Denise Burt

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  • CD: Michael Gordon – Timber

    Slagwerk Den Haag, percussion

    Released on Cantaloupe Music, 2011

    Images: Vector drawing and wood prints by Denise Burt


    Michael Gordon’s piece Timber is a percussion work and a meditation on travelling sounds and rhythm. The 6 musicians play on instruments called ‘simantras’ which are basically planks of ordinary “2 x 4″ wood cut to different sizes to produce deep resonating sounds with rich overtones.

    The CD is release in a wooden box, heat-stamped with a graphic of the 6 pieces of wood. They are drawn in wireframe and viewed from different perspectives to reference both the physical instruments and the ephemeral and spatial qualities in the music.