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Julia Wolfe's Dark Full Ride: Music in Multiples - her first album since 2003. It consists of four new compositions, each clocking in at over 15 minutes, each written for multiples of individual instruments - nine bagpipes, four drum sets, six pianos, and eight double basses. Wolfe says, "Like staring for a long time at a Rothko painting, I imagined each of these pieces as an exploration of one color. But in truth an instrument isn't really single timbre. There are a myriad of worlds within each sound."
Working closely with the performers during the composing process, Wolfe uncovers a never-before-heard music. For example, while writing "LAD," she discovered the initial drone produced while filling the bagpipe with air, using that as the piece's introduction. The first seven minutes of the title track "Dark Full Ride" use only a drum set's hi-hats. "my lips from speaking" builds on the piano riff from a classic R&B song to showcase the instrument's ferocity. Finally "Stronghold" shows the bass isn't just about low end.
Says Wolfe: "With each piece I tried to dive into a psychedelic landscape, at one multilayered, fractured, ecstatic, silent, driving, cacophonous, and direct."
released November 10, 2009
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