HELEN MIRRA . printing press, acoustic guitar
FRED FRITH . aboriginal rainsticks, bass mbira, charango, music box, shoes and other objects, voice
Like every Helen Mirra’s creation, the frame of this collaboration of the artist with Fred Frith has a conceptual character, but what we have here couldn’t be more praxis-oriented – in such a way that this LP seems to be an improvised music document. Mirra wrote an index for a W.G. Sebalds novel, and used a section of it as the score of this live recording, going from the name “Kwangsi” to the noun “quail”. And no, the steel-string acoustic guitar heard through both sides of this LP wasn’t played by Frith, but by Mirra herself. This time, the former Henry Cow member switched his guitar (and bass guitar, violin, keyboards, all his usual instruments) for a variety of objects, including his shoes and something so puzzling as a pair of aboriginal rainsticks.
The result is a kind of bricolage music. There’s some similarities with Frith’s own graphic score interpretations assembled in “Ston....... more