Boomkat Product Review:
Rrose presents two expanded, alternate mixes of her take on James Tenney's pillar of American minimalism, 'Having Never Written A Note For Percussion', on Seattle's Further Records. The original composition, a favourite of Rrose's, revolves a simple concept requiring the performer to play one percussive instrument constantly, taking it from the quietest point to the loudest and back again in a close exploration of volume, tone and decay. Rrose does so with a 32" inch gong in two very different environments: the first is recorded in a studio and thusly sounds viscous and dense, like some black orb emanating slow, layered waves of drone pressure from the core of your skull - especially in headphones; by turns, the second piece, recorded in a disused trolley tunnel beneath downtown Washington, DC, feels massive and looming, pregnant with reverberant drones that lap at one another, accreting a rich harmonic mass that makes perfect use of the tunnel's man-made reverb space. In stretching out the original piece from 12 to 30 minutes, and doing so with such focussed tenacity, Rrose makes the connections between the classical experimental canon and contemporary electronic music both malleable and clear for all to understand.