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by William C Harrington

A collection of ten improvisations recorded at various times in various locations - featuring some a Southern California's finest improvisers.
Genre: Avant Garde: Electro-Acoustic
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1. Curse of the Gitmo Choir
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2. Electronics 1
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3. Palm 29
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4. Fuzzbergenoids
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5. Events
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6. Two Reeds Are Better Than One
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7. The Brighton Syndrome
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8. Cool It
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9. The Little Pad in Echo Park
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10. Fools
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Album Notes
Electronic composer, keyboard and saxophonist, William C. Harrington was born in Yonkers, New York. At Cal State U Dominguez Hills, he studied composition, performance, and electronic music with Richard B. Evans, author of the classic book on John Cage, "The Well Prepared Piano". He was also influenced by seminars with several composers including Nicholas Slominsky.

After leaving college he worked in the wholesale record industry for two years before going on tour. He worked as a keyboard technician for several bands, including Gentle Giant, before beginning a three year working relationship with Frank Zappa. (This included three America tours, two European tours, spending several months in the studio working on the album "Baby Snakes" and making a brief, credited appearance in Zappa's movie, "Baby Snakes"). He was with Zappa in Paris when Pierre Boulez first visited.

Upon returning to LA, he attended the UCLA Extension, Music Business program where he was awarded two NARAS scholarships. He studied record production with Nick Venet (producer of The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater and many others).

His first two CDs, Urban Electronic Music, and UEM Live received good reviews and airplay on NPR, college and indie radio stations. In 2006 The American Composers Forum awarded him a SUBITO grant to help defer the cost of his third studio CD, Nuclear Menace which was reviewed favorably in the fall/2007 issue of Signal to Noise Magazine. His current release, Science Can't Explain It, was released this year. He has recently performed at the REDCAT Theater - in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, ResBox at The Steve Allen Theater and the SASSAS presentation based on the Scratch Orchestra Draft Constitution.

This album was recorded during 2010 and features improvisations recorded both in the studio and in various live performances. The players include:

William C. Harrington - saxes, synths, oboe and electronics
Andy Sykora - voice, percussion, gongs, found objects and electronics (1, 3, 7, 8)
Cristie Carter - voice (3)
David Strayer - drums (4)
Jasmine Orpilla - voice, vocal manipulations (8)
Ted Byrnes - drums, percussive devices (9)

Produced by William C. Harrington
all tracks © by William C. Harrington


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Issue # 111
William C. Harrington – G3: William just COOKS his sax/reeds on this grand CD (...). An improvised collection from various sets, it has many gems for those listeners not afraid to explore the nether regions… I particularly enjoyed tracks like “Fuzzbergenoids“… Williams’ energetic interaction with the hyper drums will send you runnin’ to yer’ doc for 10 refills of your 1000MB Valium scrip… OR, it will calm your nerves & put you at peace (the latter in my case.. ha! ha!). The track that turned the tide, though, & made me select it as favorite, was the electronically expansive “Events“… 5:03 droningly pleasureful moments, reminiscent (in some places) of what I imagine the outer rings of Saturn may sound like. For those listeners most enchanted with creatively inspired music, I give this my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.97… in fact, William gets the “PICK” of this issue for “most intriguing improv”. Get more information at http://wmharrington.bandcamp.com/ Rotcod Zzaj

Jonathan Cohen

So it's not necessarily a new story (though the whole collectively exploring experimental music and noise with instruments is pretty cool....to learn more go to http://www.urbanelectronicmusic.com): formally trained musician becomes infatuated with the realm of electronic music and all of the possibilities it presents, slowly begins incorporating different styles, and voila! Something new and exciting is born. Such is the case of multi-instrumentalist/composer William C. Harrington who on this, his fifth album, G3, he has decided to collect a series of improvisations he had a chance of participating in with “some of Southern California's finest improvisers.” At this music I feel it necessary to say the following: this is not music for the faint of heart. Now, if that doesn't turn you off I also feel comfortable saying that listening to this album is quite a rewarding experience Listen more than once though...LOTS of range
Sounds Like: Edgar Varèse, John Zorn
Recommended Tracks:
Fuzzbergenoids (Track 4)**** – powerful song and oh, it will take you places
The Brighton Syndrome (Track 7)*** – Ornette Coleman (yes, I do know that Coleman played alto, not soprano) meets the cast of Stomp!
The Little Pad in the Echo Park (Track 9)**** - Holy shit! Wait...so Albert Ayler isn't dead?