David Grubbs & Eli Keszler
Poetry/Music/Sound Art | $30 $25
"The listener wins again." — Stewart Lee, Sunday Times
One and One Less consists of a performance and an installation, both of which draw upon a single source text—David Grubbs’s ongoing One Poem, and the LP is split between these two forms: the live performance for reader (Grubbs) and percussionist (Keszler), and a recording of the installation version from the MIT List Visual Arts Center.
The original installation (at the MIT List Visual Arts Center from October 10, 2014 to January 4, 2015 as part of the show Open Tunings) used recorded excerpts from One Poem to trigger a range of mechanical strikes within seven custom-made, sculptural sound boxes, each of which contained an elaborate mechanism of motors and speakers built by Keszler that acoustically filtered the voice, creating a constantly changing composition—one equally verbal and percussive. Subsequent to the live performance, the installation at MIT was intended as an aural afterimage, in which the clean visual disposition of the gallery space was contradicted by the intensity of the acoustically produced sound field.
This LP is printed in a limited edition of 300 copies and includes an insert with the text of David Grubb's poem-in-progress. [UDPR is a series for collaborations and interplay in the fields of poetry and music reproduced and distributed on high quality vinyl records with accompanying printed materials.]
[UDPR is a series for collaborations and interplay in the fields of poetry and music reproduced and distributed on high quality vinyl records with accompanying printed materials.]
ExcerptTwo breaths vectored
Two breaths insensate
Two breaths just sliding past
Two breaths shaped and detached
Two breaths set on glide, the both unaware
Two breaths exiting opposite, and neither moves the other
[praise David Grubbs]—Stewart Lee, Sunday Times
Grubbs has self-consciously split his brain to exacerbate the essential creative conflict, the experimental academic battling the sentimental artist on a darkling plain. The listener wins again.
[praise for Eli Keszler]—Steve Smith, (New York Times re
Few artists have courted chaos as diligently and scientifically as the percussionist and composer Eli Keszler.