daniel barbiero - not one nor

'not one nor' is an experimental recording based on certain rules and gestures for double bass by DC based composer daniel barbiero. the results are long-form, glacially paced and hyper focused on the experience of the instrument.

i feel like i should copy the explanation from the bandcamp page ('liner notes' still matter!):

'not one nor' presents two works made of discrete events foregrounding the materiality of a large string instrument in its role as a resonating chamber. both pieces are constructed out of a limited number of gestures and/or pitches and points on the instrument’s geography with the intention of producing an immersion in sound as material, interspersed with contrasting pauses. 'not one nor' for prepared double bass calls for shifting variations in timbre through the use of three gestures corresponding to three different regions of the instrument. 'eighteen events for double bass' alternates eighteen prescribed sound actions with an equal number of non-actions to create an image of the flux of aural perception.

i'me guessing the title refers to the three gestures used to create the recording. i always enjoy when i get contributions from the fringes of classical music. as the explanation suggests, a close listening to this piece re-creates the physical presence of the lone instrument.

get it here. more about daniel here.


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