R. Weis | Excitable Audible

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Excitable Audible

by R. Weis

14 songs of manipulated sound by internationally-known artist who composes with original samples of commonplace, everyday sounds.
Genre: Avant Garde: Sound Art
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  Song Share Time Download
1. This Tape is Trash
4:39 $0.99
2. Casserole & Singing Bowl
3:49 $0.99
3. Plastic Foil Rubber
3:10 $0.99
4. Cardboard Serenade
4:09 $0.99
5. Buzz Electrica
3:35 $0.99
6. Casserole Around
3:39 $0.99
7. Tubular March
2:16 $0.99
8. Lullaby
4:10 $0.99
9. These Buttons are Trash
5:17 $0.99
10. Spinning Steel
2:57 $0.99
11. Vocalise
3:24 $0.99
12. Shimmer
3:20 $0.99
13. Kirby's Ball
4:41 $0.99
14. Casserole Solo
2:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Pay attention to the sounds around you,” says internationally-known composer of manipulated sound R. Weis who releases “Excitable Audible,” his new CD of 14 songs created exclusively from original samples of commonplace sounds including trash hitting the trash can, plastic lids spinning, kitchen dishes rattling, the dog’s ball bouncing and squeak toy squeaking, as well as Weis’ own voice. Songs range from up-tempo to otherworldly and celebrate the everyday sounds and sound-making objects in artist Weis’ home environment. For more information, visit rweis.com.

“Excitable Audible” continues Weis’ explorations of manipulated sound that began in the mid 1980s when, working as a poet, he began to manipulate cassette tape as accompaniment during presentations of his creative writing. These early audio experiments were so exciting that, in the early 1990s, he abandoned writing to focus exclusively on compositions of manipulated sound. Since then, his work has been heard at many performance spaces, galleries, museums, and on radio in the US and Europe, which includes solo projects as well as collaborations with film, visual art, and dance.

“There are so many fantastic sounds in our daily lives that we hear but ignore,” says Weis. “With this new CD I’m challenging the audience to appreciate these sounds and hear what can be created from them.” Weis used only 19 samples to compose the new songs, with several samples making multiple appearances, notably a ceramic casserole with its glass lid rocking rhythmically as it was unloaded from the dishwasher. Also among the 19 samples are stainless steel bowls spinning, cardboard tubes dropping, rubber bands twanging, a Tibetan singing bowl reverberating (a gift from a friend), and the annoying buzz from Weis’ studio track lights. Vocal samples include Weis’ improvised five- and eight-tone lyrical phrases which are composed into interlocking melodic themes. The songs are each made from just 2 or 3 of these samples intertwined with one another.

To create this CD, Weis improvised with each of the original samples, manipulating and combining them at different speeds and pitches until new sonic patterns emerged. Portions of each sample repeat hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of times. “Excitable Audible” was created over a period of more than two years, from 2009 to 2011. See also R. Weis' CD "Mystery of the Egg."

1. This Tape is Trash – 4:39 (Samples 1 and 2)
2. Casserole & Singing Bowl – 3:49 (Samples 3, 4 and 10)
3. Plastic Foil Rubber – 3:10 (Samples 5, 6 and 17)
4. Cardboard Serenade – 4:09 (Samples 7 and 8)
5. Buzz Electrica – 3:36 (Samples 7, 9 and 18)
6. Casserole Around – 3:39 (Samples 3 and 10)
7. Tubular March – 2:16 (Samples 7 and 8)
8. Lullaby – 4:10 (Samples 7 and 11)
9. These Buttons are Trash – 5:18 (Samples 4, 12 and 19)
10. Spinning Steel -- 2:57 (Samples 10 and 13)
11. Vocalise – 3:24 (Samples 5 and 8)
12. Shimmer – 3:20 (Samples 10 and 14)
13. Kirby’s Ball – 4:41 (Samples 15, 16 and 19)
14. Casserole Solo – 2:40 (Sample 3)

EXCITABLE AUDIBLE was created exclusively from these original manipulated samples:
Sample 1 -- Used Wad of Painter’s Tape Hitting Aluminum Trash Can
Sample 2 -- Improvised 5 Tone Vocal Phrase I
Sample 3 -- Glass Casserole Lid Rocking on Ceramic Casserole
Sample 4 -- Tibetan Singing Bowl
Sample 5 -- Spinning Plastic Lid from Coffee Creamer
Sample 6 -- Rocking Foil Liner from Coffee Can
Sample 7 -- Two Cardboard Tubes Dropping
Sample 8 -- Single Vocal Tone
Sample 9 -- Electrical Buzz from Track Lights
Sample 10 -- Blowing Over Plastic Bottle
Sample 11 -- Improvised 8 Tone Vocal Phrase
Sample 12 -- Two Old Buttons Hitting Aluminum Trash Can
Sample 13 -- Stainless Steel Serving Bowls Spinning on Stainless Steel Tray
Sample 14 -- Stainless Steel Serving Bowls and Stack of Dinner Plates
Sample 15 -- Stack of Dinner Plates
Sample 16 -- Kirby’s Rubber Ball Bouncing
Sample 17 -- Rubber Band
Sample 18 -- Improvised 5 Tone Vocal Phrase II
Sample 19 -- Kirby’s Squeak Toy



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