world-line presents the forces of ELISION on Huddersfield Contemporary Records for the fourth time, once again pushing the boundaries of instruments in search of visceral, expressive musical experiences. The three works present very different aesthetic approaches, crafting dynamic and innovative sound worlds from the ensemble’s instrumental resources.
Richard Barrett’s world-line
Expanding out from the explosive grinding of lap steel and electronics to an intricate interplay between lap steel, trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion, and electronics, Richard Barrett’s world-line recombines its overlapping movements and sections, continually recontextualising the lap steel guitar against the wider ensemble. The results are riotous and unpredictable, sometimes producing delicate and ethereal tones, other times forming dense and jagged musical interactions, the performers discharging fragmented motifs that ricochet off of one another.