Simple Pleasures - Rvng Prsnts Frkwys Vol. 3. ARP and Anthony Moore

by Donal Mosher

28 April 2010

 

The recent collaboration between ARP (Alexis Georgeopolis—a musician, sound based artist and founding member of Tussle) and Anthony Moore ( a composer, media artists and professor of sound theory) is latest release in the Rvng Prsnts Frkwys series that brings artists together with their predecessors “by way of remix, reinterpretation, and collaboration” as stated in their press release. Given the intellectual nature of both artists and this approach the reworking and pairing of Moore’s original work with that ARP yields a deceptively organic recording. Employing strings, drones, loops, references to Arthur Russel and Robert Wyatt, even a vocal track that evokes ‘60s gauzy, romantic crooning, these gentle pieces alternate between contented nostalgia, melancholy, and a subtly hymn like spirit. The strongest tracks blend a pastoral and mathematical minimalism that has the stark, but wholesome, sunlit feel of Shaker design and artwork. This is the kind of open musical creation that attaches itself a quiet, cinematic ease to the environments in which it is played. In fact, ARP and Moore recently performed their work as a soundtrack for David Larcher’s film “MARE’S TAIL” at the Wordless Music Series in Brooklyn. The finest quality Vol. 3 may be that through conceptual basis and contemporary technique, the result is the simple warm pleasure of having tracks like “Wild Grass (for Arthur Russel” or “Today’s Psalter” filling up a bright room on sunny afternoon.

 

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