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    STAR S END Update 11.03.02 Timeless guitar innovator, Richard Pinhas, stresses process and structure on his album EVENT AND REPETITIONS. Using guitar and
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2002
      STAR'S END Update 11.03.02

      Timeless guitar innovator, Richard Pinhas, stresses process
      and structure on his album EVENT AND REPETITIONS. Using
      guitar and electronic processing equipment, Pinhas builds, not
      only walls of sound, but floor and ceiling and a few windows too -
      into which we can make out this artist's intellect and spirit.

      EVENT AND REPETITIONS is made up of five pieces that easily
      extend between formless ambient music and edgey
      experimental improvisations. This music relates to cerebral
      pursuits as there is no traditional rhythm section or catchy
      melodic hooks to warm up to - the album's emotional content
      must be found in the subtle changes in harmony and intensity of
      timbre, as this music is nearly beyond the human scale.

      The opening track, "EFRIM", clocks in at over 25 minutes. During
      the first few seconds we hear the sound of a guitar being
      strummed. This is the first and last point at which we will
      encounter anything recognizable from the acoustic world. This
      piece builds sustained tones of mellow guitar buzzes that rise,
      repeat and reduce back into a bright, tingling foundation of
      sound. Occassionally we are treated to some of Pinhas' classic
      fluid guitar leads; the serpentine melodies soar, then unwind
      back into the soundstream. "The ICS" unfolds patiently. Notes
      sustain and release in such a way as to slowly shift the
      harmonic and emotional balance of the piece; cacophony
      recedes into tonality, darkness into luminosity, resolve into
      dissonance... one note at a time, almost imperceptibly. This
      track shows us the fascinating and endless permutations of
      Pinhas' music and the technology that gives his vision a voice.
      "GSYBE" (28:35) demonstrates how events produced on the
      guitar can be filtered, stretched, shifted, twisted, tangled and
      otherwise digitally manipulated in real time (this album was
      recorded live in the studio) into something completely
      unrecognizable from the original - and how just one guy can
      make such a very large yet detailed sound.

      The dense drones present on EVENT AND REPETITIONS seem
      electronic in origin, but Pinhas enjoys the responsiveness of an
      electric guitar as a sound source and the programability of the
      many levels of effects its output is routed through. His method of
      realizing music provides minute control over every aspect of the
      endless repetition and variations of themes and ideas that are
      the major elements of his music, a situation that is as equally
      absorbing to Pinhas as it is to his audience.

      Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from EVENT
      AND REPETITIONS, the latest release from Richard Pinhas

      For more on EVENT AND REPETITIONS, access:

      For more on Richard Pinhas, access the STAR'S END Profile:


      The Gatherings Concert Series Presents Experimental Guitarist
      Richard Pinhas

      Spacemusic Hero Richard Pinhas returns to Philadelphia on
      Saturday 2 November 2002 with a live performance at 8pm in the
      church sanctuary of St. Mary's Hamilton Village, 3916 Locust
      Walk on the Penn Campus in University City, Philadelphia, PA.
      For details, including directions, info on advance tickets and
      upcoming events, please access: http://www.thegatherings.org


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