fold open and all shall be revealed!
Age of Insects is the result of a series of visits made by Mark and Laura to Stephen’s studio in Virginia between May 2009 and January 2010.
The three improvised around common interests in analog electronics and digital manipulation, field recordings and instrumental performance practice. These recordings presented here feature only minimal editing and post-production, with a primary intent of capturing shared moments of listening and response.
The titles refer to extinct insects—the imagined hum and flutter of their calls, flight and communication.
As a sort of pantheist, or at least an artist who finds great stories hiding in the vast visual subtleties of nature – Subtle Trees is a classical music collage as much as it is an homage to classical music. It’s core is created through sounds gathered in the owl hours by sampling ancient instruments whose cores were derived from the trees of nature. These sounds were layered like lichen on an ancient pantheistic sculpture.
This 44 minute piece may structurally resemble a classical composition – divided as it is into several interlocking stanzas – but it’s difficult to place it comfortably within the realm of modern music. If anything, ‘The Rest….’ evokes the otherwordly, fantastical obsessions of the Victorians (Conan Doyle, Lear, Grandville, Wellcome, etc) through means of meticulously manipulated instrumentation, samples and voice.Plinth, of course, is no stranger to Victoriana.
Bridge Carols is the meeting of two artists with unique timeless approaches to music. Neo-Americana folk singer Laura Gibson is gifted with a soft and singular voice (not unlike the voices of Josephine Foster and Joanna Newsom) and writes songs that could date back a century or foretell a future rural life. Electronician Ethan Rose is vested in antiquated instruments and technologies – a sonic recycler who, out of the old, has been creating a new form of ambient music.