New Cut Releases: Ellen Fullman+Sean Meehan / Signal Quintet
(Published: May 26, 2007)
New Cut Releases // May 2007
Ellen Fullman + Sean Meehan
Ellen Fullman // long string instrument
Sean Meehan // snare drum with cymbals
Signal Quintet «Yamaguchi»
Jason Kahn // analog synthesizer, percussion
Tomas Korber // guitar, electronics
Norbert Möslang // cracked everyday electronics
Günter Müller // ipods, electronics
Christian Weber // contrabass
Ellen Fullman + Sean Meehan
Longtime friends who had hoped to play together for some time,
Fullman and Meehan were surprised by the initial efforts of their
collaboration. Their instruments--or rather the sounds of their
instruments meeting in the acoustic space--strongly influenced one
another: combination tones, sympathetic resonances, beating, and
even cancellation of each other's sound.
Mapping routes through this unusual territory would become the piece
presented here in three parts. The recording was made Easter (R.C.)
weekend 2006. It is an acoustic work, recorded in stereo, without
overdubbing or effects.
Ellen Fullman's long string instrument is a unique instrument of her
own invention. Waist high, parallel wires, strung in two sets span 14
meters. Fullman produces rich, microtonal drones by pacing up and
down the wires and applying friction with her fingertips. Each of her ten
fingers precisely finds the appropriate string and the sound emanates
from wooden box resonators bolted into the wall. At her studio where
this CD was recorded, the strings run through the patio door and
terminate in the backyard: "the extra length affords me an additional
lower octave," Fullman explains.
For the last ten years or so, Sean Meehan has been focusing on playing
the snare drum with cymbals. On this recording he produces long,
continuous tones from them using a dowel and friction.
This work was premiered at the Instal Festival, Scotland.
In 1981, at her studio in Brooklyn Ellen Fullman began developing the
20 meter "Long String Instrument", in which rosin-coated fingers brush
across dozens of metallic strings, producing a chorus of minimal
organ-like overtones which has been compared to the experience of
standing inside an enormous grand piano. A spectrum analysis of the
waveform produced reveals overtones spiked up at even intervals and
consistent levels from the fundamental through the entire range of
Fullman's recent work explores the influence of sympathetic resonance
using notation that choreographs events to occur at locations mapped
to the matrix of nodal points.
Fullman was awarded a Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission/NEA
Residency for Japan (2007); a DAAD Artists-in-Berlin residency
(2000-2001), and has performed in numerous venues and festivals.
Sean Meehan plays drums. He became musically active in the late 80's
at the Amica Bunker series for improvised music which was then
housed at ABC No Rio in New York City.
He likes to go for walks and hang around with his friends.
Signal Quintet «Yamaguchi»
During Signal Quintet's tour of Japan in 2006 these three
improvisations were recorded live in studio at the Yamaguchi Center for
Arts and Media.
Jason Kahn formed Signal Quintet in 2004 to record his graphical score
«Timelines.» The group has continued on as an improvising ensemble
with the recordings on «Yamaguchi» documenting their first tour.
Signal Quintet draws on three generations of some of Europe's most
innovative musicians, with their collective performance histories
spanning back to the late 1970's.
With instrumentation ranging from Norbert Möslang's cracked everyday
electronics to the deep acoustics of Chrisitan Weber's contrabass, the
music of Signal Quintet transfers fluidly from electronic to acoustic,
surging with an organic ebb and flow through improvisations where the
listener's notion of time passing is lost in an immersive sound
Jason Kahn is a sound and visual artist based in Zürich. His work
includes drawing, sound installation, performance and composition. He
was born in New York, grew up in Los Angeles and relocated to Europe
Swiss-Spanish composer/improviser Tomas Korber was born in 1979 in
Korber has performed solo and collaborated with the likes of Günter
Müller, Norbert Möslang, Otomo Yoshihide, Lê Quan Ninh, Toshimaru
Nakamura, Stephan Wittwer, Jason Kahn, Thomas Ankersmit, Dimitri
de Perrot, Dieb13, Butch Morris, Alessandro Bosetti, Hans Koch, Sachiko
M, Christian Weber, Keith Rowe, Christian Wolfarth, Kazuya Ishigami,
Olaf Rupp, (collaboration at the Swiss National Exhibition
"Expo02"), Andrea Parkins, ErikM, Steinbrüchel and many others.
He has also composed music for theater and film productions.
Norbert Möslang was born in St.Gallen in 1952 and plays cracked
Worked with Voice Crack until the end of 2002 and played also in
Poire_z. Collaborations with Borbetomagus, Otomo Yoshihide, Günter
Müller, Erikm, Jérôme Noetinger, Lionel Marchetti, Jim O'Rourke, Kevin
Drumm, Jason Kahn, Oren Ambarchi, Tomas Korber, Keith Rowe,
I-Sound, Carlos Zingaro, Florian Hecker and many others.
He is also active in the field of visual arts.
Günter Müller was born in München in 1954, and has lived in
Switzerland since 1966.
Müller has been playing a unique drum set with a mobile pick-ups and a
microphone system of his own invention since 1981. The system allows
hand generated sounds on drums and percussion to be modulated
electronically. Since 1998 minidiscs, later an ipod, are included in his
He performs solo and has collaborated with a large number of
musicians, including Jim O'Rourke, Christian Marclay, Butch Morris,
Otomo Yoshihide, Taku Sugimoto, Keith Rowe, Sachiko M.
In 1990 he founded the record label For 4 Ears Records.
Christian Weber is active as an interpreter of contemporary composed
music as well in the fields of free improvisation and modern jazz.
He has collaborated with the likes of Peter Kowald, Irène Schweizer,
Charles Gayle, Boris Hauf, Lol Coxhill, Elliott Sharp, Gene Coleman and
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