candlesnuffer aka david brown

... money's dark night ...

with Pateras/Baxter/Brown
Ataxia CD
Synaesthesia, 2004

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Prepared piano, percussion and prepared guitar combine to formulate an impulse-based meta-instrument on this startling debut from Melbourne trio Pateras/Baxter/Brown. ..... Ataxia (meaning the loss of muscular coordination) explores a distinctive sound world where timbres rebound and melt within an elastic performative framework. Dynamically oscillating between delicacy & brutality, Ataxia contains everything from textural assault to contemplative explorations of space.

... After an epileptic start, the trio moves from careful contemplation and held-back anger to elastic aggressiveness and back again. Think Feldman-like repetitions with Xenakis-like spastic convulsions. Acoustic ramshackles keep collapsing until they create manic seizures and compulsive fits in an alien kind of stuttering prepared piano grindcore, only to return to the jerky meditations performed earlier.