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Flocklight (experimental transcriptions of Tom Waits and the Shaggs)

by Josh Thorpe

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Flocklight, the first release by Josh Thorpe, Toronto experimental musician and publisher, employs methods such as transcription, transposition, time-stretching, re-orchestration, harmonic extrapolation, degeneration, and human error to drastically alter two songs, one by Tom Waits and one by the Shaggs. These two songs provide the entire source material for the record, but appear only as ghosts beneath layers of sound. From trombone, guitar, synth, and drums to violins, lap steel, vintage keys, and mouth harp, Flocklight’s detailed, refined movements shimmer and surprise.

“When I heard Flocklight I felt like a kid being introduced to chocolate by falling into a river of it. It is like the score to a dream: Jack Nietzsche in a cowboy hat rides into the holy mountain on a horse drawn carriage. I really love it.”
-Sandro Perri, Polmo Polpo


released January 1, 2005

Josh Thorpe, jaw harp; Eric km Clark, Josh Giesbrecht, violins; eldritch Priest, lap steel; Eric Chenaux, Colin Clark, electric guitars; John Mark Sherlock, Wurlitzer; Mike Kane, Rhodes; Arraymusic, Erin Donovan, singing tube; Henry Kucharzyk, electric guitar; Robert W. Stevenson, bass clarinet; Michael White, trumpet; Rebecca van der Post, violin; Blaire Mackay, chimes and crotales; Peter Pavlovsky, bass; Doug Tielli, trombone; Ryan Driver, analogue synthesizer; Marcus Quin, drums; Rob Clutton, bass


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