All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

225

Evan Parker & Matthew Wright: Trance Map

John Eyles By

Sign in to view read count
Trance Map is part of an ongoing body of work on Psi that includes past releases by Joel Ryan and DJ Sniff, which each used Evan Parker's music as source material to be manipulated to create new works. Whereas Parker was not an active participant in those recordings, for this album he has worked collaboratively with Matthew Wright to create Trance Map, to the extent that each is credited with "co-composition."

Wright is a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he teaches modules related to composition and sonic art; he also runs the university's ensemble Contact and is artistic director of the new music group Splinter Cell. The recording of Trance Map took place at the university in 2008 and 2009. In addition to playing soprano saxophone, Parker played samples from his collection on LP, cassette or CD, while Wright uses turntables, computer and software. As Parker says of Wright, "His facility with the various DSP [digital signal processing] programs used totally blurs the distinction between playing, mixing and editing."

Despite being indexed as four separate tracks, this is one continuous piece of music that lasts over 68 minutes. The introductory section consists of small sounds that could be samples of insect noises or their electronically-generated equivalent. Slowly, an electronic drone increases in intensity from nothing, gradually revealing previously unheard textures and details, including the unmistakable sound of Parker's sax. The main body of the piece persists for over an hour; initially, it is intermittently punctuated by a pulsing low frequency throb that adds an air of menace to the soundscape. Other than this, its characteristic sounds are Parker's soprano saxophone, surrounded by all manner of bird and insect sounds, real and electronic. The overall effect is of Parker playing in a swarming tropical jungle clearing.

Trance Map is well-named. When Anthony Braxton named one phase of his compositions "Ghost Trance Music," the justifiable question was, "Where is the trance?" No such indignant query is necessary with this music. As Parker points out in his sleeve notes, it is multipurpose, depending on the volume at which it is played back. At normal volume it is over-brimming with aural information, much of it operating at a subliminal level. As such, it richly repays repeated listening and intense concentration being invested in it. At a much lower volume—perhaps late at night, on headphones—it is music designed to fall asleep to. Or even to induce a trance-like state. Either way, it is mesmerizingly beautiful.

Track Listing: 1 Intro; 2; 3; 4 Outro.

Personnel: Evan Parker: soprano saxophone, sample collection, co-composition; Matthew Wight: live sampling, turntables, co-composition and sound design.

Title: Trance Map | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Psi

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Home Boy, Sister Out CD/LP/Track Review
Home Boy, Sister Out
by Chris May
Published: July 22, 2018
Read Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Deluxe Edition CD/LP/Track Review
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Deluxe Edition
by Doug Collette
Published: July 22, 2018
Read The Literature CD/LP/Track Review
The Literature
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 22, 2018
Read A History Of Nothing CD/LP/Track Review
A History Of Nothing
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 21, 2018
Read Turbamulta CD/LP/Track Review
Turbamulta
by Glenn Astarita
Published: July 21, 2018
Read 3 CD/LP/Track Review
3
by Jim Worsley
Published: July 21, 2018
Read "Embodied Hope" CD/LP/Track Review Embodied Hope
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 6, 2017
Read "No Arrival" CD/LP/Track Review No Arrival
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 19, 2018
Read "The Bat Swings!" CD/LP/Track Review The Bat Swings!
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 17, 2018
Read "Live In Europe" CD/LP/Track Review Live In Europe
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: May 16, 2018
Read "(Willisau) 1991 Studio" CD/LP/Track Review (Willisau) 1991 Studio
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 20, 2018