Matthew Collings dials in with some new material, a minimal and skillfully dissonant piece composed for three guitars and a laptop:
This is a recording of a live performance of a new piece for multiple electric guitars, prepared amplifier, room mics and laptop, at the Atrium of Allison House, Edinburgh, on 12th January 2011. The guitars are fed through custom made software in max/msp, and are then sampled and looped in real-time from the input of room microphones and played back into the room in order to stimulate the resonant frequencies of the room, which emerge fully in the 3rd section of the piece. The guitarists here are Ally Winford (who cut his fingers bloody during the performance), Clive Mitchell and Hákon Pálsson. This is still work in progress, and this is the second live performance…
Far from a simple trek through Laptoptronica, the work has a raw, oddly percussive quality. Crafted, not just crafty. It will be intriguing to see how this track develops. He calls it “Flags of a Dead Ship,” and you can stream it right here:
Matthew Collings also records as Sketches for Albinos, and his days of being wild and kind LP fared very well in our year-end lists. “Flags of a Dead Ship” is significantly different: raw, more precise, yet much more room to breathe.