Layering Time cs435

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A similar grounding of sound in silence characterizes Layering Time [cs435], an austerely beautiful piece for piano, field recording and viola by Eva-Maria Houben in collaboration with Rodrigues. Houben, who plays piano and provides a field recording of ravens, is a composer associated with the Wandelweiser group; the music, extending over a single long track, accordingly proceeds as a series of sparse piano tones and extended sounds from the viola distributed over vast, open spaces of ambient sound and bird calls. These open spaces are the audio image of time as a semi-transparent foundation of human activity; Houben’s and Rodrigues’s individual parts, which appear to have been recorded separately in early 2017, are layered onto this foundation in a way that preserves time as one of the work’s contributing, if nearly mute, voices. Daniel Barbiero (Percorsi Musicali)