Artist: Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt
Title: BUTTERFLY FLAPPING STRING THEORY
Running Time: 00:33:15
Catalogue Number: ijsdcm1
Release Date: 9th September 2011
Download: Bandcamp | Internet Archive
About: Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt describes himself as a composer of “experimental sunburnt soundscapes”. A phrase which calls to mind huge amounts of fiery, chaotic activity with sounds hurtling around, colliding with one another in the radioactive furnace of a star. All of that is here on ‘BUTTERFLY FLAPPING STRING THEORY’, but there are also moments of quiet, peaceful calm, frequently within the same piece.
Waves of rippling, coruscating distortion roll back to reveal a single emergent, insistent tone. Clanging noises build to create a wall of white noise. Long moments of silence and absence bracket some of the pieces. Small metallic clicks and scratches circle one another before coming together to create a pulsating drone. All of these things are present or hinted at in the short pieces which make up the first five tracks of this album. They then all finally come together in one deep, evocative wash of sound on the penultimate twenty three minute track ‘Pursuit of happiness’.
- Centuries of Meditation
- A Touch of Glass
- Inside the Whale
- UNTER FREIEM HIMMEL
- What the heart remembers the head will forget
- Pursuit of happiness
Artwork by Jason Kavanagh