Roulette TV caught solo sets and a world premiere duo performance by Bill Orcutt ("one of the most influential noise artists of the 20th century") and Chris Corsano ( “one of the most exciting drummers on the planet”) - and asked the tough questions:
"What is your name and what do you do?"
"Why are the two of you playing together?"
"Why play loud?"
"Why do your records sound the way they do?"
"Why modify your instrument?"
"WHY MAKE MUSIC?"
First spellbound by freely improvised music in the mid-1990s after witnessing performances by TEST, William Parker, Cecil Taylor, and others, Chris Corsano began a long-standing, high-energy partnership with Paul Flaherty in 1998. A move from western Massachusetts, USA to the UK in 2005 led Corsano to develop an expanded solo music of his own, incorporating sax reeds, violin strings and bows, pot lids, and other everyday household items into his drum kit. In February 2006 he released his first solo recording, The Young Cricketer, and toured extensively throughout Europe, USA, and Japan. He spent 2007 and ’08 as the drummer on Björk’s Volta world tour, all the while weaving in shows and recordings on his days off with the likes of Evan Parker, Virginia Genta, and C. Spencer Yeh. Moving back to the U.S. in 2009, Corsano returned focus to his own projects, most notably a duo with Michael Flower, Rangda (with Sir Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny) and solo work, now revamped to include synthesizers and contact microphones in addition to his drum set and home-made acoustic instruments.
Former guitarist and founder of the noise/punk rock duo Harry Pussy (later a trio) Bill Orcutt’s sound is a hiccup-stuttered reimagining of blues guitar. One can hear familiar Southern folk scales between Orcutt’s jagged solo acoustic phrases, pulling and pushing melodies into unresolved fragments that eventually come unmoored in vast and satisfying note-torrents.
Produced by JIM STALEY
Directed, Edited, Shot, Mixed by MATTHEW MEHLAN
Audio Recording by JUSTIN FRYE
Additional Editing by BRENDAN RILEY
Title Music Courtesy of DORON SADJA
Aired on rTV: 2012
Performance: Aug. 30, 2012