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Album Review

MW Ensemble – “Music For Piano Transmission” – [Ionik Recordings Company]

lexi glass   8/29/2017   A Library, CD

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The mw ensemble is the New York-based duo of Nancy Wheeler and Mike Winters. They create minimal compositions for piano and sometimes cello, and also use field recordings and electronic treatments in their work. On this 2017 release, we hear several instances of two solo piano pieces as they are broadcast over unassigned carrier frequencies and played back through a Crosby AM/FM receiver. The two short compositions begin with beautiful, repetitive, somewhat conventional playing. But dissonance finds its way in, and by the end, entire swathes of keys are mashed at once. The transmissions alter the signal in different ways, adding fuzzy distortion (T1) or noisy horror (T5). Conduct your own experiment with the source tracks (T3 and T6) or let the waves of the west rip apart what’s left of the broadcasts, and wield the awesome transformative power of terrestrial radio!

you heard it 25 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 4 days ago, lexi glass played Music For Transmission 2
  • 385 days ago, Phil Phactor played Music For Transmission 1
  • 728 days ago, Phil Phactor played Piano Transmission 2 (FM)
  • 729 days ago, Cousin Mary played Piano Transmission 3 (AM)
  • 731 days ago, Gram Sayles played Piano Transmission 4 (FM)
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