layne garrett

constraint + intuition. strange tunings + circumstance + things i find on the sidewalk. noise + drift + collapse.

live in pittsburgh 2007

the tuning is b - f# - b - f# - f# - a.

[ tags: guitar bowl fingerstyle ] [ genres: acoustic experimental ] [ info: 15:00ish mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

new hampshire

work-in-progress. consists entirely of sound recorded during a recent winter camping trip to smarts mtn in new hampshire (and guitar recorded the next day in the inter-zone b/w woods and all the rest). headphones strongly encouraged to mitigate the muddiness (everything recorded to mini-disc w/ relatively crappy mic in less-than-ideal conditions, must-keep-recorder-close-to-heart-so-batteries-don't-freeze-must-keep-fingers-from-falling-off conditions........)

[ tags: cold crunchingfootsteps humanagain ] [ genres: electroacoustic field recording ] [ info: 4:00 mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

the answers are all around, if you care to look

what happened when i kept playing masters of war over and over. confusion is hope. (spring 04.)

[ tags: hope confusion foldsofthekingsrobes ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: 7:00 mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

with just what is our soul built

slipping, hardening, becoming-given - contingencies transubstantiate into cultural assumptions. this song brings it all to the fore - the path to freedom - one listen is all it takes. (spring 04.)

[ tags: endogenouscollapse thepathtofreedom ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: 9:00 mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]


a new song with elevator squeaks and a piece of metal between the strings. (fall 04.)

[ tags: freightelevator metalbetweenthestrings kandinsky ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: 5:00 mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

on heaps of nothing

an old song, darkly soothing, soothingly dark. (fall 2001.)

[ tags: dark soothing heaps ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: 11:00 mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

[untitled1.. michael kenna]

[this piece, and the next 5, were composed for the soundtracks of short artist bio dvds featuring these and other contemporary photographers.] wandering in the dark by a river ... hours-long exposures, sitting alone with the shutter open in the middle of the night, while the lens painstakingly collects what little light there is ... "that sense of being alone in a vast space" ... slow-moving solo guitar establishes a full, bodily presence amidst shimmering textures that drift across each other, giving form to a sort of moist, fog-drenched sonic environment ... (spring 05.)

[ tags: fogdrenched soundsforimages aloneinavastspace ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

[untitled2.. michael kenna]

... the calais lace factories ... layers of percussive noise reminiscent of the stilted rhythms of industry ... not abrasive, though - instead, the beauty within the harshness of decay ... melancholy pacing, as the images even in their allure serve to mourn the "general deterioration" the passing of time has wrought on the factory and its workers. (spring 05.)

[ tags: stilted soundsforimages industrialdecay ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

to l.a. hate love i [melanie pullen]

melanie pullen stages crime scenes using models done up in high-fasion style. they are usually alone, the victims, in some desolate 3-a.m.-in-l.a. kind of landscape. this track is built from samples of surf style, a night at the club constructed from cut-up convertibles cruising through the smog. (spring 05.)

[ tags: soundsforimages losangeles crimescene ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

the l.a. county coroner whistles while he works [melanie pullen]

goofy whistled melody over sugary classical gtr. sugary, like cough syrup. the coroner is stuck with you the morning after. (spring 05.)

[ tags: whistled sugar themorningafter ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

[untitled1.. jerry uelsmann]

light and twangy - for uelsmann saying something about how when he dies his prices are going to go up. (spring 05.)

[ tags: soundsforimages twonk twang ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

[untitled2.. jerry uelsmann]

minor-key ruminations for j.u.'s surreal nostalgia. (spring 05.)

[ tags: ruminate nostalgia soundsforimages ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

prepared guitar sketch 1, for (another) robert johnson

first in a series of live (edited for length but no overdubs) experiments/improvisations with prepared guitar--this one involved a drumstick, a couple of pieces of metal, and alot of delay. r.johnson is a guy i've been talking to alot lately, a patient at a homeless medical clinic where i'm doing a music project. he's got a broken hip and he's tired of sitting still. (fall 04.)

[ tags: preparedgtr delay tiredofsittingstill ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

prepared guitar sketch 2

a little less delay and a kazoo hanging from the neck. (fall 04.)

[ tags: kazoodguitar ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

prepared guitar sketch 3, roland coltrane's defiance

this one is on acoustic guitar, with sawing drumstick. coltrane is another of the clinic's patients. like almost all of them there, he articulates in precise terms a deeply felt personal sense of anger and betrayal for social and political circumstances that destroy communities and leave so many with so little. (fall 04.)

[ tags: defiance preparedgtr sawing ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

prepared guitar sketch 4, shishmaref sinking

the city is sinking under water, what are you going to do but move the city? (fall 04.)

[ tags: recognize retreat revel ] [ genres: *none* *none* ] [ info: mp3 ccbysa2.5 ]

the artist lives in washington dc and plays in the improv duo THE CUTEST PUPPY IN THE WORLD. he's always looking for collaborators. visit his website for more, including a double cd set of improvised music (all available for free download). email him, tell him what you think.

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