Mark Whitecage: Turning Point
Mark Whitecage is an example of a purely acoustic player who turned to electronics (in 1998) as a way of expanding his range of expression. Though under-documented, Whitecage has been active in progressive music circles since the sixties. On Turning Point, his acoustic instruments consist of the alto sax and the clarinet. All electronic manipulations appear to be saxophone- and clarinet-derived. The performance exists entirely in real time, although there are usually several melodies happening at once. Whitecage relies primarily upon looping and effects to deliver improvised lines, against which he can then improvise.
The general feel of Turning Point is one of uneasy oscillation: waves of sound undulate and crash before being reborn in a myriad of mutant derivations. Whitecage achieves climax and resolution by building density, dissonance, and altered tonalityand then relaxing them. This music can be appreciated at many levels, but perhaps the best approach is to simply view it as a maritime voyage: both busy storm and glassy quietude have their place in this always-active ocean of sound.
Be aware that Turning Point is strictly available by mail order and at concerts. Visit Mark Whitecage on the web.
Track Listing: Bopalong Way; Something Cool; Jogging; Loop'en; Concerto For One; Soul; Turning Point; Haunting Melody.
Personnel: Mark Whitecage: alto saxophone, clarinet, and electronics.
Record Label: Acoustics
Style: Modern Jazz