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RAY BARBEE

TIARA FOR COMPUTER

UM YEAH ARTS


Format: LP
Cata No: UYA010
Barcode: 647603400266
Format: CD
Cata No: UYA010CD
Barcode: 647603400693
In the late 1960s, Peter Zinovieff—co-founder of London’s Electronic
Music Studios—sold his wife’s diamond tiara to subsidize the world’s
first computer in a private residence. At nearly the cost of a house
(and taking up almost an entire room), the weighty extravagance was
purchased and installed to control one singular process: sequencing
sounds. This was the all-or-nothing beginning of EMS, and their
enthusiastic exploration of the unknown—synthesized music—lead
directly to the ground-breaking work of artists like Pink Floyd, Brian
Eno, and Kraftwerk.
In the spirit of that wholehearted approach, Ray Barbee
has ventured into uncharted waters with his latest release,
Tiara For Computer , a synth-anchored album from a man known for his
expressive, solo guitar work . “I’ve always been intrigued with
synthesis,” Barbee clarifies. “All of it: the wave form, the shapes, the
modulation sources. I’ve played guitar long enough that I’ve got a
vocabulary. But what I get the most excited about with synthesis is
being free from music and the idea of not knowing what I’m doing ...
the excitement of not having a vocabulary.”
The development of Tiara ’s synthetic base also proved to be the
perfect excuse to enlist drummer John Herndon (Tortoise, Isotope
217, 5ive Style). “Johnny moved to LA a few years back” Barbee
explains, “and in the back of my head, I’ve always wanted to do some
kind of project where I could come a little closer to where he ‘lives.’”
So along side bassist Josh Lippi ( The Overtimers, Blktop Project),
engineer Monte Vallier (Tommy Guerrero, Mattson 2, Swell), and
with beacon-light producer Thomas Campbell running point, they set
about their shared journey of dubbing, remixing, and accompanying
Barbee’s time drifting, out-of-tune Korg MS-20 synthesizer
.While the end result of Tiara carries the greater-than sum of its
veteran parts, it’s also the product of another unexplained synthesis—a
kind of leap of faith. Barbee remembers thinking, “‘I’m going for this
and I don’t know what I’m doing.’ But I realized that enthusiasm and
excitement can outweigh not knowing. There’s a window ... It only
happens once when you’re endeavoring in something new. There’s
this small window where you function on 80% enthusiasm and
excitement, and 20% technique. There’s something special when you
sit in that place.” 

Tracks:

1. Pink Noise
2. Future Blues
3. What?s His Neck
4. Ocra Vs Jaba
5. Tina Cut
6. Ornithology
7. Holding Company
8. Tiara For Computer
9. Manglenese
10. Neon Native

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