As Concern, Gordon Ashworth has explored drone music through an inspection of the textural components of acoustic instruments and recording processes. On Cæsarean the palette presented is a singularly precise one. Using simple sources (piano, clarinet, banjo, shrutti box, and acoustic guitar), tape processing (1/4” and cassette), and reverberation, Ashworth crafts delicate tape music through transforming repetitions and obscured fidelity. The emotional and physical presence of Cæsarean is overwhelming; sounding simultaneously natural and alien. The instrumentation and field recordings are both stripped of their defining characteristics; creating a balance between the harmonic characters of both, a pure transformation empty of excess and desire. Time held in suspension. Released on compact disc by Slow Flow (Japan). On Arbor Infinity in an edition of 500 vinyl copies with black and white reverse board jackets and printed labels.
Cæsarean, the new album by solo artist Concern, is primarily composed of piano, banjo and extensive tape manipulation. Rejecting the heavily electronic/synthesizer foundations of modern ambient music, Cæsarean is a uniquely beautiful and organic album; mournful collages of decaying tape loops, swelling acoustic tones, and harmonious, shimmering banjo drones. Included in the CD version released by Slow Flow Recs are two earlier Concern pieces, previously released in a very limited edition by Students of Decay in 2007. Concern (aka Gordon Ashworth) resides in Oregon, USA, and will be touring extensively in Japan in Europe in Autumn, 2010.
1. Discrete Memorial
3. From Warmth and From Violence
4. Immersed in Envy, Porous With Forgetfulness
5. Leaving Gold