Released by Creative Sources Recordings: Numbers
(CS 201 CD), a duo album by composer, performer and electronic musician Richard Barrett
and guitarist, improviser and constructor Han-earl Park
is a high-energy, quick-footed, scatter-brained two handera looping, convoluted, interactive dance made audiblea musical fender bender involving electroacoustic complexities and (physio)logical splutter-cuts, jump-cuts and match-cutsan intense white- knuckle extemporization unitthe duo of composer, performer and electronic musician Richard Barrett and guitarist, improviser and constructor Han-earl Park.
Celebrated for his dense, complex, intricate music, Richard Barrett is perhaps best known for his work with Paul Obermayer as part of FURT, as part of the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, and his close collaborations with the Elision Ensemble. At home in both composition and improvisation, Barrett's music increasingly problematizes the distinction between them. Described by Brian Morton as a musical philosopher... a delightful shape-shifter," Han-earl Park is drawn to real-time cyborg configurations in which artifacts and bodies collide. He has performed with some of the finest practitioners of improvised music, and is part of Mathilde 253 with Charles Hayward and Ian Smith. First performing together as duo in at AUXXX, Berlin, October 2010, Barrett and Park engage in a continuing improvisative conversation; alternately claiming autonomy and independence, and group action and solidarity.
Track titles derive from the final section of numbers, an extended poem by Simon Howard, published in 2010 digitally by Mark Cobley and in book form by The Knives Forks And Spoons Press.