man and the echo

by Chris Rainier

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    ***STOP PRESS***
    26/06/19

    I have also decided to let go two of the three remaining test pressings of 'man and the echo'. These are also unique as they are on BLACK vinyl. Neither have EVER been played. The record pictured in the photo is obviously not the one you're getting ;)

    This will most definitely, certainly be the only test pressings I will ever sell of this album, so please get one if you want one! This is IT!

    Please note that this is only for the vinyl, in a plastic sleeve (which is how I received it from the manufacturer). No artwork or anything like that. If you want that and you don't own the album yet, check out the few remaining copies still left above. I'll even sign the test pressing if you like - it currently only has 'SIDE A' printed on the relevant side.

    Thank you,
    Chris

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    ***STOP PRESS***
    26/06/19

    Upon opening a long-sealed box (during a recent visit to Australia), I discovered six still-sealed copies of 'man and the echo' that I had completely lost track of over the years; so, I'm putting them up here to find their way into the world!

    These will most definitely, certainly be the last, the very last (ever) copies of this album on vinyl, so please get one if you want one! This is the END!

    Thank you,
    Chris

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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
© gyldenhal norsk forlag AS 1957 gyldenhal literatur
used by permission
weissenborn style 1 by tony francis, aotearoa

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

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

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

in memory of elspeth jack [1941-2010]

credits

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. microtonal guitars, weissenborn [a hollowneck lap steel, often with preparations]. also singing, and other instrumental odds and ends.

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