Bertolozzi, Joseph – “Tower Music” – [Innova Recordings]
Tower Music is composer Joseph Bertolozzi’s love of work recording sounds from the Paris Eiffel Towel parts using contact microphones released 2016. These ten thousand plus samples were then sorted down to about 1,600 usable parts for playing atonal melodies as well as rhythm parts. The music is rhythmic, the sounds are metallic-esoteric with some corresponding sonic experiences reminding of marimbas, gamelan instruments and other percussive instrumentation. As the amount of audio is restricted by the metal body of the tower and the tower parts, he had to do compromises with for example scales where not all 12 tones could be reproduced. So the limitation also works in favor of creating unique percussion-driven atonal melodies and rhythm patterns. Now, there’s a limit to what could be done so some tracks might sound similar on this CD. There’s plenty of liner notes how this CD was done as well as an audio track where Bertolozzi talks more about the recording process.