October 1, 2013

Release show for Higgis/Mivos - SQ2/Glacia at (le) Poisson Rouge!

This Friday, October 4, come out to (le) Poisson Rouge for the release of the new Mivos Quartet / Patrick Higgins record featuring the Higgins-penned String Quartet No.2, and then Glacia, a time-stretched and -warped re-imagining of the Quartet, plus a electronics/violin composition from Higgins and Mivos member Josh Modney.

The official street date for the record isn't until November, so come out, pick up a copy, hear just the third life performance of String Quartet No.2, catch a set from Buke & Gase, and get your weekend started right!

Friday, October 4 | Doors 6pm | Show 7pm
(le) Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleeker Street

September 18, 2013

Mivos Quartet // Patrick Higgins: String Quartet No. 2 + Glacia CD/LP

From the same man who brought you the quadraphonic best-of-2012 STEREO comes this very exciting collaboration with the newly-formed ExCathedra Records: Mivos Quartet // Patrick Higgins: String Quartet No. 2 + Glacia, to be released on LP/CD on November 11, 2013. Part one of this beautiful release features Mivos Quartet playing Patrick Higgins' String Quartet No. 2, a seven-movement work that explores the function of memory and recollection as musical forms. Developing across a palindromic movement structure, the quartet moves through a cycle of compositional styles from diatonic tonal material, to atonal, lyrical writing, to twelve-tone, micro-tonal, and indeterminate materials --the work is concerned with the ability of musical form to reconstruct or "remember" across extreme developments in material.

Part two sees Higgins reworking Higgins in an experimental re-imagining of SQ2. At moments evoking the spirit of STEREO, Glacia is inspired by the interchange of the perceptual and physical properties of ice fields, music that is at once static, monolithic and integrated, while still fluid, fragile, dynamic, and fleeting.

In posting an exclusive preview "Wind Tunnel" from the Glacia disc, Adhoc.fm sez "Patrick Higgins truthfully inhabits the personas of both shredder and composer...shredder in the Yngwie/Satch paradigm...[yet] a legit modern classical entity." Click thru for the preview track!

Come out to an exclusive preview show on October 4 at (le) poisson rouge (tix) with Buke & Gase, Mivos Quartet, and Patrick Higgins to hear the material performed live and pick up an advanced copy of the LP! Pre-sale is available below.

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September 7, 2013

Cassette Store Day!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Cassette Store Day event today at Silent Barn! Was great to talk to enthusiastic tape fans, meet some other labels (including Mirror Universe Tapes, who sold me my first new music tape in 2009), preview some tapes, and generally celebrate the medium. Speaking of celebrating:

W+D Cassette Store Day Exclusive: Patrick Higgins - OƎЯƎTƧ 2xc48
To celebrate Cassette Store Day, we've put together a super-limited inverted edition of last year's Impose favorite, the quardaphonic double-tape STEREO from Patrick Higgins. What does inverted mean? It means we flipped the red tapes with white text to white tapes with red text, inverted the album art, and hooked up the W+D mastering system with channels 3-4 to tracks 1-2, and channels 1-2 to tracks 3-4, resulting in a recording that plays the original STEREO program from end-to-beginning. Most music played backwards sounds like just that: a song, being played in reverse. The droning, metallic sounds of Higgins' uncompromising composition, on the other hand, take on a quality all their own when played in reverse, matching the original's deftness and agility but taking on a newly alien, haunting quality.

Edition of 15 hand-assembled tapes. Purchase link below!
15 red-on-white double-tapes || Inverted STEREO cover art