Alex Cunningham - Knell Cassette

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Alex Cunningham is a violinist, improviser and visual artist based in St. Louis, MO. Knell is his fourth solo violin release, and the third of which that's entirely improvised. 


Initially seeming to document a brutal attack on the instrument, the album progresses more like a surgical examination, with Cunningham.digging into the physical properties of wood, bow and strings to wrench out a wealth of sonic detail. Downtuning and sheer kinetic intensity produce harsh abrasion, percussive rattling, and rich overtones, and there's even an attempt to utilise the violin as a wind instrument. Tonal playing is only arrived at after apparently significant effort, in bursts of backwoods hysteria. 


Vital free improv that's both rigourous and playful.

Tracklisting:

1. Laughter in the Dark 06:14
2. Hearsay 04:55
3. The River Took Your Child 09:03
4. Derision 06:01
5. Piece for F-hole and Breath 01:31
6. Unica 05:16
7. Storm Cellar 05:09
8. Beside Her on the Grass 01:42

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