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Immersion: Music of Jordan Nobles

by Negative Zed & Jordan Nobles

The Juno Nominated composition "Immersion" by composer Jordan Nobles is performed by Vancouver-based ensemble Negative Zed in a cavernous, reverberant chamber deep underneath the ground.
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1. Immersion, Pts. 1 - 4
Negative Zed & Jordan Nobles
26:51 album only
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2. Deep Breath
Mark McGregor & Jordan Nobles
23:36 album only
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3. Deep Water
Kelly Nobles, Julian Nobles & Jordan Nobles
16:57 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jordan Nobles' piece "Immersion" has been nominated for ‘Classical Composition of the Year’ at the 2017 Juno Awards.

Immersion

In 2014 Metro Vancouver workers were in the final stages of completing an extensive new water treatment facility at the Capilano Reservoir in North Vancouver. A key element of the facility was the Break Head Tank, an enormous concrete bunker connected to 7 km of water tunnels that allow Capilano water to be pumped to the Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant for treatment — but to the uninitiated, this space looked more like the high-vaulted subterranean passageways of some Tolkien-inspired superstructure, rather than any sort of functional regional infrastructure.

In preparing a documentary on the building of the plant, and noticing that the tank boasted an impressive 20+ seconds of reverb, Metro Vancouver staff reached out to composer Jordan Nobles to consider the unique opportunity to compose a new musical work for performance in this underground chamber, before the tank was permanently filled with water. The original plan was to have an audience descend into the break head chamber for the performance, but safety concerns made this impractical. In the end, it was decided that the musicians would perform in the space and the performance would form the basis for the documentary that would explore a piece of the water system normally unseen. Shortly afterward, the Break Head tank began its service as part of Metro Vancouver's water system, and was flooded with water forever.

Nobles’ piece, fittingly entitled Immersion, is a four-part, 27-minute suite for mixed instruments and voice, perfectly crafted to exploit the break head tank’s unique acoustics. This recording was done in four single takes, without any overdubs, edits, or audio effects. This is, essentially, exactly how it sounded in this incredible space on a chilly October morning in 2014.

The final two works on this album were studio-made, but still reflect the spirit through which Immersion was born. Deep Breath (2015) previously existed as a piece for ten flutes called Hive (2008), which was multi-track recorded by flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor and then slowed down to 4x its original speed. This new, 24-minute work transforms the typically nimble flutes into a chorus of fog horns, giving the listener the unsettling feeling that they’ve been cast adrift at sea.

Deep Water (2016), the most recent work on this album, features an assortment of waterphones, cups, bowls, bottles, straws — and, as one might suspect from the title, water. Performed by the composer’s family, the sounds have have been artfully assembled and modified to create a soundscape that weaves effortlessly between the sinister and the serene.

TRACKS
1. Immersion (Parts 1-4)
Performers: Negative Zed Ensemble: Mark McGregor – flute; Colin MacDonald – saxophones; Adrian Verdejo – guitar; Martin Fisk – percussion; Katie Rife – percussion; Kelly Nobles – voice & glockenspiel; Karen Gerbrecht – violin; Rebecca Wenham – cello; and Mark Haney – doublebass
Recorded in an underground ‘Breakhead Tank’ chamber beneath Capilano Lake in North Vancouver, BC, October 10, 2014
Immersion is dedicated to Marianne Pengelly.
Recorded and mixed by: Paul Luchkow

2. Deep Breath
Performer: Mark McGregor, flutes

3. Deep Water
Performers: Kelly Nobles and Julian Nobles: waterphones, water vessels, water

Composer - Jordan Nobles www.jordannobles.com
Cover Art: Mark McGregor
TK441 © 2016 Redshift Music, January 29. 2016

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