antboy05 - Will Guthrie - SPEAR

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Will Guthrie




8min 27seconds


January 2005
in Nantes at Apo33


Apo33, Stefano Pilia and Erell.


SPEAR was composed in the studio to combine sound material from percussion, radio sine-waves, noise, electronics and cheap concrete-sound. It contains sound recorded in London, that recorded sound was then used in a live performance in Bologna and recorded, then chopped, combined, subtracted and added to in Nantes.
Impossible and pointless to try to describe the sound(s) in a press release ANTBOY prefers to let the listener decide which pointless and impossible desciptions they choose.
Having said that, the composer worked to sculpt a peice that made sense compositionally, using noise and sound, but with music in mind.



"Will (i)
ok , i'm looking to write in a us/australian (ugly) style

juste listen your music on Ant

i really like wat you do (sorry i'm not a cock sucker , it's just the fucking truth ) the cd you send me ( spear) is a full piece of energy and dynamic in a short time , not a long shit of poor noise like many people do actualy (i really love small pieces)

in generaly i totaly hate the "new noisist young generation" (are you ?)because they just do crap and artefact from stuff deja vue (so many clones of voice crack and otomo etc etc ..) and what ? nothing ...du vent
i'm not happy with improvisation (when i play) it's not my fucking tasse de tea (j'ai du mal ...)(exept when i improv with friends like sun plexus guys or other friends) but , composition with concret sound / noise stuff ..;oh yes this is the great stuff i like
but i like some of impro killer like definitely BORBETOMAGUS or Nihilist S Band, Albert Ayler Rudoph Grey ......
because they do (some are dead...) full luminous energy with no border or influence

looking to order all the records on AnTbOy, what is the creepy price
a bientot
borgito sneba B


Don't let the brevity of either the disc or the write-up put you off. This CDR by Will Guthrie, clocking it at less than 8" minutes, is far more worthwhile than the bulk of other releases you're likely to come across this year.

"Spear" is more or less a concrete piece, cobbled together from Guthrie's own percussion as well as field recordings and who knows what else, assembled into a solid, rough-hewn slab of sound, a varied and at times vicious assault of bangs and wallops, especially in its first half, though it subsides somewhat toward the end of the work. Think extreme Xenakis leavened, perhaps, by a bit of Julien Ottavi's influence ("Spear" was assembled in January of this year in Nantes). But my guess is that both those of a more 'traditional' electro-acoustic bent as well as the young 'uns enamored of the No Fun set will have a blast with this one.



"Spear" is a short but very intense electroacoustic effort by Will Guthrie, who is equally accomplished in percussion and studio work. This 8'28" piece is a war bulletin mixing David Jackman and Keith Rowe with "musique concrete" spicy condiments; noise, radio and charged stimulation maintain the level of vigilance very high - no time for deep breathing here, Guthrie is on the top of his bemusing irritability in doses that are proportional to his first class assembling skills.