Sunday, June 21, 2015
Harry Bertoia - Continuum / Near and Far (1980) + Swinging Bars / Vulcans Play (1980)
The otherworldly, shimmering sounds one hears on Harry Bertoia records are made using what Bertoia calls Sonambient sculptures, one of which I actually had the opportunity to mess around with a little bit at his grandson's house. They consist of collections of wires -- some thick, some thin -- standing upright on a flat base, and are played somewhat like one might a harp, only more haphazardly, letting them ring and vibrate off of each other in a clanging, half-calming, half-disconcerting cacophony.
The song titles are all in the album names, so no need for a track listing.