‘vs Loops’ is a new solo tape release on Graham Dunning’s Fractal Meat label. The album is a series of improvisations accompanied by pre-recorded cassette tape loops that were sourced from an open call for loops on the internet. Improvised music is characterised by the development of ideas through the interaction of the players. This concept is subverted on vs Loops as the tape loops are constant, unprocessed, and to some extent predictable. This presents an interesting challenge to develop music through a one-way conversation.
Loops created by: Ian Stonehouse, Phil Julian, Stephan Barrett, Marcus Hamblett, and Colin Webster.
” The loops provided by Phil Julian, Marcus Hamblett and others, are mostly atonal snippets of stacked field recordings and samples turned into concrete water wheels that cycle on while Webster filters his consciousness through the bell of a saxophone. He deploys an impressive range of sucks, kisses and harmonics alongside his usual guttural parp, switching between contrasting and mimicking the 11 tape loops on the album. It’s a hugely nifty concept, plus there’s perhaps more sonic variety on offer here than a free jazz group proper could muster.” – Tristan Bath, The Wire
Line-up: Colin Webster – alto and baritone saxophones.