The Last Sense To Leave Us – A Tribute To Pauline Oliveros RURAL COLOURS. CD/DL
Twelve tracks inspired by the late electronics pioneer. Oliveros, who died in 2016, came up with the concepts of deep listening – for both the players and the audience – and sonic awareness. For this all to work it helps to be invited into the music and her own approach – characteristically on accordion – employed drones of seesawing notes but with plenty of activity underneath, exemplified here by the title track featuring Alison Cotton’s gently undulating viola, electronics and voice. The musicians achieve that with remarkably evocative pieces, some bordering on ambient but always demanding more from the listener. Other highlights include The New Honey Shades’ 7 Accordions (For Pauline Oliveros); the sensuous, flute-led PO4c by Keiron Phelan and Oliver Cherer; and 321 Divisadero Street, a striking synth composition by David Colohan. The compilation ends with a radiant exploration of drone, After Lear: For Hurdy Gurdy And Bowed Dulcimer, by Michael Tanner.