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Darker by Adam James Wilson - Katt Hernandez - Arto Artinian

Avant-garde multi-instrumentalist Adam James Wilson is an improviser who procures microtonal concepts and action-based sound sculpting, influenced by experimentalists such as John Cage and others. With this effort, Wilson performs on a replica of Harry Partch’s Harmonic Canon stringed instrument, which sounds like a warbled, de-tuned guitar.

Here, Wilson generally plucks dissonant lines amid Arta Artinian’s terse flute passages and Katt Hernandez’ streaming violin movements for a set that defies categorization. In effect, the trio works within a hodgepodge of metrics, pulses and winding discourses. And the minimalism is augmented by moving sound masses.

They conjure up abstract, Middle Eastern modalities to coincide with their occasional chants and eerie, extended note diatribes. Sure, cacophony serves as a predominant factor, yet there are many curiously interesting propositions scattered throughout this somewhat bizarre, sound-shaping extravaganza.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Adam James Wilson - Katt Hernandez - Arto Artinian
  • CD Title: Darker
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Stone Quarry Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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