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Declaration of Resonance

Chris Alford

Label: Mystic Form Records
Released: 2021
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Tracks

1. When Namuza Stirs 03:57 2. Declaration of Resonance 04:37 3. Webern(ing) 02:45 4. Lillith and the Human Contradiction 02:36 5. Blues of Other Orbits 05:41 6. Satellites Speak 05:27 7. Kuiper Belt 04:54 8. Binary Friction 02:00 9. Blood has Ghost 04:31 10. The Author of Danger 02:54 11. Catalyst for Cleansing 04:43

Personnel

Will Thompson
keyboards

Additional Personnel / Information

Will Thompson- Infastain Piano

Album Description

Declaration of Resonance features longtime collaborators Will Thompson (WATIV) on his acoustic augmented piano invention, the Infastain Piano, and Chris Alford on resonator guitar. This album was recorded on election night, November 2020, in Will's New Orleans shotgun home as the duo spiraled through feelings of hopelessness and a nervous sense of relief. The intimate ambience of the recording and combination of these two acoustic instruments give the listener the feel that this is parlour music from a different reality or dimension. One might hear shades of contemporary classical, ethnic folk, electronic music, free jazz, noise, and blues but as whole, this album eskews genre and presents the music as it was performed- through instant composition. This new music, rather than focus on specific harmonies, sense of time or pre-established forms, deals with broader aspects such as density, juxtaposition of approaches, personal sonic syntaxes, complementary resonances, balance and adaptability. The piano sounds on this recording are an acoustic augmentation designed by Will Thompson called the Infastain Piano that allows for extended sustain of one or many notes. Using a tactile shaker attached to the piano’s soundboard and a contact microphone, the acoustic piano’s soundboard becomes a speaker from which it’s own sounds are manipulated through digital processing. The result is a natural sounding piano sustain that lasts for an unnatural period of time. Through digital manipulations of those prolonged sonic events, acoustically impossible sonorities are realized. The preparations and augmentations are not just artifice, rather, an expansion of possibilities through imagining new ways that these instruments can resonate. The invention of new, personal musical languages that are able to interact fluidly with the Infastain Piano was also important to the success of the recording/performing process and lended a freshness to the interplay of these two longtime collaborators. In isolation and pause of regular life because of the covid pandemic, these new language systems and expanded instrument interface had abundant time to blossom. For Alford, it was a challenging, unpredictable, and very satisfying experience to improvise and interact with this unique instrument. One particular point of satisfaction was how the Infastain Piano resonated in the room and space. The sounds don't just come directionally through a cold speaker like most electronic based instruments. Rather, the Infastain activates the wooden chamber of the piano and it’s strings providing a much more complex scope of vibration and overtones. There was also the interaction of those same sounds oscillating through holes of the resonator guitar which already has it’s own reverberating metal chamber. This interchanging of resonance- back and forth- is just one magical aspect of the album. The true strength of this declaration is the intuitive interactions between Alford and Thompson as they improvise and invent a musical platform for their instruments and evoke emotional resonance, sonic images and new structural forms. They do this with a heightened state of creativity, loads of confidence and extreme sensitivity. In this collaboration, they discover a new kind of interactive material together, in real time, that could only exist with these specific artists, in this specific time and space. credits released May 6, 2021

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