Tim Olive: metal strips, rubber tubing, tuning forks, clockwork motors, metal teeth, bow, electromagnets, cassette playback head, magnetic pickups, octave divider, preamps
Rec. Jan-Feb 2021, Kobe
Mastered by Anne-F Jacques
Cover by Evan Lindorff-Ellery
Original cassette release on Notice Recordings, October 2021
From Notice Recordings:
Tim Olive returns for his third album on Notice, a rare solo outing from this avid collaborator. “Ribbon” is a document of his highly developed relationship with amplified object manipulation, in a manner most cathartic and engaged, and yet informed by compositional sensibility. This release is constructed from multiple tracks of a variety of sound sources recorded in his studio in Kobe, Japan; these tracks have then been edited and layered, in shifting densities and evolving textures. Despite the abrasiveness of these recordings, there is a certain kind of sensuality in their interactions. One may sense that these pieces can be touched, as if the air has become solidified, like slowly forming glass, flecked with mineral impurities, a movement shuddering in locked-place, shedding, bristling with multi-textured shards and strands of sonic material.
Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly:
In good musique concrète, layers are edited and mixed to make a more or less coherent whole. What I find interesting is that Olive maintains an improvised music sensibility. Not in a chaotic way, but not editing too precisely, while at the same time taking care that sounds don't overstay their welcome. Using amplification allows for a particular distortion in his music, but that too is worked on with the highest effort, not to create a noise record, but to allow the noise to be an equal partner in the music. At times this sounds like a classical noise record, early New Blockaders in 'Ribbon 2', and then again, something introspective and 'quiet', culminating in the excellent drone ending of 'Ribbon 4'. At thirty minutes, perhaps short, but all the same, quite powerful as well.
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