Carl Stone

Four Pieces

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Stone's first mini-album is a collection of four pieces of digitally manipulated source material, stretched, hacked to pieces, or rearranged endlessly, more often than not resulting in something warm and beautiful, not harsh and distanced. Of the four pieces here, "Shing Kee" is the most devastating, a small loop of a Beethoven song -- piano and vocalist -- added and subtracted to for 15 minutes. Stone adds granular synthesis, echo, and other effects to it until the piece takes on a deep pallor of anguish, longing, and attractive sadness. It's the musical equivalent of a universe in a grain of sand. "Sonali" and "Hop Ken" both toy with Mozart and Mussorsgy, respectively, but use a method of cutting up the sound into split-second fragments, then stitching them back together, as if a fast-forward button on a CD player could assemble melody. "Shing Kee" and a retitled "Wall Me Do" found their way onto the release Mom's the following year.

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