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Edward Hamel : Gray Neon Life (2012)

from asinglewordisnotenough by Seth Parker Woods



When Seth approached me to write a new
work with the idea of speaking while playing, I
thought it appropriate to use text from SAMO©, a
collaborative tag used by Jean-Michel Basquiat
and Al Diaz found around New York City. I wanted
the finished composition to be equally affected
by Seth as it was myself. I focused more on
choreography and trajectory of movement rather
than the organization of musical elements.
Other than the opening harmonics, there are no
specified pitches throughout the music. All of
the melody and harmony in Gray Neon Life are
creative choices made by Seth. My preliminary
notes of Gray Neon Life are illegible. They were
written freely, violently and smeared across
numerous pages. The process of writing the notes
became more influential than what I was actually
planning musically which allowed me to be more
free and spontaneous in the writing process,
relying less on systems and procedures and being
a bit more messy and physical. - EH


from asinglewordisnotenough, released November 25, 2016


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Seth Parker Woods Chicago, Illinois

Critiqued as "a cellist of power and grace" (The Guardian), cellist Seth Parker Woods has established a diverse career that straddles the worlds of classical, contemporary, electronics and performance art. He worked with artists ranging from Heinz Holier, G.F. Haas, and Klaus Lang to Peter Gabriel, Sting,and Aldo Tambellini.
He holds a PhD in Performance from the University of Huddersfield (UK).
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