Gideon Wolf's "Paper" is an interesting one for sure. In fact, I've listened to it a number of times already and I'm still not sure what to make of it. Raw, looped vocals create a dizzying, cathartic effect on "Cathedral" and is perhaps the best summation of the album. There's elements of this piece that remind me of Sacred Harp Music, but it is also boundless and modern, building up and coming back down perfectly. The voices return on "Nine Hundred Miles," but fall to the wayside as a mix of understated rhythms and piano flourishes spiral out of control before being caught in a web of contemplative, droning strings. If that sounds a bit all over the place it's because it is and that's one of "Paper's" strongest qualities. Gideon Wolf is certainly doing something right. - Brad Rose, Experimedia
From the label: Gideon Wolf is the alias for musician and composer Tristan Shorr; who, at the age of 29, with no prior training or experience, decided to pursue a career as a musician.
Six months later, he had self released an EP and accepted a place on a Music Composition MA at Goldsmiths University. Since then, Shorr has been forging a career as a composer for theatre, dance, performance & film. He is currently a member of noise makers Vlk and as a founder and member of London based music collective Orchestra Elastique has played at the ICA, Cafe OTO and toured venues in Berlin, Istanbul and Romania.
Paper is his first solo release as Gideon Wolf, with cello by Steph Patten and live processing by Tom Mudd. The album began as a series of piano improvisations, recordings informed by the concepts of narrative, memory and place. After twelve months charting the boundaries of these seven territories, Shorr presents us the map; a hidden manipulated history of the landscapes of everyday life.
The thread that binds Paper is partly the resonant geography of London, but also the dislocative effect of travel through a variety of landscapes – making Paper the musical equivalent of unfamiliar scenery glimpsed through the window of a fast moving vehicle; blurred but vivid. The material on the album reflects his approach as a self taught drummer and percussionist through his intuitive use of whatever sound making objects happen to be on hand at the time, be they drums, cello, piano, guitar, voice or software.
Paper is to be released though Fluid Audio as a limited edition of 200 glass mastered CDs; with letter-pressed covers resting inside stamped/numbered/typed envelopes, an accompanying set of 6 double sided 12 x 12 prints on heavy card stock, 12 x 12 print with words from the artist, mini card, scent and download code.
Nine Hundred Miles
All of Us
Nine hundred miles (Redux Remix) Secret Bonus Track
From the artist: As a musician/ music maker the thread that binds many of my ideas within the projects and collaborations that I am involved with, is the use of improvisation as a starting point to explore and construct new work. In this framework I am able to develop and play with ideas without the creative process becoming stale. The groundwork that improvisation provides forms an outline for my interests and research into notions of memory, real and imagined landscapes, and the hidden histories and narratives our everyday lives create. It is within these concepts of place (real and imagined) and memory that I have tried to reflect what it is to map and re-map these spaces, through the use of music.
The Construction of the LP 'Paper' began as a series of piano improvisations created in conjunction with a live feed taken from the piano that was processed/ manipulated and played back into the space. This series of live recording sessions with piano/ live manipulation form the basic structure from which this record has been developed over the past year.
As a percussionist I tend to play whatever I can get my hands on. The material on this album reflects this through the use of instruments such as drums, cello, piano, guitar, voice, objects and various pieces of software & sound making devices.
Under the alias 'Gideon Wolf' this record I hope reflects an experience that is very visual and indicative (I hope) of feelings we may have when travelling through a variety of landscapes. For me 'Paper' is about the city (London – where I've spent most of my child/ adult life) and the real and imagined landscapes that resonate for me there as inspiration for wanting to make this particular collection of music.
Collaborators on this project:
Tom Mudd – Live processing/ manipulation (max) for Piano – on tracks 'Paper', 'The Unknown' & 'All of Us'.
Steph Patten – Cellist: material used on tracks 'The Unknown' & 'Preservation'.