What we got to see last week at Secret Project Robot was one of those rare one-off performances that neither fan nor artist forgets. For Chris Forsyth, a longtime favorite of this site, Loren Connors is a foundational figure, one of the reasons he plays the way he does. Connors’ influence on modern guitar is boundless; I’d recommend reading Marc Masters and Grayson Haver Currin’s Out Door piece for a proper primer. You can imagine, then, the anticipation that Chris felt in being able to collaborate with his hero on this improvisational set. Connors began alone, creating a pensive, curious soundscape. The piece evinced Connors’ oft-cited unpredictability, with an alien, searching quality that laid the perfect base for Forsyth’s entry into the mix. Together, the pair created something wholly theirs, a piece whose periodic squalls recall the summer thunderstorms of the past couple weeks. Needless to say, this is a moment that won’t be repeated, and we’re thrilled to have captured it.
I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones directly in front of the artists. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!
You can listen to this set live online on WFMU during “What Was Music” with Marcel on Tuesday, August 16 from six to nine A.M. (this should play around 7am or so).
Download the complete set: [MP3/FLAC]
Stream the complete set:
Chris Forsyth & Loren Connors
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY USA
Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack
Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC, PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (compression, fades)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )
01 Improvisation 1
02 Improvisation 2