CD Format: CD-R
Length - 31:16
Solo instrumental ambient guitar.
An improvisational exploration that mixes gentle restraint and fierce romanticism. A tender rumination of harmony and phrasing that folds in on itself and opens out into a mandala of chill.
Sarasvati appears saying, "create for me a song of twilight."
What is the sound of twilight?
Subdued and restrained, the light gradually shifting towards the blue end of the spectrum.
A kind of graininess as objects and their shadows begin to approach an equivalence of substantiality and insubstantiality.
A certain softness as the sunlight curls away revealing a glow that seems to come from everywhere at once.
Hints of starlight.
A gentleness that transitions into the harder, sharper edged quality of night.
Also, indeterminate sentimentalities:
the fading, another day gone.
the world sinking away into evening.
the sun lost,
the moon and celestial presence gained.
the diminishing of certain possibilities,
but the vague hint of new opportunities.
the end of something
the beginning of something else,
somethings that are not really things.
Cover Photo by Heather Smith
Image Manipulation by RP Collier
Another 2008 release, Deconstruction of Twilight, is a remarkable half-hour long guitar improvisation that sounds more like a group than a solo performance. The album's web site calls it "ambient space," but Collier's guitar style is sometimes closer to Derek Bailey than Robert Fripp, not only through the spidery lines but the absence of overt effects processing to alter the sound of the guitar and the willingness to leave in extraneous noises. Like his thumb piano work, his melodic lines are a-rhythmic, disconnected notes gently meandering around the fretboard. He maintains a slow grounding theme throughout, an underpinning that provides a vague sense of structure and keeps the piece from dissipating into the expressive melody lines. As the piece progresses, sustained notes become more prominent, more important to the overall sound, softening the music into a harmonic cloud.
Collier has been making music for several years, from an early interest in guitar and flute to his more recent work building and playing unconventional instruments. Lamellaphone and Deconstruction of Twilight are the two most recent examples of a long history of independent and highly creative music making.
Review by Caleb Deupree
DECONSTRUCTION OF TWILIGHT: If you're in the mood for a little guitar improv, this CD will do the trick for you... in addition to playing some very laid-back & insightful improvised music, Collier also builds instruments, which allows him (I think) to achieve a kind of intimacy with the guitar that few ever get to. There is no "favorite" this time around, as the composition is one big one, not split up into tracks. Musically, this comes across to the listener much like the way a dream occurs... leading into something that you can't quite determine with any firmness... the difference in this case is that R.P. is able to back up his claim to "pensive and searching guitar work" with - he definitely brings the dream to life for your ears. He also has some very interesting VIDS at YOUTUBE; extremely creative work. If you're looking for guitar works that jump, you'll have to go elsewhere, but if you're a reflective listener who enjoys hearing mystery brought to live, this one is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
DICK METCALF, aka Rotcod Zzaj
Under the mysterious moniker, the artist known as RP Collier has been releasing a slew of varied, idiosyncratic minimalist pieces that draw from a wide spectrum of genres. For over 25 years, he has also been building his own instruments, so you might hear on his recordings a toy piano here and there, or some other sort of droning but carefully shaped sound. He sites avant-garde composer/instrument builder/hobo Harry Partch as an influence, and it shows. Partch's mix of the exotic with the earthy has been an inspiration to artists both for his daring and for his use of the working man's voice as material for his rhythms. Collier uses whatever is at hand, musically and acoustically, to create evocative sound.
"deconstruction of twilight" is a 31 minute CD-R featuring lo-fi guitar improvs that mix noise with subtlety. With moments ranging from the hushed and droning, to the abrasive and monolithic, this single track explores the possibilities of guitar in the hands of RP Collier. In another's hands, it might have played out differently. For someone prone to making his own instruments, Collier plays his guitar here as if making new sounds is the goal. Here, that goal was achieved.
MIKE WOOD www.musicemissions.com
The One True Dead Angel
The poop sheet bills this short (one 31-minute track) disc as "solo instrumental ambient guitar," but it's really more aligned with minimalism than ambient -- Collier opens with lonesome extended single notes that hold and drone, then over time adds and subtracts more notes to create harmonic overtones and clusters of sound that stand out more than you might expect because the background is so stark. The sound is alternately beautiful and disconcerting, but always plaintive and even mysterious. Bell-like tones emerge from the wavering drones, along with squeaks and scrapes, but the barely-shifting drone remains largely constant. This is not music for the impatient; because there is no real rhythm or any kind of immediately recognizable sense of progression, it seems to creep along. Toward the end the multiple tones take on a more rhythmic cast, growing more dissonant and noisier, but at no time does this ever turn into something you might call a pop song by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, it remains a pure exploration of tone and drone, minimalist in execution but considerably more ambitious in intent.
RKF - theonetruedeadangel.blogspot.com