Gavin Prior: DL4, Feedback Loops, Melodica, Oscillators, Roland HP 237E
Thanks to Austin & Darina Prior
Gavin Prior is a member of Primal Barber Trio and a veteran of Toymonger and United Bible Studies. Clusters arrives in the wake of his guitar and field recording-based CD All Who Wander (Cambrian Records / Deserted Village) but is very different, a rigorously focused work recalling Xenakis and Radigue.
"These compositions began as improvisations on an everyday digital piano with a few standard voices including organ and harpsichord. The pieces were recorded using a loop pedal and editing to stack clusters upon clusters, creating textures and layers of dissonance which would have been impossible to have performed live.
These pieces are an attempt to create unsettling soundscapes using 'musical' rather than 'noise' material. Loop pedals are usually used for metric rather than textured musics and can become a crutch. This music grew from a desire to exploit other possibilities for live looping."