Plunge and pull the plow of the pillaged.
With evenness were all oars overwrought,
That upheld pestles upon the upheaved,
And riled and rolled the rakes from the razed.
Hear, how the hurling hammer has halted.
Here then are the forms embedded in the title, painting, and improvised composition enveloping each track of our third album, Canon's Crossbow. These tracks are focused explorations of texture, where we reimagine the evocative capabilities of the piano and laptop beyond the percussing of keys. Let sonic origins and boundaries be blurred.
ARBORANCE is the rooting and branching of sonic seedlings cultivated extemporaneously from prepared piano and extended vocals (Susan Kuo) and live electronics (Brian Riordan).
Parts of these soundscapes were inspired by and have been used in creating the film score for Helene's Story, directed by Tatiana Istomina (tatianaistomina.com/helene.html
released November 1, 2017
Track recording, editing, mixing and mastering by Brian Riordan.
Album concept, graphic design, prose and artwork by Susan Kuo.
Special thanks for David Gerard Matthews for additional mixing assistance