impromptus in isolation
Label: sound as language
Cat No: SAL021
ニューヨーク・ブルックリン拠点のシンセ奏者Matthew Ryalsが2020年6月-2021年5月にかけて自宅で録音した音源を収録。シンセサイザーを演奏するというよりも、シンセサイザーと共に演奏の方がふさわしい、シンセと一心同体のライブレコーディング音源◎ <sound as language>からリリース。マスタリングは<12K>主宰のTaylor Deupreeが担当。
Matthew Ryals is no doubt one of the most innovative and forward-thinking electronic musicians working today. Drawing on his experience in both the conservatory and the underground, Ryals brings both technique and spontaneity to impromptus in isolation, available June 2022 on sound as language. Elaborating on methods developed for his 2021 release Voltage Scores (Oxtail Recordings), impromptus in isolation is a bold, joyous tear through visceral free jazz, bucolic ambience, head-scratching sound design, and more.
Isolation is an all-too-familiar term these days and as a result, one that has been rapidly redefined. No longer does physical isolation require social isolation; increasingly, we are all alone with our machines, connected to each other through the cloud. On impromptus, Ryals pushes this modern condition to its cybernetic conclusion. The synth is promoted from instrument to collaborator; he’s no longer playing on it, he’s playing with it. You can hear the dynamism: two expert players trading volleys, testing each other’s limits, sharing one-of-a-kind moments that will never be repeated.
Each track includes a “take” number in its title, reminding us that these are the choice cuts from the duo’s sessions, lightning in a bottle, the closest thing an at-home listener can get to the thrill of the gig. In fact, live performance is an integral part of Ryals’ process, not just in theory but in practice, so the ideas on impromptus were workshopped in live performance, adding another layer to the conceptual onion: Ryals is together with the synthesizer, alone on stage, in front of an audience.
As the dust settles on the album’s massive closing moments and Ryals takes a bow, we’re left to ponder the fate of his collaborator after the lights go down: Did it play well tonight? Is it tired? Do synthesizers dream of electric sheep?