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Other Planes

by Erik Griswold

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Mid Plane 12:02
Treb Plane 09:43
Bass Plane 07:16
Other Planes 07:37
Plane Song 04:59


My first solo album, Other Planes explores the colours of the prepared piano. Parts 1-4 each use a single material: rubber, metal, or paper. The language of Other Planes is slowly transforming chords, hypnotic patterns, pulsating harmonics, aural illusions. Part 5 ("Other Planes") features text by Craig Foltz, read over the phone from New York (to the studio Adelaide).

"The tall, lean pianist-composer hovered over narrow stretches of his keyboard and picked and pounded out "Other Planes"...the alchemical transformation of furious, minimal clusters into eerie harmonics and distant half-heard melodies, sudden evocations of gamelan and marimba. American writer Craig Foltz provided text and voice via phone line for the title work, the apocalyptic intoning of the banalities of the everyday...Visual artist Sarah Pirie framed Griswold with treated fabrics pierced by light, echoing the detail of the compositions and the preparation of the piano" - Keith Gallasch, Realtime Arts 47.


released July 1, 2000

Music by Erik Griswold
with text by Craig Foltz
Recorded by Kim Chalmers at Electronic Music Unit, Adelaide
Mastered by Francois Tetaz at Moose Mastering


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Erik Griswold Brisbane, Australia

Every object has two functions - to be put to use and to be possessed...The last note of one phrase sometimes serves as the first note of the next one...As a garden is full of flowers, so this species of counterpoint should be full of excellences of all kinds, a plastic melodic line, liveliness of movement, and beauty and variety of form.... ... more

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