Dan Weaver

Unplugboy & Toshimaru Nakamura

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Dan Weaver, of Stock, Hausen & Walkman fame, is featured on both portions of this double mini-disc release, on his own on the first and in duo with Toshimaru Nakamura on the second. The two cuts on disc one, "Liverpool" and "Newcastle," present Weaver on laptop computer utilizing cello input. On "Liverpool" the cello sounds tend toward the richly and percussively plucked, forming a steady spine around which electronic washes and pings swirl and dance, while the second track concentrates on beguilingly tonal scrapes and deep, bell-like tones. Both cuts ably use the resonance of the cello (filtered through the computer) as a fine foil for the imaginative electronics. Nakamura, on his patented no-input mixing board, joins Weaver for the second disc, adding a substantial layer of creative anesthesia to the proceedings. The relatively luxurious environment provided by Weaver offers an enticing counterpoint to Nakamura's typically spare and pristine approach. "Chinese" has an almost playful air about it, the two musicians gamboling about each other, while "Indian" is marvelously dark and threatening, a penetrating drone surrounding metallic rasps with insistent, subsidiary drones emerging and receding before the entire thing splinters into a spray of electronic glitchery. Adventurous electronica fans could find much to enjoy here as well as electro-acoustic aficionados in general. Especially recommended for Nakamura listeners wanting to hear him stretch out. A fine recording all around.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
9:43
2
8:55
3
7:31
4
13:44
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