a gift for the Ephemerist

by Andrew Heath & Anne Chris Bakker

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    Pro-dubbed cassette with on-body printing on a clear shell. Full-colour double-sided J-card. This deluxe special edition is signed by Andrew and Chris and also includes hand-made packaging by Andrew Heath with two numbered mini-prints

    Also includes an exclusive bonus track - Foreshore (Waddenzee)
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A gift for the Ephemerist is the second release from the ongoing collaboration between Dutch, ambient guitarist Anne Chris Bakker and British, minimal pianist and sound-recordist Andrew Heath. These four pieces chart a slow moving, lower case journey inspired by place and process. Combining tonal washes and textural recordings punctuated by pointillist piano and guitar notes to produce music that creates an ephemeral, dreamlike stasis.

They met when Andrew invited Chris to play in the UK’s Resound festival. This cemented a friendship and mutual admiration of each other’s music. Andrew then visited Chris in the north of the Netherlands for a week of inspired improvisation - spending their time gathering field recordings, composing and of course, cycling.

There followed an intense period of improvisation and experimentation, deep in the cold winter days of the northern Netherlands, and using elements as diverse as pianos on railway platforms and old reel to reel tape machines, Chris and Andrew worked with many hours of material to finally distil ‘A gift for the Ephemerist’.

Inspired by the landscape around them and by their temporary studio in a centuries old mill beside a frozen canal, their signature sound evolved into these four pieces. Pause and contemplate, for here, suspended in time and place, are modulating drones, fragile notes, texture and immersive driftscapes which shimmer and pulse. Overwhelmingly informed both by an open, minimal landscape and a love of process, allowing lower case sounds to softly form.

Huge thanks to Renske for studio space, bicycles 
and just being there.

Thanks also to James at Rusted Tone Recordings for his enthusiasm and belief in this work.

credits

released June 10, 2019

Andrew Heath - Piano, electronics, field recordings
Anne Chris Bakker - Guitar, electronics, tape manipulation, field recordings

Artwork - Andrew Heath
Mastering - James Armstrong at Rusted Tone Recordings

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Andrew Heath Stroud, UK

Ambient, piano based, lower-case music. Quiet and intimate - it explores sounds from both acoustic and electronic sources, along with processed field recordings and gathered, ‘found’ sounds. This music is not static though. It drifts. It constantly shifts and creates new maps that are full of change but listen carefully and you’ll also hear quiet, random glitches or shimmering dissonances. ... more

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