Ethan Rose – Singing Tower. Label: Locust Music – Locust 88. Format: CDr, Mini. All sounds originally gathered from the automated carillon located in the Hoover Tower at Stanford University. Metal packaging directly inspired by the automatic mechanism that intones the bells. Designed by Kari Merkl. Insert design and printing by Adam Porterfield. Special thanks to all involved, especially Timothy Zerlang and Todd Fair.
Ethan Rose is an experimental ambient music producer from Portland, OR, who is influenced by musiquè concrete and whose interests include music boxes and player pianos. Affiliated with the Chicago-based independent label Locust, Rose made his full-length album debut in 2006 with Ceiling Songs. 2004), and Singing Tower (2007).
The Dot and the Line" reproduces not just the precise, rolling notes of the player piano but the hum of the music roll's turn. The crank of the windup key inhabits the blank space of "Miniature & Sea". Rose's additions are wooden and damp, at their best they recall the handcrafted boxes and constructs that held his machines.
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The genesis of Ethan Rose’s latest album, Oaks, comes from samples he recorded of a 1926 Wurlitzer organ located in the Oaks Park Skating Rink in Portland, Oregon. However, the album isn't simply a compilation of these raw samples, as Rose manipulated the sound sources using digital processing to create ambient drones that unfurl with both beauty and grace. The tones conjured in On Wheels Rotating, for example, are bright and melodic, coating the ears like honey. Rose has already proven that he can hang with the best of ’em - his previous albums, Ceiling Songs, Spinning Pieces, and Singing Tower are especially well put together - but all of his music hinges on the same basic premise. Hopefully the future will see Rose branching out into something more distinctive, if only to avoid getting lost in a sea of clones.
The instrument in question is a 1926 Wurlitzer Theater Organ, which, in a different era, used to accompany silent film projection, before getting moved to the Oaks Amusement Park. All the sounds heard on the album have been sourced from that organ, but it takes a certain leap of faith to believe that claim
NotesAll sounds originally gathered from the automated carillon located in the Hoover Tower at Stanford University.
Metal packaging directly inspired by the automatic mechanism that intones the bells. Designed by Kari Merkl.
Insert design and printing by Adam Porterfield.
Special thanks to all involved, especially Timothy Zerlang and Todd Fair.
Handnumbered edition of 40.