Mind Creature Sound Dasein

by Ben Stapp & Joe Morris feat. Stephen Haynes

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    When it comes to abstract art, it can be a challenge to escape figurative norms, storytelling, and programmatic signposts. After all, the purity of material, whether visual, sonic, or textual, is a heavy thing to take on its own. Navigating abstraction, or “going to the center” as the late trumpeter Bill Dixon said, requires a massive amount of commitment. But sometimes a guide into these realms is necessary, and tubaist Ben Stapp is not afraid to give equal heft to narrative association and complex free interplay. An international presence since 2007, Stapp’s work thus far has culminated in a dystopian psychological opera, Myrrha’s Red Book. Stapp has also written a science fiction novel, and often draws imagery from the worlds that occupy his imagination: spiritual, transcendent, yet regularly beset by unnerving and unseating forces.

    In this improvised setting, thematics were provided to guitarist Joe Morris and cornetist Stephen Haynes, and the musicians let fly with inspiration. Stapp first began working with Morris and Haynes in 2011 and developed a formidable language of expanded techniques and detailed, rugged interplay. Utilizing a range of mutes, objects, circular breathing, and tonguing approaches, Stapp surges and belches and chortles with the best of ‘em, but also has a command of the rhythmic and tonal personality that quantifies his instrument. Coupled to Morris’ skittering acoustic vitality (including a range of horizontal scrapes and subharmonic flecks, along with occasional pitch-dividing scumble) and Haynes’ narrow screams, they present a range of colors and alien analogues fit for a journey into the center of the mind. Whether one listens with a joyous ear to the sounds’ commingling or with pictorial inquisition, the results will stagger.

    Clifford Allen

    Ben Stapp: Acoustic Tuba and Euphonium, Acoustic Items
    Joe Morris: Electric Guitar, Pedals
    Special Guest, Stephen Haynes, Cornet - tracks 4,5,7, and 11

    all tracks Ben Stapp UQBAR MUSIC Publishing BMI

    Produced by Ben Stapp.
    Recorded November 25th, 2017 at Firehouse 12 Studios.
    Mixed and Mastered February 10th, 2018 by Greg DiCrosta at Firehouse 12 Studios. New Haven, Connecticut
    Liner Notes: Clifford Allen
    Photo: Greg DiCrosta
    Graphic Design: Małgorzata Lipińska
    Executive Producer: Maciej Karłowski

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When it comes to abstract art, it can be a challenge to escape figurative norms, storytelling, and programmatic signposts. After all, the purity of material, whether visual, sonic, or textual, is a heavy thing to take on its own. Navigating abstraction, or “going to the center” as the late trumpeter Bill Dixon said, requires a massive amount of commitment. But sometimes a guide into these realms is necessary, and tubaist Ben Stapp is not afraid to give equal heft to narrative association and complex free interplay. An international presence since 2007, Stapp’s work thus far has culminated in a dystopian psychological opera, Myrrha’s Red Book. Stapp has also written a science fiction novel, and often draws imagery from the worlds that occupy his imagination: spiritual, transcendent, yet regularly beset by unnerving and unseating forces.

In this improvised setting, thematics were provided to guitarist Joe Morris and cornetist Stephen Haynes, and the musicians let fly with inspiration. Stapp first began working with Morris and Haynes in 2011 and developed a formidable language of expanded techniques and detailed, rugged interplay. Utilizing a range of mutes, objects, circular breathing, and tonguing approaches, Stapp surges and belches and chortles with the best of ‘em, but also has a command of the rhythmic and tonal personality that quantifies his instrument. Coupled to Morris’ skittering acoustic vitality (including a range of horizontal scrapes and subharmonic flecks, along with occasional pitch-dividing scumble) and Haynes’ narrow screams, they present a range of colors and alien analogues fit for a journey into the center of the mind. Whether one listens with a joyous ear to the sounds’ commingling or with pictorial inquisition, the results will stagger.

Clifford Allen

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released March 20, 2019

Ben Stapp: Acoustic Tuba and Euphonium, Acoustic Items
Joe Morris: Electric Guitar, Pedals
Special Guest, Stephen Haynes, Cornet - tracks 4,5,7, and 11

all tracks Ben Stapp UQBAR MUSIC Publishing BMI

Produced by Ben Stapp.
Recorded November 25th, 2017 at Firehouse 12 Studios.
Mixed and Mastered February 10th, 2018 by Greg DiCrosta at Firehouse 12 Studios. New Haven, Connecticut
Liner Notes: Clifford Allen
Photo: Greg DiCrosta
Graphic Design: Małgorzata Lipińska
Executive Producer: Maciej Karłowski

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