LINDA AUBRY BULLOCK: Ray of Dark
sedcd056 | Released in 2010 | Ltd Edition 500 copies | $10
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LINDA AUBRY BULLOCK: Ray of Dark
Boston based electronic artist whose work recalls certain bleak atmospheres and sensibilities of many mid-80s post industrial artists: menacing, pulsating, and droning. Her work is not overt or obvious though, instead inserting its way into your system like a deadly parasite or virus. The order of material on the disc was skillfully assembled to work as a whole in this way and we recommend listening to it rather loudly with the shades drawn.
Fifty-minute compact disc housed in our unique plastic-free four color panel card stock sleeve with spine.
Linda Aubry Bullock’s subtle emergence on to the Boston experimental music scene in 2002 was a smile inducing surprise for those of us who knew her solely as a visual artist. It was quickly apparent however, that this was no novelty as she excelled in a range of projects with her unyielding analog electronic contributions. After seeing Bullock perform many times over the years and then hearing the menacing piece “Ray of Dark” on the Rare Frequency radio program in August of 2008, we were inspired to commission her to submit a full length’s disc of material for a long overdue debut release. While LAB does fly solo, she truly thrives in collaborative settings, several with her partner the composer Mike Bullock, and he appears here with Twilight of the Century. What we love about her work is its directness and purity. Her electronics recall certain bleak atmospheres and sensibilities of many mid-80s post industrial artists: menacing, pulsating, and droning. Her work is not overt or obvious though, instead inserting its way into your system like a deadly parasite or virus. The order of material on the disc was skillfully assembled to work as a whole in this way and we recommend listening to it rather loudly with the shades drawn.
Twilight of the Century is a collaboration between Century Plants (Eric Hardiman and Ray Hare) and rise set twilight (Linda Aubry Bullock and Michael T. Bullock). The first 4 tracks are our reaction pieces to this performance - material taken from Twilight of the Century's performance on July 31, 2008 in Albany, NY. The other two pieces on this album, while not directly involving TotC are related to the time that the group was forming. I feel that A Specific Gravity is the shadow self of TotC. It was recorded by Michael T.Bullock during a residency at STEIM in Amsterdam, NL in June 2009.
If I drew a Venn Diagram, the center would contain The Story of Mike, the sets being friendship, family, and places. It was inspired by a recording of Seth Cluett and Jennifer Eberhart as they were conjecturing on the origins of MTB.
Linda Aubry Bullock's earliest memories include being fascinated with the sound of humming transformers, birds, and the drone of the distant television. After music composition studies at Berklee College of Music (MA) and Bennington College (MFA), she developed a career primarily in the visual arts: porcelain, and painting. She currently creates stop motion videos under the name Orangecookie Image and Sound. Linda also performs and composes electronic music via field recordings, harp, and other sources, and has played in many settings domestically and internationally. In addition to Twilight of the Century, Linda is part of the multimedia duo rise set twilight with Michael T. Bullock. Layering analog and digital feedback, phonography, and projections, rise set twilight creates immersive performance installations. rise set twilight has performed at CABLE# Festival in Nantes, France; EMPAC in Troy, NY; and free103point9's Radio Festival NYC. She is also a member of the New England Phonographers Union, a group that performs using unprocessed field recordings.
1.) Ray of Dark (LAB)
2.) Stage Evil (Fossils From the Sun)
3.) Line's Dead (MTB)
4.) Navigational Madness (Rambutan)
5.) The Story of Mike (LAB)
6.) A Specific Gravity (MTB)
Fossils from the Sun is Ray Hare
Rambutan is Eric Hardiman
All tracks mastered by Bhob Rainey
Photos by LAB Paris, 2008
Thanks to Susanna Bolle of the radio program Rare Frequency (WZBC Newton 90.3 FM) where the piece, Ray of Dark premiered on 08/07/08.
and thanks my TotC bandmates, Mike, Ray, and Eric.