Exposé Online banner

Stephen Adams — Sunset inside the Listening Room
(Harrigans Lane Collective no#, 2020, LP / DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2020-04-26

Sunset inside the Listening Room Cover art

This latest offering from the Harrigan’s Lane Collective in Australia pretty much is what it is, some loose improvisational work by Adams on flute and ocarina, along with Danielle Bentley on cello and Hannah Reardon-Smith on piccolo and bass flute, merged with Adams’ field recordings, recorded at the fern gully below The Piano Mill at Harrigans Lane, one side of the vinyl recorded during the day, and the other side recorded at night. The recordings include 17 species of indigenous birds, tree frogs, numerous insects, and such. If one downloads the album, there is a three minute excerpt of the album as a preview. As one might suspect, the session recorded during the day is far more energized with birdsong, whereas the session from the night recording, while it does feature owls and other night birds, features far more frogs and insects, and is much quieter and relaxed. It’s important to note that the animals did not participate in the improvisations, they were recorded and then later the three musicians added their parts as the recordings played. What might have been far more interesting would be to have the birds and animals as active participants in the improvisation along with the three musicians, though ultimately the outcome may have not have been much different. Who knows?


Filed under: New releases, 2020 releases

Related artist(s): Stephen Adams

More info
http://harriganslanecollective.bandcamp.com/album/sunset-inside-the-listening-room

Latest news

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius - Live Wires – Count me as a supporter of the proposition that the world needs more hot electric violinists playing jazz-rock fusion. Jean-Luc Ponty has moved on to other things, and someone has to take up the...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues