Pauline Oliveros / Eliane Radigue / Yoshi Wada / Sun Circle
( BLKPLN01 / IMPREC263 )
Attention Patterns is a 2 LP + 48 page booklet set featuring new and archival compositions by Pauline Oliveros, Eliane Radigue,Yoshi Wada and Sun Circle, as well as interviews with the composers, scores and related texts. This release brings together composers with shared affinities for long, slowly unfolding durations and unconventional, harmonic approaches to tuning. Each has contributed a full LP side to the compilation. Oliveros’ “Horse Sings from Cloud (Encore)” is a live performance from 1977 that finds her at her most distilled, singing and playing long tones on her justly tuned accordion. Eliane Radigue’s electronic work “Biogenesis,” from 1973, uses recordings of human heartbeats and her ARP synthesizer as its main constituents and is the only piece included on the LPs that has been previously released (it came out as a 3" CD on Metamkine's 'Cinema pour L'oreille' series in 1993). Sound artist and instrument builder, Yoshi Wada, appears with “Reed Modulations,” a new work for harmonium, audio generators and bagpipe, made in collaboration with his son, Tashi Wada. Greg Davis and Zach Wallace, better known as Sun Circle, have contributed “For Yoshi Wada,” an ecstatic and fitting tribute with its oddly tuned free reed drones and percussion.
The accompanying booklet includes several of Oliveros’ “Sonic Meditations”—verbal scores composed in the 1970s that help to form the basis for her concept of “Deep Listening”—and exclusive interviews with Radigue, Wada, and Sun Circle, as well as an in-depth article by Radigue collaborator and cellist, Charles Curtis. Designed by Michele Colomer, the 8.5" x 10", 2 color offset printed booklet is well illustrated, with photos and reproductions of archival ephemera throughout. Attention Patterns was compiled by Che Chen (whose other outings as anthologist have included two issues of O Sirhan, O Sirhan, a zine that has counted Henry Flynt, Bruce McClure, Sir Richard Bishop, Sublime Frequencies, Jessica Rylan, Animal Collective, Deerhoof, Jorge Boehringer and others among it’s featured) and is a co-release between his new imprint, Black Pollen Press, and Important Records (catalog number: BLKPLN01/IMPREC263).
2 LPs, 48 Page Booklet, Letter-pressed Sleeves. Edition of 600.