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Silbert, Stella / Nat Baldwin: 01.30.22 [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Notice Recordings)

Cantankerously informed and paced like a perfect tumble, the duo improvisations of Massachusetts collaborator Stella Silber on turntables and Nat Baldwin on upright bass augment their work through turntable preparations and static, Baldwin performing all over his instrument, as the duo surprise and maintain interest through accessible abrasiveness.
 

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Label: Notice Recordings
Catalog ID: NTR081
Squidco Product Code: 34269

Format: CASSETTE
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded at 10 Forward, in Greenfield, Massachusetts, on January 30th, 2022, by Nick Bisceglia and Weston Olencki.

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"Stella Silbert and Nat Baldwin's "01.30.22" starts with a disorienting and curt mixture of vinyl static, chopped and skewed mysterious acoustic guitar strings, and a loud, acoustic "thud". It's an introduction to a strange piece of music from a strange album by two fascinating players in the current improvised and contemporary music landscape. This first piece, "5", warbles and wobbles its way though oddly lyrical passages, framed in sporadic collaged format by the rapidly cut pitch-shifted classical guitar emanating from Silbert's prepared turntable, pockmarked with abrasive static. Baldwin's breathy, thick, and textured double bass playing wonderfully compliments such engaging sounds, while both voices allow one another to breathe freely.

This is a consistent feeling throughout the album: one is allowed to breathe and mentally wander throughout these sounds. Despite their intensity, they are never exhausting. (Quite literally, one can hear Baldwin's labored breath throughout the recording.)

Notice became aware of Silbert's work via the incredible duo Beige, with Liam Kramer-White, and here on "01.30.22", one can similarly hear the unique approach to timbre, dynamic, and pacing. Baldwin runs the much-loved Tripticks Tapes, and has roots in both improvised music and song-based work, with a number of solo albums on Western Vinyl. His plucked, bowed, scraped or otherwise altered double bass exists as an adaptable and amorphous hinge throughout the performances; facilitating movements of sounds both horizontally and vertically, simultaneously closing and opening segments.

The duo's interplay and dynamic is deeply exciting and presents a fresh and weird sound in free improvisation."-Notice Recodings


Artist Biographies

"Stella Silbert is a Western Mass based electroacoustic improviser who plays turntable and no-input mixer. Stella formed the duo Beige with Liam Kramer-White, and currently plays solo as Sweetness the Point of Song, and in groups with Nat Baldwin, Neil Cloaca Young, and Adam Kohl."

-Stella Silbert Website (https://stellamorisilbert.com/)
2/28/2024

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Nathaniel Baldwin is a New York City double bassist, singer and songwriter. He studied with Anthony Braxton. He has released solo albums on the Peacock label, Western Vinyl, Broken Sparrow Records, Tripticks Tapes and Shinkoyo. He has been a member of the bands Dirty Projectors and Tiger Saw.

-Squidco 2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. 5 05:26

2. 4 06:44

3. 9 16:11

SIDE B



1. 8 06:18

2. 2 22:28

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