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Two with Joby

Ensemble Bash
Bedford, D: Bash Peace Copeland: Breather Fitkin: Shard Hayes, N: Dance Play Leach: Echolalia McGarr: Sound Asleep Montague: Rimfire Skempton: Slip-stream Tippett, K: Dance of the Dragonfly

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Powerplant - Joby Burgess, Matthew Fairclough, Kathy Hinde
Chain of Command: Graham Fitkin The Boom and The Bap: Matthew Fairclough 24 Lies Per Second:
Max de Wardener
Im Dorfe; White Ribbon; Piece for Tape (for Percussion):
Conlon Nancarrow Armed Response Unit: Dominic Murcott My Name Is:
Steve Reich
Until My Blood is Pure: Max de Wardener Im Dorfe [video]

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We have kept up with Joby Burgess' career since seeing him with Janey Miller, oboe, as the New Noise Duo (2001 International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition, Rotterdam), and this has been a decade's education towards the farthest reaches of percussion/electronics developments, forefronted by Powerplant; a journey which took me further than I'd imagined possible in my old age.

For general listeners, the Doll's House can be recommended unreservedly; far less 'bashing' than one might have anticipated ! These are mostly subtle pieces exploring timbre with individuality, a huge range of compositions in a variety of styles, recorded with state-of-the-art equipment by Steve Parr in July 1911.

The other is equally fascinating but more esoteric, each item's intention and techniques well explained in Joby's notes - he is a 21st C explorer at the edge. Do try to see Joby in action on your computer in the staged Im Dorfe video track, illustrated above (needs Quicktime 7 or later). Riveting !

Peter Grahame Woolf