John Oswald

Grayfolded: Transitive Axis

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In 1994, Oswald was invited to "plunderphonicize" the music of the legendary rock band the Grateful Dead, and he went through over a hundred performances from 1969 upward (onward) to accumulate over 40 hours of tape. The music he chose was the unnamed song, sometimes simply referred to as "It," a open, simple modal improvisation that suggests a kind of celestial yearning or universal understanding. He has a soloist "harmonizing with himself over the years," interrelates and studies details of isolated gestures, and creates multiple overlays of the band that add a depth and texture perhaps more in the mind of the group than was actually realized, or realizable, in live performance. After analyzing and organizing the original material over several years, two separate CDs were made (the last shortly before Jerry Garcia's death) from this compositional process: Grayfolded: Transitive Axis (utilizing 51 of the original performances) and Grayfolded: Mirror Ashes. These are now available as a two-CD set. [See also his Bell Speeds in the collection √Člectro Clips.]