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Sylvia Hallett: White Fog

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My next interview is with Sylvia Hallett who is going to talk to us about White Fog. Sylvia is a well-known figure in free improvisation whose music is extraordinarily creative and unique. She was one of my first connections when I first moved to London and she's always been forthcoming with the kind of anecdotes and insights which are perfect for Navel-Gazers. The album in question "White Fog" is one of my all-time favorite works in any medium: its pitch-shifted violins, bowed bicycle wheels and pastoral field recordings are sounds I've revisited numerous times and I'm delighted to have this discussion with Sylvia but before we start, I want to urge our readers to listen to "White Fog" in its entirety, through headphones!






AC: Thanks for doing this interview Sylvia. One thing I've learned doing a few of these is that some musicians find it surprising and a little disorienting at first, for the interview to be about a single album rather than their en…

Beaten Tooth: The Indian Lake

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My next interview is with Chris Anderson who is going to talk to us about The Indian Lake, a strange album he and Jeff Jackson recorded as "Beaten Tooth" at a cabin deep in the Adirondack region of New York, a decade ago. This is a work which so captivates me that I once ventured upstate myself in hopes of encountering phenomena such as the Great Spirit and the Ponderosa Beach which are conjured in its lyrics. Listening back to this music in order to prepare for our discussion I was instantly transported to that time and place and I was left with many questions for Chris. I doubt I will ever be able to decipher or comprehend the mysteries of The Indian Lake but let's see if I can come any closer.






AC: Indian Lake is located in upstate New York, which is where you grew up and also where you've lived for much of your adult life. However when "The Indian Lake" was recorded you were not living in upstate New York, you were actually living in Philadelphia which is…

Petero Kalulé & Edward Shipsey: in everyday life

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My next interview is with Petero Kalulé and Edward Shipsey who are going to talk about in everyday life. Petero and Ed are two of the most interesting artists I've encountered in London yet I had not realized the extent of their collaboration until I uncovered a treasure trove of recordings at Petero's Bandcamp. The earliest of these, "in everyday life", was recorded on a mobile phone in Regent's Park, where ambient city sounds provide the comforting backdrop to an exuberant cacophony of woodwind instruments, percussion objects and vocalisations. Given this premise and these artists, I knew this one would be special even before listening, but nothing can really prepare you for all the surprising moments along the way "in everyday life".





AC: Perusing through your catalogue I see you guys collaborate prolifically. Unlike most of the other releases, "in everyday life" has a little blurb at the bottom with an explanation of where it was recorded, i…