Michael Upton (Jet Jaguar)
Something about the harmonic richness of acoustic harp and the spiky digital mangling makes for a beautiful juxtaposition. Hard believe vol 1 is 11 years old. Vol 3 sounding great so far.
Favorite track: Obliterance.
Modern Music Dan
Sweepingly cinematic, an evocative collection of slow-moving tracks rippling with plucked harp textures and echoing harmonic colours, creating an immersive soundscape to beguile the listener and take them to the edge of the universe.
Favorite track: Forgiven.
In the remote, far north of Australia, 1000km via dirt road thom the nearest city, Kris Keogh has spent the last decade composing otherworldly audio dreamscapes, nocturnes for the galaxies above. Without the light pollution of the city, Arnhem Land’s night skies glitter and glimmer in parallel with his heavily processed sound worlds.
Intersecting contemporary classical, glitched electronics and ambient music, Processed Harp Works, Volume 3 is exactly as described - Kris’ intimately recorded harp playing transformed, using self-designed software patches, into grand, glistening audio starscapes.
This is music full of contrasts - the acoustic tones of the harp are engulfed by heavy digital processing, while extremely quiet recordings (in which you can hear breathing and fingertips brushing strings) are layered into dense, epic walls of sound. It is this sense of bold juxtaposition that also allows this album to work as both an ambient background for the casual listener, or an intense sound experience for those willing to climb in and really pay attention.
PHW, Volume 3 is the third album in a continuing series, the previous volumes were released on Australian experimental labels New Weird Australia and Provenance Records in 2011 and 2017. The move to renowned Japanese label Muzan Editions sees a broader international release for the new volume, with digital and cassette versions.
Thanks to Peachy and Deb for the space to make this, to Brandon, Snapsuit, Sime, Gemma and Mark for feedback, to Josh and |Andreas for helping get this out into the world and to Harumi Okayama and everyone at Aoyama Harps, Osaka. Proudly sponsored by the NT Government.