DANIEL WARNER

 

From the Parenthesis of a Step

A set of elongated haiku, From the Parenthesis of a Step features unembellished sound-events that emerge from, and then retreat back into the surrounding silence, occasionally overlapping or forming sudden pileups. Indebted to the music of Morton Feldman, Brian Eno, and Tangerine Dream, this set of pieces is the point of departure for Warner's recent work.
 
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Inharmonium

Sound samples course through digital circuitry, routed, deflected, and compressed by shifting parameters. Hands on the tracking ball, Warner transforms his Powerbook into the Inharmonium. Firing up the unwieldy mechanism, he orchestrates a voluptuous and unruly ensemble of distorted guitars, bells, woodblocks, and bass drums. Tones scatter and collide, slowly decaying in unexpected combinations. Unfolding slowly and without determinate direction, these eight untitled tracks are nonetheless permeated with the tension of improvisation, each movement erupting newly and unpredictably from the last.
 
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Eight Years of Swimming Lessons

What is the life of a sound? At the point where Karlheinz Stockhausen's Mikrophonie meets Jimi Hendrix' "Star Spangled Banner," Eight Years of Swimming Lessons lets sounds loose and delights in their electronic transformation. Shot into the Powerbook, guitar drones and bell tones cycle and swirl, altered, tripped up, and deflected by gates and filters. The result is an ever-changing ambient environment at once aquatic and galactic where sweeps and fragments of tones and drones live and die.
 
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Mechanisms of Musical Meaning

Like a gamelan in slow motion or a set of oddly tuned mechanical wind chimes, Mechanisms of Musical Meaning features a haunting, clanging, orchestra of bells and plucked strings. Conceptually, the piece is inspired by the unlikeliest combination of sources: computational linguistics and conceptual art. Adapting a computer program intended to model the distribution of meaning in language, these six tracks explore musical "meaning" with all of the serious playfulness of Arakawa and Madeleine Gins' influential installation, The Mechanism of Meaning, from which Warner's piece takes it title. Like language itself, it illuminates the infinite variety of combinations and meanings that a modest collection of elements and rules can produce.
 
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notes by Christoph Cox


 

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