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static swimmers

by Jim Denley and Noel Meek

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tread water 21:04


Noel (NZ) and Jim (Aus) have been meeting across the ditch for over a decade. Their swimming in the turbulent waters of the Tasman, Te Tai-o-Rehua, has produced these two offerings.

Both players are trained in specific music genres and are, at the same time and to varying degrees, Art Brut practitioners. Here they’ve plunged into the seething frequency sea without life-jackets. Any imposition of one swimming style would be inherently anti-ethical, as trained sub-selves swim while others flounder and sink without 'the knowledge' — splintering psyches and ultimately drowning.

So they ‘tread water’ and ‘go with the flow’.

The structure and distribution of the turbulence, which constitutes a sort-of content of the description of their sounds, is not separate from the formative activity of the currents, which create, maintain and ultimately could dissolve the totality of their musical vortices. The danger might be that static, they drift towards well-tempered orthodoxy — get caught in rips of normality, but in reality, there's too much noise in the weather.


released May 29, 2020

Jim Denley – alto sax Noel Meek – electronics
Recorded by Jim Denley at Tempe Jets 18th Nov 2017. Mixed and mastered by Jim Denley at Kaloola. Photo: Noel Meek
Thanks to Splinter and Romy Caen for use of equipment.


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