Morphogenesis - Formative Causation
  Year :   1997
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   CD
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Label: Mycophile

  Work Details  
  Morphogenesis first album is a collection of excerpts from long improvisations recorded during the first year after the groups formation in 1985. Throughout all seven pieces presented here, the emphasis is on texture rather than any kind of virtuosic displays. Seldom can any sound be identified as a belonging to a specific instrument, and the groups use of electronics to modify the instrumental sounds provides additional confusion regarding the sonic origins. Although there are occasional piano chords on Cavity of Light, more often the players are inside the piano, bowing and plucking the strings rather than playing them in a conventional manner. Adam Bohman s violin makes its presence known, but often he prepares it with different objects, as well as providing amplification, so sometimes even this instrument is difficult to identify. Most often, the group sets up an electronic drone of some kind, then finds some other set of noises to punctuate the drone. Often the drone includes shortwave radio, which establishes a connection with Karlheinz Stockhausen s renowned intuitive music from the late 60s, as does their use of a sound projector who mixes and filters the other instrumentalists during the performance. The background can be gentle, as on Isobar where the sounds of rain are used, or roaring, as on Entelechy where it is loud and filled with feedback. Overall the range of sounds produced by this group is stunning in its variety, non-idiomatic improvisation at its best. ~ Caleb Deupree, All Music Guide. Accessed 7.12.06 from