Dave Halverson | Fragments of What

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Fragments of What

by Dave Halverson

Adventurous guitar and synthesized guitar-driven instrumental rock/jazz/atmospheric music woven with threads of experimental darkness and electronics.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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1. Constellation M
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2. Omicron
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3. Cursed By Robot Gods
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4. What Luck
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5. Farmers in the Spirit Field
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6. Erstwhile Horns
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7. In the Name of the Higher Quadrivium
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8. The Fair
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9. To Lose Blood So Fast Challenges the Consciousness
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10. Is That a Question?
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11. The Great Gull
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12. When We Were Young
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13. To Die No More
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14. The Piper
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Album Notes
The music on Fragments of What covers a wide range of sonic terrain, including electro rock, atmospheric mood, experimental sound, and solo instrumental pieces. The compositional approaches were sometimes rooted in the improvisational jazz model, superimposed on varying degrees of structure.

The music features primarily guitar and synthesized guitar textures, often in the context of a rhythmic backdrop.

Fragments of What is a significant departure from earlier work with the jazz-rock band Trance Lucid. The music was conceived and recorded with a focus on exploring new territory within a non-band framework.


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Steve English

enigmatic compositions with distinct personalities
The third release from Oakland-based studio wiz Dave Halverson is what you get when Robert Miles and Joe Satriani get together for coffee: with its twinkling keys, lush atmospherics and occasional slabs of wanktastic electric guitar, the enigmatic Fragments of What is a new-age record wrapped in a rock record inside a chillout record. It's an enjoyable guilty pleasure, though, layering scrubbed-up, precision-tuned guitar chords over waves of ululating synth throbs, with bells, phonemail voices, Wurlitzer oompa-loompa and electronic detritus in unexpected places.

Lacking vocals to hide behind, Halverson's arrangements are left to carry the album. Most of his constructions don't need them, conveying distinct personalities and moods through pace and tone. "In the Name of the Higher Quadrivium" offers dark, sinister thrills powered by grumbling bass and icy keys, the fantastically-titled "Cursed By Robot Gods" bounces along to a mechanized thump, and the not-so-fantastically-titled "To Lose Blood So Fast Challenges the Consciousness" is one long, modulated drone experiment.