Between October 2, 2015 and January 24, 2016, Marfa Book Company presented Marfa Loops Shouts and Hollers, an exhibition of works by Rob Mazurek. This catalogue documents the exhibition of 39 original paintings and objects. It also includes 70 minutes of audio on 25 tracks composed by the artist.
The book features an essay by John Corbett, author of Microgroove: Forays into Other Music and A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation, and co-owner of Corbett vs. Dempsey, an art gallery in Chicago, IL. It also includes an essay by Tiago Mesquita, an art critic, writer, curator and educator living in São Paulo, Brazil. Tim Johnson, who lives in Marfa, TX where he owns and operates Marfa Book Company with his wife, the art historian and archivist, Caitlin Murray, contributes an introductory text.
"Chimeric Stoned Horn" is the official follow-up to Mazurek's "Vortice of the Faun" CS we released back in 2015. "Chimeric Stoned Horn" is also released in conjunction with Mazurek's art opening "Constellation Scores" at URDLA in France, September 16th.
This is Mazurek's first recording featuring Piccolo Trumpet, acoustic and processed with his modular synths, with modules by Make Noise, Industrial Music Electronics and Doepfer, alongside voice incantations and mystic bell projections. It is also one of the first Mazurek albums recorded entirely in his new home in Marfa, Texas. "Chimeric Stoned Horn" picks up where "Vortice" left off, but goes much deeper and in different nuanced ways throughout the 40 minute run time.
“Vortice of the Faun” is Rob Mazurek's latest cassette release and was entirely constructed through electro-acoustic means, utilizing oscillators and modules designed by The Harvestman (Seattle) and MakeNoise (Asheville), some of which sample acoustic sources, though most of the cassette is created from purely electronic sounds.Hundreds of samples and audio colors were collected, and the portable rack that contains these devices - a recent addition to his quiver - has granted a tough additional dimension to Mazurek's canvas. Furthermore, this set is not entirely solo - one piece, “Arc in Light of Faun Tiger Born” features four separately conducted rabeca tracks performed by Thomas Rohrer that have been woven into a landscape of glitches, fluffs, and flinty whirrs. Mazurek has never appeared to merely augment his brass with electronic resources; rather, his dedication to electronic music is an extension of the brass tradition. There's a physicality, often abrupt but always shaped, to this music - at times it appears rooted in the economy of breath and an almost embouchure-driven phraseology of forward motion and sculpted color.
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