Selected Public Works, Vol. 4

by Lightbath

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  • Volumes 1-4 of Selected Public Works on gray shell cassettes with black imprinting loaded with C456 super ferric analog tape and housed in a clear Norelco box with full-color j-card featuring artwork and design by Michael Kempen. Limited to 50 units. Includes digital downloads for all four volumes via download cards.
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1.
Garment of Destiny
2.
Tangerine Portal
3.
Garment of Destiny (Reprise)
4.
Cathartic Pressure Waves (ft. Amulets) video
5.
Returning
6.
7.
The Curve of Time

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Selected Public Works, Vol. 1-4 collects four years of modular synthesizer performances by composer/improviser Bryan Noll with his Lightbath project. The majority of these works were originally presented in video form showcasing—in real time—the physical act of coaxing music out of a mercurial box of colorful wires, knobs, and lights.

As Pitchfork puts it: “Once you have submitted to these videos, it can be hard to pull yourself away. The artfully unpretentious demonstrations… occupy a strange, sui-generis niche: Featuring balmy sounds, blinking LEDs, and low-key set-dressing, they are part performance, part tech tutorial, and part audio-visual wallpaper.”

Making these videos helped Noll develop his sound and process as Lightbath. One can hear such artistic development by tracing Vol. 1’s early modular works in 2015 up to Vol. 4’s selections from 2018.

Themes of change and growth flow through the collection; watching the videos, one can actually see the instrumentation subtly shift from piece to piece, and upon closer listen the music begins to reveal an invisible thread connecting past to present.

Each volume has been carefully sequenced and re-mastered by Noll to present this music in fresh and vibrant detail. Each cassette features gouache artwork and typographic layout by Michael Kempen.

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releases September 27, 2019

Selected Public Works, Vol. 4

Each piece an artifact of a time and a place.
Each piece an entry in a journal.

Recorded between winter and summer of 2018 in Los Angeles, Portland, Sedona, Brooklyn, and the Pennsylvania Appalachians.

All sounds created by Bryan Noll using modular synthesizer, OTO BIM and BAM, and Ableton Live (except Cathartic Pressure Waves, which features Bryan Noll on guitar and Randall Taylor on the Suitcase of Drone).

Cover art and layout by Michael Kempen.

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Lightbath Brooklyn, New York

Lightbath daubs an arc of floaty melodics, chalky auras and affecting chimes into space. The music manifests a magnetic kineticism as person and machine travel together exchanging ideas in turn, flowing with the motion and change of the tides.

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