Thuistezien 168 — 05.02.2021
Tongue Depressor are Henry Birdsey and Zach Rowden based in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, working in the fields of drone music, noise and ambience, employing both harmony and dissonance to create abrasive yet all-consuming sonic experiences. They have a very minimal approach to their work, most of which is created through the combination of composition and improvisation on minimal instrumentation each time. Frequently used instruments are the violin, double bass, tuned percussion, acoustic and electric organ, and pedal steel to name a few, all of which are often meticulously set to microtonal tunings. The duration of the pieces is key to their experience, giving the listener the space and time to adjust their ears to the tunings of the instruments, and adding to their hypnotic character. Their untitled contribution to the series was created using orchestral bells and aluminum nesting dolls.
About the series: No View, The Radio
The arts are taking a break. Theaters, museums, concert halls and galleries are closed. To a large extent, the art that is so desperately needed right now is inaccessible. Imagine being quarantined at home without films, without books, without music.
Though we may not access the art, we can still think about it. The enforced rupture of this isolation can also be an opportune moment to reflect on and from, the arts. Every Friday for the upcoming weeks we will showcase original musical works by different artists, selected by Alex Andropoulos.