Boomkat Product Review:
Out of print since 1986, this towering work from accordion virtuoso Guy Klucevsek and deep listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros is a time-distorting, fractal delicacy. On the surface level it might be drone, but deep beneath the flutters and tonal cracks is a vast, absorbing landscape of sonic waterfalls.
Oliveros and Klucevsek kept their concept for "Sounding / Way" mercifully simple: they each composed a side for two accordions, then performed them together. Klucevsek is a highly respected accordion player who's worked with Anthony Braxton, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Bill Frisell and many others, and hearing him here, his skill matches Oliveros well, leading the two pieces into transcendent territory.
'Tremolo No. 6 (Nucleic Chains)' is Klucevsek's composition and zeroes in on the accordion's familiar flutter, as air is pushed in and out of the bellows and through the reed. Playing clouds of notes offset with Oliveros doing similar, Klucevsek creates a shifting mass of harmony that's not a million miles from Bendik Giske's brilliant overblown horn work on his recent "Cracks". It's music that demands repeat listening, and the sort of focus that concentrates the attention on minute details like the gentle rhythmic crack of the accordion keys or the light, bewildering phasing from the two instruments.
Oliveros's composition 'The Tuning Meditation' is focused on sustained tones, which the two players layer over each other creating eerie dissonance and cooling harmony. But like its predecessor (and similar to much of Oliveros's canon), close listening reveals a cracked mirror of preternatural variation that reminds you just how powerfully singular our breath can be.