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Tools: chamber works of Ned McGowan

by Various Artists

Deep and forceful expression, combined with great charm and wit.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Tools: 1. Hexnut
Hexnut
0:16 $0.35
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2. Tools: 2. Dual Track Grinder
Hexnut
0:19 $0.35
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3. Tools: 3. Wire Mesh
Hexnut
0:52 $0.59
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4. Tools: 4. Hole Punch
Hexnut
2:30 $0.99
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5. Tools: 5. Pneumatic Screed
Hexnut
0:12 $0.35
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6. Tools: 6. Pneumatic Screed Extension Handle
Hexnut
0:05 $0.29
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7. Tools: 7. Pneumatic Screed Extension Handle Cover
Hexnut
0:05 $0.29
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8. Tools: 8. Telescopic Ladder
Hexnut
2:58 $0.99
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9. Tools: 9. Stripped Hexnut
Hexnut
0:49 $0.59
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10. Moonrise
Ned McGowan
10:39 $0.99
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11. Urban Turban
Duo Vertigo
8:13 $0.99
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12. Alap
Axyz Ensemble
16:51 $0.99
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13. Workshop
Susanna Borsch
12:03 $0.99
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14. Stone Soup
Bhedam
9:28 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Known for its brutality and humor, the award winning Tools is featured on this compilation of chamber works by composer Ned McGowan. The other pieces, whether for solo flute, marimba duo, recorder and industrial machines or jazz ensemble with Indian percussion, reflect McGowan's deep and forceful expression, combined with great charm and wit. His extensive set of compositional tools is evident within the hushed flute melodies, virtuoso key slap solos, proportional, non-Western and Metal rhythms, dramatic silences, climactic voice solos, melodic tone rows, and orchestral chaos's. An exciting and evocative voice.

Tracks (all compositions by Ned McGowan):

Tools (2003) 8:03 - performed by Hexnut
1. Tools: Hexnut
2. Tools: Dual Track Grinder
3. Tools: Wire Mesh
4. Tools: Hole Punch
5. Tools: Pneumatic Screed
6. Tools: Pneumatic Screed Extension Handle
7. Tools: Pneumatic Screed Extension Handle Cover
8. Tools: Telescopic Ladder
9. Tools: Stripped Hexnut

10. Moonrise (1998) 10:36 - Ned McGowan flute

11. Urban Turban (2001) 8:11 - Duo Vertigo, Claire Edwardes and Niels Meliefste marimbas

12. Alap (2005) 16:52 - Axyz Ensemble

13. Workshop (2004) 12:01 - Susanna Borsch recorder, tape

14. Stone Soup (2001) 9:21 - Bhedam


Hexnut: Susanna Borsch recorder, Gijs Levelt trumpet, Ere Lievonen piano, Ned McGowan flute

Axyz Ensemble: Kristina Fuchs voice, Susanna Borsch recorders, Ned McGowan flute & contrabass flute,
Ainhoa Miranda clarinet & bass clarinet, Sebastian Borsch bass clarinet & contrabass clarinet,
Peter Bogaert violin, Manuel Visser viola, Anne Magda de Geus cello, Stefan Pliquett double bass
Tatiana Koleva percussion

Bhedam: Oene van Geel violin, Gijs Levelt trumpet, Tobias Klein bass clarinet, Ned McGowan flute
Jozef Dumoulin keyboard, Mark Haanstra fretless electric bass, B.C. Manjunath mredangam
Srihari kanjeera & gatham


- review by Guy Livingston in "Paris Transatlantic"
"My girlfriend unexpectedly turned on the vacuum cleaner while I was listening to this, and I thought, hey, what a cool effect, but the timing's wrong! as it almost blended with Amsterdam-based Ned McGowan’s complex and sensitive use of machine noises. Combining acoustic instruments with machine sounds is nothing new, of course, but the composer’s treatment of mechanistic noises is like a Tinguely sculpture in its sensitivity and humor. In Tools, machines accompany the live instruments and take their own solos – "these machines are your friends".. but watch out, they could kill you later. The sound quality is exceptional – from the frightening horror-movie of a slowly rising freight elevator to the exuberant bangs of compressors and pile drivers. On top of it all, and ultimately the real musical focal point, are the acoustic instruments. Performer, improviser, and composer McGowan has assembled around himself a tribe of dedicated musicians who perform the most fiendishly difficult rhythms with flair and ease. Recorder player Susanna Borsch deserves special mention for her virtuosity throughout, most notably in “Workshop,” combining American irreverence with a "New Dutch" rhythmic drive. Opting for a highly-composed framework, but with many openings for improvisation, McGowan also has a strong background in Indian music, which is particularly evident in “Stone Soup,” even if it veers a bit close to pop-ness. (B. C. Manjunath plays the mredangam, and Srihari plays kanjeera and gatham – look them up). I kept thinking while listening to this of Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers, a wonderful video by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Nilsson (go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1UpHUN2PEM) in which the performers – an obscure rock band from some bleak town in northern Europe – break into a tatty bourgeois apartment, and play all sorts of retro household appliances, creating a distinct sound for each room, unique and precise. Tools is also packed with discreet acoustic rooms, some more resonant than others, but all proving that, when operating heavy machinery, subtlety pays off."

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