Six Projects

Six Projects

Description: 
More than half a dozen
Composers: 
Mike Olson
Performers: 
Mike Olson
Dave King
Heather Barringer
Zeitgeist
Tom Kehoe
Mary Danna
Kim Sueoka
Kathy Lee
Kris Kautzman
Linda Kachelmeier
Bryan Fisher
Justin Karch
Tim O'Brien
Mike Meyer
Catalog Number: 
#917
Genre: 
experimental
new music
electronic
Collection: 
analog
ambient
soundtrack
audiophile
choral
flute
Location: 

Minneapolis, MN

UPC: 
726708691721
Price: 
$15.00
Release Date: 
Jul 31, 2015
Liner Notes: 
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1 CD
6 ProjectsiTunes Artist's PageiTunes Album Page
Song TitleTimePrice
1.Flute Clouds05:48$0.99
2.Noopiming20:28$-1
3.De Novo05:53$0.99
4.What They're Doing07:43$0.99
5.Implied Movement09:21$0.99
6.Shift05:45$0.99

Six Projects

One Sheet: 

Evoking the work of composers and artists as varied as Eno, Ligeti, Zappa and early Kraftwerk, Mike Olson’s new album Six Projects spans the thirteen years since the Minneapolis composer and producer began working with fragment-based composition. Although classically trained and an active composer of music since the mid-’70s, Olson eventually came full circle to his earliest musical roots, where he abandoned any notion of self-conscious formalism in favor of a more intuitive approach to music making.

The half-dozen works run the gamut from choral music to analogue modular synthesizer work, but all began as fragments, sometimes thousands of tiny acoustic building blocks. This method starts with the establishment of self-imposed musical limitations and an organizing concept. Olson then records a large number of musical gestures and textures which are then used as source material for the construction of the final composition in the computer. By tightly integrating the elements of composition, performance and recording, Olson has created a process that has yielded through-composed pieces that possess a compellingly ethereal, cinematic quality; almost but not quite performable live.

Featuring performances from Zeitgeist, Dave King, Heather Barringer, Tom Kehoe, Mary Danna and a group of current and former Rose Ensemble singers, Six Projects displays its depth not only sonically but physically as well. In addition to digitally and on CD, the album has a limited edition run of 100 translucent green vinyl LPs. Just for fun, one of the LPs will even have a $50 bill tucked into it, completely offsetting its cost.

 

Reviews: 

AVANT MUSIC NEWS
"[I]n the 20-minute 'Noopiming,' overlapping vocal shards slowly build into a dense wall-like texture, then dissipate into a looming atmosphere. ... Another aspect of Six Projects that makes it an ultimately rewarding listening experience is Olson’s clever use of dynamics. Parts of these recordings are barely audible, or make use of a frequency range outside of the expected. This results in hearing the album anew when piped through powerful speakers instead of a computer or headphones. ... [I]t takes a while to get your head around what Olson is doing here, but doing so is time well spent." [FULL ARTICLE]