Milkwork is the resulting work of one of Rosaly's solo drum ventures. Milkwork explores the process of free-improvisation with both acoustic and electronically manipulated percussion instruments to produce a wild and gorgeous panoply of sound. Rosaly has developed a personal and often visceral method and approach to drumming, whereby motion is the primary element to the creation of sound. Though a large component of Milkwork is created through improvisation, the music is constructed using many compositional concepts such as the Song Form, Minimalist techniques (ala La Monte Young, Steve Reich, Terry Riley), and 'additive' or layering processes often heard in modern electronic music. Milkwork also draws inspiration from the likes of percussionists Milford Graves, Tony Buck and Billy Higgins. Using contact microphones, oscillators, effects pedals and analog synthesizers along side an acoustic drum set up, Milkwork navigates a wide sonic palette.
released January 12, 2010
Frank Rosaly - drums and electronics
Recorded at Strobe in Chicago by Nick Broste
Mixed by Nick Broste