MAY I BORROW YOUR EARS FOR A SPELL?
What I am about to say is about two unique mixes of a long work Tom Furgas and I are calling 'WEREWOLF Music For Educational Architecture' (A & B), and sharing here on Electronic Cottage.
I am retiring after 20 years of teaching reading, writing and art this year, and decided to memorialize the school I now teach in - and the one my daughters went to - by finding music in it and making a composition out of what I can gather.
Holding my trusty ZOOM stereo recorder - I walked around the building inside and out, starting with a very talented grey bird in a cone-shaped tree out front - who announces sunrise every morning while teachers unload kids from cars - and hitting everything that might make a sound with a small hard mallet. I caught single or double phrases in different time-signatures, and used my heartbeat and breathing as a 'clock' to get these bits in the same count-y, so to speak. 1000 edits, easily, putting THE WEREWOLF [Music for Educational Architecture] foundation sourcetrack together. Very fun.
I am refining a compositional method that starts with The Eye, long before letting my ears know what anything I'm manipulating visually sounds like. This music initially derived from the patterns, shapes, and symmetry of adjacent waveforms. What went into 'WEREWOLF'? A lotta Partch, some liberties borrowed from Ives, and a sprig of Hindemith. Call me a nerd... whatev's.
This stereo mix of my foundational composition was sent off to Tom Furgas, who then added to the 'narrative' from his own sound sources, and made these two mixes.
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[August 14, 1959 - ] is a through-improviser, composer, educator, instrument builder, outsider artist and published writer living in an old house in Eden, North Carolina. Hart has recorded and performed original music since 1979, has an archival catalog of over 100 releases, much of which is available [for free] via online platforms, and wrote reviews of indie music for Sound Choice, Option, Op, and other print mags during the 80’s-90’s. Today, Hart manages his HandMaid Product label and Bandcamp imprint for the issuance of new challenging music, is recording a 3rd record with the space-prog band MOON MEN, and plays as a guest on many friends’ projects. Bret Hart frequently can be found improvising with Triad-area NC musicians, and will be retiring as a public school literacy and arts educator at the end of Summer 2019.