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Ellen Fullman
Staggered Stasis

Over the last two decades, Ellen Fullman has been perfecting her Long String Instrument. This unique instrument of her own design is some 80 feet in length and played by literally walking through it. The resulting sounds are beautiful gliding tones with a rich harmonic content. The CD presents two works from her time in Austin, Texas in the late 1980's which beautifully display a sound you can get inside of. These long tracks envelope you in their cascading overtones. Even though she has performed widely in the United States and Europe, this is only Ellen's third solo CD, following previous releases on XI Records and New Albion. So hearing these gorgeous and important pieces from her archive is cause for celebration.

1-3 STAGGERED STASIS
section 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . 16:43
section 2, with Santiago Villareal ... . 3:46
section 3, with Santiago Villareal . . 25:14
4 DURATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .23:16
5 SPEED DURATION . . . . . . . . ...2:29
total time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71:47

front cover photograph by Rachael Jackson

"Staggered Stasis" (1989) was commissioned by the Deborah Hay Dance Company for part 1, "The Navigator" in Hay's trilogy, "The Man Who Grew Common In Wisdom". Microtonal shifts in the coloring occur in a staggered fashion, traveling on an axis of Pythagorean intervals, (the circle of fifths). Chords created by stacking 3/2s, or fifths, are referred to as "suspended chords". There is a flatness in this drama, what I imagine it must be like in the middle of an ocean, continually moving yet appearing the same. The four part score was plotted on a timeline. Each track was recorded and performed by myself. An excerpt of Staggered Stasis was released on the Arial CD series.

"Duration" (1986) was composed as a 13-limit study for the Long String Instrument, in the key of C. The fundamental tone is continually sounded, under chords constructed with pitches from the overtone series. The intention of the piece was to listen to the variations within each chord, as it is sounded continually while the performer walked the length of the instrument. As the performer's position changes, one clearly hears a cascade of overtones. "Duration" was never previously released.

The original recordings were made direct to a PCM digital processor using a vintage AKG C24 stereo tube condenser microphone placed about 15 feet from the resonators.

For more information about Ellen Fullman, see: www.ellenfullman.com

a review from PARIS TRANSATLANTIC by Dan Warburton

Memphis-born drone queen Ellen Fullman's been getting some well-deserved coverage recently, notably in a fine piece written by Gino Robair for this autumn's Signal To Noise, but a lot of it has been directed at her ventures into the world of song on Ort, her collaborative album with Berlin's J?rg Hiller on his Choose label, which means that Staggered Stasis, documenting Fullman's groundbreaking work in the late 1980s, has slipped off the radar somewhat. Shame, because it's a splendidly recorded presentation of Fullman's work with her own Long String Instrument. (Further information on this splendid creature is available at Fullman's website - www.ellenfullman.com - though devotees of excited string music by the likes of Paul Panhuysen, Arnold Dreyblatt and Alvin Lucier will probably have had it bookmarked for ages already.) The three-part title track was commissioned by Deborah Hay's dance company in Austin, Texas, where Fullman set up her 100-foot-long monster in an unfinished office block from 1986 to 1989. Thanks to the harmonic configurations of the instrument as much as Fullman's chosen pitches, it's a fantastically rich piece - compared to the monastic austerity of Lucier's epochal "Music On A Long Thin Wire", "Staggered Stasis" is as dramatic and colourful as a Mahler symphony. In contrast, "Duration", the second piece, gives the C overtone series one of the best workouts it's ever had, and in case anyone's in a hurry, recaps the whole 23-minute process in just two and a half in the closing "Speed Duration". Why anyone would want to speed through this magnificent music is beyond me, though: as La Monte Young says, the best drones are the ones you can get inside, and that takes time. There's no point putting this baby on while you go jogging round the park or clean the bathroom floor - it's a sit down and pay attention affair.-DW

Cat.# :: Composer(s)
21088
:: Yiorgis Sakellariou
21085
:: Tom Hamilton
21084
:: David First
21083
:: Tomomi Adachi / Jaap Blonk / Owen F. Smith / Duane Ingalls
21082
:: Marta Sainz &
If, Bwana
21081 :: Aliona Yurtsevich
21080
:: If, Bwana
21079
:: Ulrich Krieger
21078
:: Triple Point
21077
:: Robin Hayward
21076
:: Ron Nagorcka
21075
:: Secluded Bronte
21074
:: David Rosenboom
21073
:: Peter Batchelor
21072 :: Alvin Lucier
21071 :: Lou Cohen
21070 :: Brian Chase
21069 :: Jerry Hunt
21068 :: If, Bwana
21067 :: Jorge Antunes
21066 :: Enzo Minarelli
21065 :: Tensions At The Vanguard
21064 :: Frances White
21063 :: Noah Creshevsky
21062 :: If,Bwana/Trio Scordatura
21061 :: Nate Wooley
21060 :: Leo Kupper
21059 :: Pauline Oliveros/ Francisco López/Doug Van Nort/Jonas Braasch
21058 :: Philip Corner
21057 :: Alvin Lucier
21056 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21055 :: Birds + Machines
21054 :: Kiva
21053 :: César Bolaños
21052 :: Lionel Marchetti & Olivier Capparos
21051 :: Tom Hamilton/
Bruce Eisenbeil
21050 :: Source Records 1-6
21049 :: Noah Creshevsky/ If,Bwana
21048 :: Simon Wickham-Smith
21047 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21046 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21045 :: Annea Lockwood
21044 :: Felix Werder
21043 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21042 :: Nick Didkovsky
21041 :: Montreal Sound Matter
21040 :: Anla Courtis
21039 :: Crawling with Tarts
21038 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21037 :: Hans Otte
21036 :: DIY Canons
21035 :: Band/Myers
21034 :: Chris Brown
21033 :: Tom Johnson
21032 :: Roger Reynolds
21031 :: Trios - Collaboration
21030 :: Beth Anderson
21029 :: Hamilton, Silverton, Margolis
21028 :: Warren Burt
21027 :: Jorge Antunes
21026 :: David Dunn
21025 :: Roger Reynolds
21024 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21023 :: Pauline Oliveros
21022 :: David Rosenboom
21021 :: Ross Bolleter
21020 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21019 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21018 :: Leo Kupper
21017 :: Robert Rutman
21016 :: Matthew Ostrowski
21015 :: various
21014 :: Rune Linblad
21013 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21012 :: Pauline Oliveros
21011 :: Rune Linblad
21010 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21009 :: Leo Kupper
21008 :: various
21007 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21006 :: Trigger
21005 :: Big City Orchestra
IB :: If,Bwana
FPM :: Frog Peak Music
CUE :: C.U.E. Records
SOP :: Sound of Pig Cassettes
ANTS :: Ants (Italian Label)
ANIMUL :: Ned Rothenberg
HOMLER :: Anna Homler
OAKSMUS :: oaksmus (German Label)
GD STEREO :: Geoff Dugan
ANOMALOUS :: Anomalous Records
NONSEQUITUR :: Nonsequitur
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