Pyroclasts is the result of a daily practice which was regularly performed each morning or evening during the two week Life Metal sessions at Electrical Audio during July 2018, when all of the days’ musical participants would gather and work through a 12 minute improvised modal drone at the start and or end of the day’s work. The piece performed was timed with a stopwatch and tracked to two-inch tape, it was an exercise and a chance to dig into a deep opening or closing of the days’ session in a deep musical way with all of the participants. To connect/reconnect, liberate the creative mind a bit and greet each other and the space through the practice of sound immersion. The players across the four pieces of Pyroclasts are Tim Midyett, T.O.S., Hildur Guðnadóttir, and as always Stephen O’Malley & Greg Anderson.
The music on Pyroclasts is inextricably woven to Life Metal. It exists on the very same tape reels, was explicitly recorded by Steve Albini. The brightness and vividity of that glorious session glares through these four tracks, the precision, and radiance, prismatic lustrousness of the saturation, the elemental sculptural shapes, the abstract renderings. It is a sister, or perhaps a shadow album. Or perhaps the now apparent miasma or aether. But it also exists in a form of a pause, a time-space which exist in between and around the compositional structures of Sunn O)))’s titanic works.
Sunn O))) has announced additional European tour dates for 2020. Meanwhile, the current European tour continues including shows in the UK with Anna Von Hausswolff in support – see full listings below.
LET THERE BE DRONE (MULTIPLE GAINS STAGES) OCTOBER 2019
October 25 UK, Glasgow QMU with Anna Von Hausswolff
October 26 UK, Birmingham The Crossing with Anna Von Hausswolff
October 27 UK, Manchester Albert Hall with Anna Von Hausswolff
October 28 UK, London Roundhouse with Anna Von Hausswolff
INCOMING IN 2020…
January 24 IT, Rome – Orion
January 25 IT, Bologna – TPO
January 26 IT, Trezzo d’Adda – Live Club
January 29 BE, Kortrijk – De Kreun
January 30 LUX, Esch-Sur-Alzette – Kulturfabrik
La Gaîté Lyrique presents:
SUNN O))) – LET THERE BE DRONE
ONE RESIDENCE, TWO CONCEPTS, THREE CONCERTS
January 31 FR Paris – La Gaité Lyrique
February 1 FR Paris – La Gaité Lyrique
February 2 FR Paris – La Gaité Lyrique *
*Duo / Shoshin performance