kind words for solo variations by julia a. miller

two reviews!

…this is an exciting listen, though very much reliant on you the listener being in a receptive mood for this vigorous and uncompromising set of aural gymnastics. As it’s been recorded live, there’s a sort of warm fuzz that lends a sort of protective sheen to the experience – but even so this is a record for a quiet hour where you attention has to be fully tuned.

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…The first track is split in two sections and offers a good overview on her qualities and attitude. There is a great control over musical dynamics and distortion and a very personal tone. You could say that all the techniques are actually enough widespread – piercing feedbacks, growing drones, sliding bursts and this ‘wood drops’ effect that, I learn, is also known as spider fingers – but it’s their reasonable and valid choice and usage that makes the whole output pleasurable to listen and follow. Please consider this is a live recording with no overdubs. The long third track, named ‘2’, has a slow and long introduction moving on powerful low notes layers and evolving in a discordant and avantgardish sound-like-a-piano piece. But as a lover of far feedbacks, delays and diluted and hidden notes my preference goes to the fourth and final track, that can’t be named otherwise than ‘3’.

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pan y rosas discos release solo variations by julia a miller

julia a. miller is a sound artist, guitarist, improvisor, composer, visual artist, curator and educator. a founding member of the chicago scratch orchestra, julia performs frequently as a guitarist with the electroacoustic trio auris, the group gmlet eye, and as a frequent soloist and collaborator in experimental and avant garde chamber music and free improvisation. julia is a faculty member at the music institute of chicago and an adjunct assistant professor in sound at the school of the art institute in chicago.

her first album for pyr, solo variations, is a live recording of guitar improvisations captured at one of the sunday solos series at the experimental sound studio in chicago. shred feedback electronics. guitar as multiple instruments. percussive drone. pure tone barrage. spider fingers. liquid rips through space. bent time. get it here!