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man and the echo

by Chris Rainier

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    I have decided to let two of the three remaining test pressings of "man and the echo" go! These records are additionally unique as they are on BLACK vinyl. Neither have EVER been played. [Note: the record pictured in the photo is obviously not the one you're getting]

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chris rainier:

weissenborn, preparations, tape echo, e-bow, cello bow
synth engine pedal on track 4
handclaps and darbuka on track 6

adam casey:

zither through a fuzzbox on track 5
bowed banjo and singing saw on track 10

nat grant:

percussion through a granular delay pedal on track 3
longwave radio on track 5
percussion on tracks 8 and 10

recorded by adam casey at the true vine, melbourne
mixed by adam casey and chris rainier
mastered by adam dempsey at deluxe mastering, melbourne
album design by tess e mckenzie and chris rainier
layout by george munn

cover image taken from 'aku aku' by thor heyerdahl
© gyldendal norsk forlag AS 1957 gyldendal literatur,
used by permission

weissenborn style 1 by tony francis, aotearoa

track 5 makes reference to the song "lei i ka mokihana"
by henry wilfred waia'u © 1925

all weissenborn parts performed live with no overdubs, except on track 6

the following effects pedals were used on this recording:
ernie ball vp junior volume pedal, strymon el capistan, electro harmonix superego, red panda particle

special thanks to red panda pedals / curt malouin, elisa bryant, peter hatzipavlis and matthew stanton

in memory of elspeth jack [1941-2010]



released October 14, 2014


in 2011 i received one of my most prized possessions: a replica of a 1927 weissenborn style 1 hourglass lap steel guitar, made for me by master luthier tony francis in aotearoa / new zealand.

i spent over a year exploring this amazing instrument's capabilities and potential, experimenting with tunings, unorthodox musical styles, and various preparations on and between the strings. i approached the instrument from what was hopefully a unique creative perspective, looking for new sounds, techniques and emotional landscapes. this was all done to try and make this record something different, multi-faceted and engaging.

the conceptualisation and recording process developed into one which came to include various other sonic elements such as tape echo / tape looping [which became cornerstones of the project], percussion and other instrumental oddities [thanks to the contributions of nat grant and adam casey].

i don't believe that a weissenborn has ever been heard like this before, and that this album genuinely explores the multiplicity of sonic possibilities available within the instrument.

nine of the ten tracks on the album were all improvised on the day of recording, and everything on the weissenborn was done live in the moment [again, except for one track!], including choices of preparations, integration of looped parts and even tunings which were sometimes invented on the spot.

the music conceptually explores various themes and events using the notions of "the island" as a central idea: the endless loop of existence in isolation, exotic faraway paradises, shipwrecks and artificial societies, the individual as emotional island, utopias and collapse, nostalgia, lost cultural icons, dancing mania and to conclude the album, even haitian dictators.


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Chris Rainier London, UK

some kind of folk music. various microtonal guitars, weissenborn [a hollowneck lap steel, often with preparations]…also occasional singing, and other instrumental odds and ends.

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