Goat Shoulder (For Tape)

by THF Drenching

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GOAT SHOULDER FOR TAPE IS DIVIDED INTO 7 SECTIONS:

(00:00–03:13) Overture To Act II

(03:13–11:41) Petit Polonaise / The Aerolatte Traumata

(11:41–29:16) 1001 Assorted Goat Questions, A Note Regarding Horses And Two Concluding Dragon Questions In Brine

(29:16–34:54) Grand Polonaise

(34:54–38:55) Some Initial Pointers

(38:55-42:57) Two Prayer Biscuits

(42:57-46:15) Towards A Floor-Plan Of Replacement Doe Data

(2006) -- Just in time for Christmas several years ago, act two of Drenching's proposed opera verite trilogy, of which "gate holder for tape" is the opening scherzo. This time there's both a petit and a grand polonaise constructed from cello batterings, metal percussion and sine wav chord cycles which redraws "les corps glorieux" as a bleached fauvist nude on a bed of old pencil cases. And not before time. Elsewhere, there's electro-whisk-fun, the inevitable distorted biscuit tin and all the unlikely formal architecture one would associate with this artiste. In a manner not unlike the final scene of "gremlins", the closing passages set the tone for the arrival of the final act some time in “the future”. This is the authentic face of opera for our century: shake in your shoes, bureaucrats.

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released December 1, 2006

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THF Drenching Manchester, UK

THF Drenching is a free improvisor and composer of musique concrète, based in Manchester, England.

As an improvising dictaphone-player, he was one fifth of Derek Bailey's final band Limescale. He was also half of the bricks and dictaphone duo Pleasure-Drenching Improvers.

As a composer, he's made about seventeen albums of musique concrète, electronic music and various dubious amalgams.
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