21039-2 CD, $14.00
Ochre Land, Blue Blue Skies/ Grand Surface Noise Opera Nr.
7 - Crawling With Tarts
Ochre Land, Blue Blue Skies. (34:04). Composed by Michael Gendreau (1996-7),
incorporating conceptual information from Suzanne Dycus-Gendreau. Instruments
designed by Michael Gendreau and Suzanne Dycus-Gendreau. Grand Surface Noise
Opera Nr. 7: The Decadent Opera (Rococo). (35:02). Composed by Suzanne Dycus-Gendreau
and Michael Gendreau (1994).
Long overdue, long promised release. This may be the last Tarts track (and
opera) and one of the first solo composed Gendreau recordings. Or I could be
making that all up. Anyway, wonderful music and sounds - it is a Crawling With
Tarts opera and OLBBS is a killer.
A musician since age 6, Gendreau went along to work with several group organizations,
culminating in Crawling With Tarts (1983-1998), and using this group as a medium
(along with the various uses made of it by co-founder Suzanne Dycus) for work
in elementalism, attention to temporal and environmental persistence, and eventually,
applications of parataxis. These final studies included the use of small motors
and turntable mechanisms, mostly performing with one-off transcription discs
cast by others in the middle of the last century, or cut in Gendreau's studio
using a decrepit lathe. More recently, in composition and performance, Gendreau
has sought to enlarge these later studies, adding physical parameters of performance
spaces (as a point of reference, based on studies in physics completed in 1989
and current work as an acoustician-primarily working on low-vibration design
in buildings and noise impact to optical research apparatus in the infrasonic
to audible frequency range) as a language within the paratactic structures that
form his compositions.