Steve Roden: Flower & Water (Dragon’s Eye Recordings, 2014)

November 9, 2014 at 12:43 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Steve Roden: Flower & Water

Steve Roden: Flower & Water

This album was created using only one record as source material: a George Winston flexi-disc originally released in 1989, as the first release on the now-resurrected Dragon’s Eye Recordings label. The record was released in two versions (red and black) and isn’t even listed on Discogs, but limited quantities of both versions are still available from the Dragon’s Eye website. Winston, of course, is well known for his season-themed solo piano compositions, and Roden turns these recordings inside out, both physically manipulating the flexi-disc and processing the sounds digitally. Thus, the crackling and stretching sounds form the fabric of these compositions, with stray piano notes poking out and sometimes looping and cascading, especially on the longer tracks. There’s several shorter tracks here, which seem to be the more physical manipulations of the disc, and help the listener to understand how such eerie sounds were created from the original discs. But ultimately the longer pieces are more rewarding, simply because pianos get looped more, and it’s more hypnotic.

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