Will Cullen Hart


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Sonically, Will Cullen Hart's Silver is about as minimalist as one can get. It is, in actuality, a little more than an hour of extremely low-frequency vibrations (almost all of which might be difficult to hear without a decent stereo). Conceptually, the project is a little more interesting: Hart dug a hole in his backyard, placed a tape recorder in a plastic bag, hit record, buried the machine, and recorded for a bit. He removed the tape hiss and added a few rumbles of his own. In theory, the music is built around the sounds of ants, worms, and other things crawling around in the ground. In practice, many of the noises likely emanated from passing diesel trucks. Hart has said the disc is intended to be used in conjunction with other music or activities -- to be put on somewhere in the house and then forgotten about, essentially. Taken like that, the disc is subtle and interesting. (A similar claim was made about Explanation II, a shimmering ambient disc made by the Olivia Tremor Control, Hart's former band. By comparison, Silver makes Explanation II seem like a veritable symphony.) The disc was issued by Hart's Cloud Recordings, a self-run label, and (like all of the label's releases) comes in handmade packaging, in this case a silver spray-painted jewel case with a reflective paper insert. It's not for newbies, but Silver is, in its way, a perfect distillation of Hart's aesthetic.

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