(Ten Pounds To The Sound)

Cogburn and Allport belong to that race of improvisers that explore the no man’s land between frictional development and ear-filling resonance. The 20 minutes of this 3-inch CD make full use of the most obvious qualities of alternative percussion, which they exploit with asymmetric grace and cryptic associations amidst the environmental noise of the Vancouver site in which these recordings were made. Rustling and scraping start the process, many moments of quasi-silent phenomena are deployed; but the most effective music is the one generated by the howling waves that the players elicit in long segments of auricular rubbing, which I instinctively associated to the work of Jon Mueller. This kind of territory remains fertile enough, even given its pretty well known basic coordinates; the repeat mode won’t hurt a deeper appreciation of this duo’s effort.

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