fis & Rob Thorne - clear stones

  • Cat No : sub022
  • Label : Subtext
12" Vinyl


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Subtext presents Clear Stones, the first meeting between two distinct voices from New Zealand. In a unique collaboration, sound artists working with M?ori instruments Rob Thorne (Ng?ti Tumutumu) and Berlin-based electronic composer Fis dismantle boundaries in space, time, and genre, juxtaposing Thorne's living, breathing practice with the weight of modern sound systems. Recording sessions at Berlin's Red Bull Studios were the starting point, committing Thorne's traditional M?ori instrumentation to tape. Made of wood, stone, bone, and shell, the instruments of taonga p?oro ("singing treasures") include various oblique-style flutes, horns, percussion, and objects spun above the player's head during the performance. Amongst the instrumentation deployed by Thorne on Clear Stones are the P?t?tara (conch horn), P?rerehua (bullroarer), and Tumutumu K?hatu (stone percussion). However it's the P?t?rino that features most regularly throughout; an instrument that is both flute and horn, both voices captured in one single take by Thorne on mid-album epic "Glurn Herrin". Thorne has been performing in New Zealand for some 25 years, and the release of his debut solo album Wh?ia te M?ramatanga on Rattle Records in 2014 garnered wide critical acclaim, including a nomination for "Best Maori Traditional Album" at the 2014 Waiata M?ori Music Awards. Since his debut on Tri Angle Records in 2013, Fis has released a string of acclaimed albums, including his Subtext debut From Patterns To Details in 2016 (SUB 008CD/018LP), ending up in end-of-year lists at both FACT magazine and The Quietus. Starting with Thorne's taonga p?oro recordings, Fis sculpts bold new settings for the music, mired in deep bass and vast synthetic tones, at times pushing Thorne's wood, stone, and bone into total transformative saturation. The conversation that emerges between these two artists encompasses technology and nature, computers and physical instruments, historical narrative, and the present, perceived secularity and sacredness, framing them all as aspects of one single, conscious whole.
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