Colin Andrew Sheffield & James Eck Rippie (Austin)
7:00 pm, Friday 7/14/17
Colin Andrew Sheffield (samples, processing) + James Eck Rippie (turntables, samples, processing)
For the past 16 years, Colin Andrew Sheffield and James Eck Rippie have maintained their improvising duo in the service of subconscious composition. Sourcing the majority of their material from commercial recordings, Sheffield and Rippie pursue their work in dialogue and within a given meditation; as they bring concrete sounds in and out of focus using strategies drawn from plunderphonics and conceptual sound art, the duo detourns once-familiar aural events into something else entirely.
Sheffield & Rippie’s debut LP, Variations (released on Sheffield’s own Elevator Bath record label) was recorded “live” with no additional production. Each of the album’s pieces utilizes sounds from a single acoustic instrument as its sole source material. These sources are manipulated and shattered in multiple ways inside the performance. The duo expanded these concepts on their recent double LP, Essential Anatomies, in addition to a greater focus on the chaos and control within longer narrative work, and the duo’s very personal investigation into their juxtaposition.
Click here to listen to Essential Anatomies on Elevator Bath’s Bandcamp page.
Excerpt from Sheffield & Rippie’s performance at the New Tongues experimental music night at the Museum of Human Achievement: