A rarity for followers of kotoist Brett Larner, False Bob Minor is a self-released EP by the Middletown Society of College Youths. The only piece it contains sounds like serialism on a pentatonic scale. The six-piece ensemble performs a set of cycling notes of equal duration. Pitch, volume, and point of entry follow changing patterns and provide the music's dynamics, further enhanced by choreography. Larner performs on acoustic slide guitar -- close to the koto in principle, one could argue, but this is a very different adventure and, for the most part, the instrument remains in the background. The instrumentation includes accordion (Pete Cafarella), oboe (Rafael Cohen), alto and tenor saxophones (Seth Misterka and Jackson Moore, respectively), and violin (Rachel Thompson). The piece was recorded live in April 1997 by James Fei. It sounds very much like a student piece performed by a students ensemble, as the name suggests. Interesting to illustrate the musical activities in Middletown, CT, at the time, it is hardly an essential item.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture