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GREG DAVIS

Archer

GREG DAVIS

Archer

Layered bowed psaltery making for a shimmering drone courtesy of Greg Davis.

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Shawn David McMillen

Old Bullets

Shawn David McMillen

Old Bullets

Field recordings, Indonesian gongs, bowed electric bass and loose strums...

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A Broken Consort

Something Fell

A Broken Consort

Something Fell

Bowed strings lie at the heart of all of Skelton's work, this being one of his finest pieces.

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THE ALPS

Shuruti

THE ALPS

Shuruti

Layered bowed steel strings and wheezing sounds from Tarentel offshoot band The Alps.

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HRSTA

Blessed Are We Who Seem To Be Losers

HRSTA

Blessed Are We Who Seem To Be Losers

Godspeed You Black Emperor's Mike Moya with a delicate, simmering bowed tapestery.

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PELT

Road To Catawba

PELT

Road To Catawba

Fabuous lengthy Raga from Jack Rose, Mike Gangloff, and Patrick Best.

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Of (Loren Chasse)

Longings On Grey Leaves

Of (Loren Chasse)

Longings On Grey Leaves

Deep bowed tones from this member of the Jewelled Antler collective.

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Ekkehard Ehlers & Paul Wirkus

Guma

Ekkehard Ehlers & Paul Wirkus

Guma

Double bass dissections with bowed and hacked string drones.

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GREGG KOWALSKY

Ashes From Evermore

GREGG KOWALSKY

Ashes From Evermore

Harmonious string based drone work from Kranky's Gregg Kowalsky.

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SPIRAL JOY BAND

A Fading Trail of Sparks

SPIRAL JOY BAND

A Fading Trail of Sparks

Hushed psychedelic chamber music finely detailed with singing Tibetan bowls, gongs and bowed strings.

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LUSINE

Paynes Gray

LUSINE

Paynes Gray

Digital disruption and subtly edited string works from Jeff McIlwain.

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FLOWER-CORSANO DUO

The Drifters Miracles

FLOWER-CORSANO DUO

The Drifters Miracles

Maverick virtuosos Mick Flower and Chris Corsano on a deep, bowed, contemplative excursion.

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HUSH ARBORS

If There Be Spirits, Let Them Come

HUSH ARBORS

If There Be Spirits, Let Them Come

Beautiful 21-minute piece underpinned by field recordings and bowed strings.

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ELEGI

Skrugard

ELEGI

Skrugard

Dark, dank and icy bowed string deployed with suspense and uncertainty in mind.

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks experimenting with bowed strings”

Classical and experimental musicians of all persuasions have a long tradition of making use of bows on both conventional and unusual string instruments (as well as a whole variety of non-stringed ones), the delicate vibrations and friction created between the strings and the hairs on the bow allow for intriguing physical manipulation with often unexpected results. In recent years bowed strings have become commonplace in modern composition, emitting a sound lending itself not only to the kind of screeching crescendos of classic horror film scores but also to installation pieces, drones, Ragas, Bluegrass and all kinds of contemporary sub-genres obsessed with the intense, almost harrowing qualities of the sound. For this week's selection we bring you over two hours of dense experiments with bowed strings, including work by hugely impressive contemporary composer Richard Skelton, pan-generic experimenters Pelt, and the awe-inspiring multi instrumental bowed playing of the acclaimed Spiral Joy Band.

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On 26 May 19:06 Blue Coyote Band said:
http://bluecoyoteband.us

“Is this for string musicians only?”

Is this for string musicians only?

On 27 May 11:50 Christoph said:
http://drago-design.com

“Yes!”

Please leave this site immediately!
;-)

On 28 May 11:50 print & apply said:
http://www.accuplace.com/

I like string musical instrument very much. What do you mean by bowed string . Hereafter I will make a collection of it. According to me the vibration will be sound good only in string instruments.

On 31 May 08:26 Jackson said:
http://www.tricktracklift.co.uk

I just had this link forwarded to me. Seems like a great idea and the music sounds good too. I was going to subscribe to the Atom feed but it doesn't seem to be working. Thought I'd better let you know.

On 08 Jun 15:41 Ali Bolcakan said:
http://belki.wordpress.com

No Arthur Russell? What a shame.

On 09 Jun 15:58 esther danson said:

“Ali Bolcakan”

Arthur Russel was used in the Cello selection here...