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Chacon, Raven – “At The Point Where The Rivers Crossed, We Drew Our Knives” – [Anarchymoon Recordings]

abacus   4/10/2012   12-inch, A Library

Three ominous drones from New Mexico based composer/sound artist Raven Chacon. All pieces are minimal and slow to build but deliver a subtle tension that weaves and grows and invades your psyche. Side A is a solo piece performed by the man himself with resonating snare, vinyl string guitar and and bone whistle. A storm brewing, spinning the rusty weather vane on the steel roof of a long-abandoned shack in the middle of a dry, desert wasteland. Side B contains two pieces: Textural experimentation on solo violin that sounds like the last dying breaths of a wheezing animal, and one commissioned for the University of Mary Washington Wind Ensemble; droning doom with sparse melodic insertions that overlap seamlessly in the dense fog.

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