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Radical Reconstructive Surgery by Scotty Hard

Everything in this recording tells me that the music is electronically generated until I hear the piano, the organ, bass and drums. The music becomes organic. The acoustic instrumental sounds evolve into digital facsimiles of themselves. The digital sounds weave throughout the acoustic ones and the result is a continuous straightforward line. This line of music evokes a journey to a place that is unknowable until it is reached. Composer/producer Scotty Hard makes the music happen with Matthew Shipp, John Medeski, William Parker, Nasheet Waits, Mauricio Takara and DJ Olive.

Some of the sporadic repetitions trigger the imagination of an IV drip and the beeping of multiple body-function monitors. All the elements for measuring and detecting life are here. The colorful connective tissues binding the components of a machine-made skeletal structure are created out of the surges of the electric organ, the phrasings of the piano, the hiss of the drums and the plucking of the bass.

The melding of the digital, electronic and the acoustic is the intention. This is the surgical procedure. The density of the music is a matter of finding how to mix the sonic waves in proper proportion. All the instruments and sound-making devices perform in perfect balance within each cut or from cut to cut. Sometimes, one instrumentation line floats on top of all the others. Sometimes, there are no electronics in the mix. Sometimes, all you can hear is the electronics. But, everything needs shaking up once in awhile and all the ingredients eventually settle. The key factor in any one cut often is the mastering of a mysterious atmosphere. In the overall heaviness of the music are sparks of breathing and a beating heart. The rhythm of life arises out of innumerable possibilities for its eventuality.

Finding the zone to feeling good in this world of music isn’t easy. This recording shows you how.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Scotty Hard
  • CD Title: Radical Reconstructive Surgery
  • Genre: Progressive
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Thirsty Ear
  • Musicians: Matthew Shipp (piano), John Medeski (organ), William Parker (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums), Mauricio Takara (drums), DJ Olive (electronics, turntable)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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