All music (c) 2013 Simon Rose and
Recorded and mixed by Elmar Susse
Mastered by Paul Stapleton
Photograph and cover design
The Bonsai Sound Sculpture (BoSS)
…like some old, forgotten animal from the beginning of time,
Max Picard (1989)
pfMENTUM CD 074
Journal d'écoute / Listening Diary 2013-09-16
FAUNA / Fauna (pfMENTUM) Très belle collaboration entre le saxophoniste Simon Rose et Paul Stapleton, qui fabrique et joue des sculptures sonores bonzaï. Beau mariage d'idées et de sonorités entre saxo alto/baryton et percussions métalisées, donc. Un jeu riche et soigné. J'aime.
Very fine collaboration between sax player Simon Rose and Paul Stapleton, who makes and plays bonsai sound sculptures. Nice blend of ideas and sonics between alto/baritone sax and metal percussion. Rich and thoughtful playing.
--François Couture, http://blog.monsieurdelire.com/2013/09/2013-09-16-fauna-jon-madof.html
FAUNA - Paul Stapleton & Simon Rose
This is a great free music record, it sounds as experimental and furious than during the FMP / INCUS / RING era… but terrifically modern ! Paul Stapleton plays a jaw-dropping Bonsai Sound Scuplture (BoSS) while Simon Rose is performing with his baryton & alto saxos with a first-class energy and sense of harmonics. BoSS is, a portable modular musical instrument (Paul Stapleton & Neil Fawcett 2010) combining a repurposed turntable, DIY electronics, amplified metallic percussion and strings. This duet offers a non-concessional free music, shares and sublimes a sonic adventure. The first time the record is over, you just want more. With enjoyment, Paul Stapleton's music makes us think of legendary Hugh Davies' ludic sound universe (Felt's opening). But this doesn't change anything of the fact that I let myself sink into this duet's evil conversation. This is a best kind of improvised music, either you're more into its global soundscaping or its very musical quality along the many blazing improvisations that have been recorded on a Berlin show. Simon Rose gets angrier while he makes his baryton bark (or trumpet) to some kind of gritty basses. Circular respiration is used to transform the sound or slide from an harmonic to another, with a great feeling for details and the ability of whistling at the edge of silence or for a complete loud outbreak. His partner has the solid imagination required to make his machine talk. Their perfect independence of these two improvisators and their ability to play in such different genres and coordinate their efforts stimulates any listening (both normal listeners and musicians), and push the two artists to take off towards a permanently unsatisfied research. They literally do the splits in their inspiration but always gather on magical and unexpected convergences. This is a very remarkable duet. Many famous people playing so-called "free" improvised music don't perform any better and sound any more interesting. Therefore, if you enjoy real free improvised music, with no additive, go and get this wonderful FAUNA and its authors.
PS : Please do have a look on Rose's Schmetterling, where he plays solo on baryton (Not Two) and Procession, on alto sax (FMR), who are two major records.
Fauna - //////// (CD, pfMENTUM, Experimental/modern classical)
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