Metabolism Quartet [for Witold Lutosławski]

by Chester Hawkins

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The Metabolism Quartet is a mixture of two live performances in Washington DC: one recorded in isolation at Intangible Arts’ studio (4th September 2018) and one in public at Rhizome community arts space (8th September 2018). Both events were improvised autopsies of Lutosławski’s String Quartet by means of three granular synth engines and one tape-edit/concrète emulator. Thus, the original Quartet was reduced to a malleable clay and reconstructed by a neutral, synthetic quartet “conducted” by touch controls.

This technique was accompanied by live lapsteel guitar and a prepared collage of field recordings from locations crucial to my youth. In this way the original Quartet was “metabolized” and reborn with a hybrid identity, neither Lutosławski’s nor my own.

All live manipulations and performances by Hawkins. Many thanks to those present at the Rhizome performance. Audio mastering by Mark Beazley/Trace Recordings, UK.

A companion version of this release is available in cassette form, which includes an additional 30-minute piece recorded in London, August 2018.

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released November 19, 2018

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Intelligent Noise Music of the non-entertainment genre. Netlabel, Cassettes, CDs, CDRs. Free improv, musique concrete. Black ambient metal. Field recordings, experimental electronics. Drones & Pop. Since 1983.

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