Boomkat Product Review:
Fresh from his outstanding Red Horse LP on Type, Bostonian multi-instrumentalist Eli Keszler presents his dense, discombobulating installation / composition 'Cold Pin'. Two years in the making, this near-delirious, unrelenting piece of clattering percussion and motorized strings was finally recorded in Boston's historic Cyclorama, a massive dome built to house the Cyclorama of the Battle of Gettysburg painting in 1884. His innovative setup includes 14 strings ranging in length from 25 to 3 feet strung across a 15' x 40' curved wall and "played" by motors, connected by micro-controllers, pick-up and rca cables, to attack the strings. Also aided by an ensemble counting Geoff Mullen, Ashley Paul, Greg Kelley, Reuben Son and Benjamin Nelson, the result is a dense, spasming cluster of rapid-fire rhythms and dissonant harmonic sustain with a keening mechanical motion, blurring the distinctions between human and motorized participants to disorienting and sense-engulfing degrees. The B-side is a variation on the same theme, but with a more brittle and spacious outcome. However, that's not to say it's any more comfortable: on headphones it still sounds like an army of ceramic ants with steel-soled clogs scurrying across your cochlea. Eli is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston where he studied with Anthony Coleman and Ran Blake.