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BEN CHATWIN

HEAT & ENTROPY

BA DA BING!


Format: LP
Cata No: BING115
Barcode: 600197011515
Format: CD
Cata No: BING115CD
Barcode: 600197011522
Ben Chatwin begins his new album with an instrument you’d least
expect—a dulcitone. Created in the late 19th century, the keyboard hits
tuning forks with felt hammers, sounding like an ornate music box. It
serves as the perfect lead in to Heat & Entropy, whose title refers to how
introducing heat (energy) and entropy (chaos) into any given system can
create life, exploring the blurring lines between man and machine.
The first Chatwin album to be recorded domestically, Heat & Entropy
starts a new chapter for the Queensferry, Scotland-based musician. Under
the name Talvihorros, Chatwin is known for his innovative combination
of electronic experimentation and modern classical composition.
However, last year’s The Sleeper Awakes took a left turn and exchanged
vanguard minimalism for enhanced melodics. Heat & Entropy delves
further into this world. The result is an ornate exploration into future
possibilities.
On Heat & Entropy, Chatwin originally intended to use only strings,
forcing him to explore lesser-known instruments. For “Standing Waves,”
he attached pieces of metal, rubber and tape to the piano strings. “The
Kraken” uses Terry Riley’s repetition as a starting point, but leads to
distorted vocals and an intense, hammered dulcimer climax. “Euclidean
Plane” incorporates a bowed mandolin and a three-stringed didley-bow,
along with acoustic guitar and metallophone by Ben’s brother, Jordan
Chatwin, who has had no formal training and learned guitar by ear, playing
with unconventional tunings and chords.
Despite the unique sounds and textures Chatwin found among the
strings, the lure of electronics proved too great. “The album then became
about the tensions between the acoustic, or natural world, and the electronic
world” he explains. “For me this is where the excitement lies…. It
creates a unique world of contrasts and conflicting relationships.”
Chatwin calls Heat & Entropy “an album of contrast, conflict and chaos,
but also of complex relationships.” Melody rises above the maelstrom
in these compositions. It’s an album of experimentation, of delicately
contrasting the organic with the artificial, and ultimately of great beauty
and sophistication. Heat & Entropy marks the emergence of an incredibly
exciting and visionary Scots composer.

Tracks:

1. Inflexion
2. Gravitational Bodie
3. Standing Waves
4. Phantom Lights
5. Oscillations
6. The Kraken
7. Surface Tension
8. Euclidean Plane
9. Corpseways

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