Annie Gosfield: Lightning Slingers & Dead Ringers

Annie Gosfield: Lightning Slingers & Dead Ringers

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by Lisa Moore

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Annie Gosfield: Lightning Slingers & Dead Ringers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mike_Maguire More than 1 year ago
Annie Gosfield is NYC resident bad girl /punk/eccentric-the Eric Satie of the Hudson river (it¿s the closest I can come up with). Free of the various clichéd paths of minimalism and post minimalist schools, Annie truly has her own sound that is distinct in the first couple of measures. (Just in case you thought there was no minimalist repetition, there¿s a ton in the looping electronics). The major cut on this CD is called ¿Lightning Slingers and Dead Ringers¿ pitting piano against electronics, played by the uber-talented Lisa Moore. At once, there¿s a circus-like, celebratory nature to Annie¿s writing ¿child-like, naïve and always playful. But underneath the actual content is fairly rigorous in it¿s motivic working out and structural integrity. In the piano writing, there¿s a roughness, almost brutal quality, which at once evokes Thomas Hart Benton in its expressionist ruralness. Scott Joplin and piano roll writing also springs to mind or the accompanists for a silent movie. Either way it is quintessentially American gothic art. One slight criticism or observation is I¿m not sure whether the piano was meant to be de-tuned or if it was that way for the recording session. It should have been more detuned to both go with the style and to blend with all the detuning ring modulation in the electronics. As for the electronics, Annie¿s approach is very fresh. Group together a bunch of the gnarlyist, industrial sounds possible, throw them into distortion box or a ring modulator and let it loop. It¿s like Varese does rave music. This is a very cool piece and Ms. Moore as always does an amazing job tackling the multiple tempos and mood shifts with required reckless abandon. The second track, called ¿Brooklyn¿, for two baseballs and pitchers mitt was not at all disappointing (given the title). This was again like Scott Joplin only with amputated hands. Again, there is a real freshness to Annie¿s¿ writing¿full of imagination even within such limited parameters. Also I heard echos of Stravinsky in the accompanimental parts-a kind of Russian brutishness. Pick up the CD- you won¿t be disappointed.