SCALE, addresses issues of observation, embodied transferences, telepathy and duration employing swipes, knocks, resonators and hypnotic patternings on the acoustic harp with the less controllable sounds of radio waves, homemade synths and feedback.
Inspired by the timings and sensations of natural phenomena including daylight’s slow emergence at dawn and the pulsing ambiance of ocean currents. Nature as both utopic and disruptive. Attention is situated in an often luscious, contemplative sonic environment that shifts at varying rates from the imperceptible to sudden unexpected bursts. Co-authored by Parkins and Kolar, this piece was originally commissioned by choreographer Jennifer Monson for her work bend the even and performed live at the famed Chocolate Factory Theater in Queens, NY.
released August 7, 2020
Zeena Parkins - acoustic and electric harp, forks/tuned metal, electronics, and field recordings
Recorded: Office Studio, Mills College, Oakland, California
Engineer: Norman Teale
Electric harp recorded at Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Engineer: Zeena Parkins
Jeff Kolar - electronics, radio, voice
Recorded: Chicago, Illinois
Engineer: Jeff Kolar
Mixed & Mastered: Matthew Mehlan, Chicago, Illinois
Executive Producer: Joel Peterson
Thank you: Jennifer Monson, Elliott Cennetoglu, Mauriah Donegan, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Chocolate Factory Theater, Joel Peterson
Front Cover: Aerial: Other Cities #12 Susan Goethel Campbell[Detail] (2018, woodblock print with perforations, 23 x 31inches, edition of four. Photographed by Tim Thayer