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“Happened By Accident” by Peter Orins

After experimenting with randomness and electronic transformation (see Empty Orchestras – 2014), Peter Orins returns this time with his only drum set, and some objects, bowls, wood, shells…
As an improviser, he is interested in sound textures, the ambiguity of timbres and their production, the saturation of sounds or the harmonics specific to each instrument: make it possible to hear both the “microscopic” noises of skins or metals rubbed, struck, prepared, at very low power, and the acoustic pressures felt at high volume.
His approach focuses on chance, on the uncontrolled via small accidents, acoustic interactions between objects, percussions, resonances and sympathies due to certain frequencies or vibrations. This results in a certain form of fragility, clumsiness or imprecision, not only integrated but also desired, which transcends errors into necessarily unexpected effects, into an unintentional discovery, which in turn establishes another relationship with time.
His work, influenced in particular by his encounter with minimal music and composers such as Michael Pisaro, James Saunders or Anthony Pateras, led him to approach James Tenney’s piece “Having Never Written A Note For Percussion” (from the Postal Pieces, written in 1971), a piece that combines the musician’s various concerns with time, progression, dynamics and the richness of the timbres…
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released March 22, 2019