Debut LP "Requiem" Out June 7th 2024

An Absurd Exposition and Buried in Slag and Debris Release

REQUIEM is an album of the violin engaged in a multi-dimensional way. Though there is also restrained use of percussion, synthesizer and voice, these compositions are centered on the violin itself and its potential for the creation and destruction of melody, dissonance and unrestricted textures, and its capability for creating distinct environments of sound, ritual, and feeling. There are tonal and melodic elements that bridge European vernacular and classical musics, strains of black metal and death metal, and the 20th-century musique concrète, avant-garde and harsh noise disruptions of traditions and boundaries. Harsh noise may be understood as a legitimate form of folk music that developed primarily in Japan and North America, often expressed in community performance (typically in non-professional settings with little to no money circulating), and generally existing outside of Eurocentric music theory, academia, and (moneyed and often inaccessible) High Art contexts. More specifically, the regional variants of North American harsh noise spanning from Southern California to British Columbia developed into a distinct West Coast Harsh Noise subculture in the early 21st-century. In a sense, this period (re)introduced elements of European harmony and Romanticism, with an emphasis on dramatic melody incorporating string instruments, and exploiting the tension between the consonant (“music”) and the dissonant (harsh noise, with no easily discernible or transcribable musical, melodic, rhythmic or lyrical elements; “anti-music”). In the same ways that technology and globalism have expanded the vocabulary of all art forms, harsh noise has deepend and expanded the spectrum of music and sound art (if they are perceived as separate), and thus the potential for creative expression. It may be deemed an act of liberation, confusion, or iconoclasm to connect and merge these forms of music and anti-music; perhaps analogous to smashing an amplified electric guitar or burning a violin as a means of achieving the instrument’s ultimate dramatic and sonic potential, and guiding the ritual object into a symbolic death. 

- Gordon Ashworth, 2024.

JAPAN TOUR: April 9-13 2024

In support of the release of the "Requiem" debut LP.
Thank you to Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council for supporting this tour.

The release of this record would not be possible without the support of these two dedicated, underground, experimental record labels. Absurd Exposition (releasing Vinyl, Cassette, CD, and Digital) is based in Montreal, Buried in Slag and Debris (releasing Vinyl, Cassette, and Digital) is based in Halifax.

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