Chris Cutler wonders how far you can go with banjos, mandolins, balalaikas, jew’s harps and ensembles of folk instruments. And it’s pretty far.
In Chris Cutler's PROBES #16 banjos, mandolins, balalaikas and the jew’s harp are made to do unaccustomed and groundbreaking things.
In PROBES #16, banjos, mandolins, balalaikas and the jew’s harp are made to do unaccustomed and groundbreaking things.
In this new auxiliary, bagpipes, zithers, harmonicas and hurdy-gurdys do things they aren’t supposed to do in contexts in which they aren’t supposed to do them... rather brillantly.
In PROBES #15 we look at experimental uses of the more intractable folk instruments: bagpipes, hurdy gurdy and harmonica. Is nothing sacred?
Transcript of PROBES #15, curated by Chris Cutler.
A detour to show how a collision of folk mechanisms, social upheaval, sound recording and electrification underpinned the growth of a new polyglot musical language, and a new aesthetic constituency.
Chris Cutler's PROBES #14 we take a detour to show how a collision of folk mechanisms, social upheaval, sound recording and electrification underpinned the growth of a new polyglot musical language, and a new aesthetic constituency.
This new auxiliary by Chris Cutler digs into new sounds made with long-forgotten instruments.
Chris Cutler's PROBES #13 tracks the recovery and reassignment of ancient and folk instruments in unfamiliar contexts.
This is the auxiliary in which harpsichords boldly go.
Transcript of PROBES #12, curated by Chris Cutler.
In Chris Cutler's PROBES #12 harpsichords return from the dead; a spectre is haunting music: the harpsichord.
This auxiliary by Chris Cutler listens to voices, mostly in groups, doing extraordinary things.
PROBES #11, by Chris Cutler, goes oral: everything your mother wouldn’t tell you about what people can do with their mouths, and a little bit of spit.
This auxiliary wonders what the human voice can't do.
Transcript of PROBES #11, curated by Chris Cutler.
In this tenth instalment, Chris Cutler looks at the human voice and its aesthetic reinventions.
Transcript of PROBES #10, curated by Chris Cutler.
This mix by Chris Culter explores extended techniques for percussion and winds.
In this ninth instalment, Chris Cutler investigates some extraordinary extended techniques for wind instruments and percussion and how they have been used.
Transcript of PROBES #9, curated by Chris Cutler.
This auxiliary explores extended techniques for strings.
In this eighth instalment, Chris Cutler presents modifications of string instruments that seek to move away from tonality while maintaining coherence.
Transcript of PROBES #8, curated by Chris Cutler.
This auxiliary investigates preparations for percussion and extended techniques for piano.
PROBES #7 examines some of the preparations applied to percussion and voice before beginning to look at the recovery and invention of extended performance techniques; starting with the piano.
Transcript of PROBES #7, curated by Chris Cutler.
This music selection investigates further preparations of stringed and brass instruments, in the quest for novel sounds.
This sixth programme draws a map and explores some of the outer reaches of string and wind preparations.
Transcript of PROBES #6, curated by Chris Cutler.
This music selection investigates further ways of piano preparations: will the torture never end?
More ways to torture pianos, some of them rather extraordinary.
Transcript of PROBES #5, curated by Chris Cutler.
In this music selection we look further into sliding pitches, before moving on to wholly unpitched probes that begin to map the many aspects of differentiated noise.
From portamenti to the contested territory of noise.
Transcript of PROBES #4, curated by Chris Cutler.
In this music selection we look further at probes into pitch, this time through its effective obliteration.
This is where pitch becomes weightless and all that is solid melts into air: futurism, noise, electricity, ecstasy and uncertainty. We look at the lure of sliding tones.
Transcript of PROBES #3, curated by Chris Cutler.
Alternative tuning systems based on the naturally occurring harmonic series.
Should music be in harmony with the laws of physics, or adjusted to fit the wishful thinking of stave notation?
Transcript of PROBES #2, curated by Chris Cutler.
In this music selection we look further at microtonal divisons based on equal temperament.
As music moved from eye to ear following the invention of the phonograph, composers began to listen to the notes between the lines and spaces.
Transcript of our new Curatorial series PROBES #1, curated by Chris Cutler.
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