Jack Woodbury is a Wellington-based composer and audio engineer. And this set of numbered, untitled instrumental pieces comes from two audiovisual installations made across 2019 and 2020 (CORROSE and A Tree Falls).
The pieces are electroacoustic compositions interrupted by nature or disrupted by distorted speakers – or are the pieces themselves disrupting nature and/or being interrupted by manipulated flaws in technical equipment? Either way it makes for fascinating listening, reminding me of sound artists like Seht and The Books.
The material here was created by processed recordings of piano and tubular bells and field recordings from Wellington’s Ohariu Valley. There’s some Eno-esque elongations and looping and a jarring/beautiful move between glitch/ambient.
The album on its own, repurposed from the installation projects where there was a visual component, is a joy to listen to. It’s music – or ‘sound’ as much as anything – that fills the room you’re in, that merges and takes shape within the room.
I shout out to Rattle Records all the time, and will continue to do so as long as they continue to push such a great range of music and sound and art – giving equal space to performers and composers, shining a light down the alley-ways the celebratory and back-patting NZ Music Month and “Scene” in general will forever fear to tread. You can’t sell t-shirts of this sort of thing at Hallensteins. And thank fuck for that eh!
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