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Released Jan 13, 2009
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The songs in this album are licensed under: CC BY-NC-SA Please check individual tracks for their respective licensing info.
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Rarebit is the culmination of a four-year project by sound artists and instrument inventors Steve Barsotti and Eric Leonardson. Taking their cues from 20th Century sound artist-inventors Luigi Russolo and Harry Partch, the self-built instruments of Barsotti and Leonardson use coil springs, eyebolts, various pieces of wood and other familiar materials that are amplified by contact microphones, skillfully producing sounds of incredible depth and texture, an amazing richness and variety given their humble origins. Their unique sounds are unlike any made with traditional Western instruments and modern electronic instruments. Given these novel sounds, their music retains human-level gestures as one expects from traditional acoustic music, yet with an emphasis on texture and timbre instead of melody or meter.Rarebit may draw comparisons to the sounds and music of fellow instrument inventors Hal Rammel, Bob Rutman, and the late Hugh Davies. Most of the nine pieces on the CD (nine tracks, 72 minutes total) are improvised pieces and two were composed. They create streams of sound that move fluidly from scene to scene with a communicative style and a dramatic sense of presence and dynamic range: from effervescent burbling, animal-like whines and grunts, to gritty metallic drones that transform into forlorn hissing and ethereal soundscapes. Some passages are nearly silent, breathy, and tranquil. (-via Eric's website)