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Hag at the Churn (2003 - Re​-​issue)

by Matthew Welch

Indosax 01:39
Ornamental 01:35
Webern's Jig 00:29
Uncle Morty 03:36
SKB 02:43
Rabbits 03:25
Piobraga 07:01


Kotekan Records is proud to re-issue Matthew Welch's 2003 album of DIY electronica compositions, previously released on Newsonic Records. Perhaps Welch's wildest array of compositional experimentation, using the recording technology and electronic processing to integrate bagpipes into the modern musical landscape. Burgeoning with ideas, this vital document exhibits the early potential of his Welch's broad musical imagination just prior to forming his Blarvuster-driven and operatic compositional voice that we hear today.

from the 2003 release:

Composition Notes
1. Scarce of Atari - from the old bagpipe piobaireachd Scarce of Fishing
2. Indosax - Balinese interlocking textures serve to inspire an approach to sustained, rapid and minimally shifting ornamentation.
3. Crossraguel Song - sound of voice and bagpipe as one
4. Ornamental - a short improvisation with a new look at ornamentation.
5. Ambience from the Milldust - realized with Barry Truax's POD System, this is a mobile variation form using granular synthesis, a way to divide samples into particles and manipulate densities and textures, from fused to the rhythmic.
6. Webern's Jig - a twelve tone jig with a Webern-esque row.
7. Blues for Seraut - a new look at pointillism. Solo bagpipes in the reverberant Sachristy chamber of the ruins of medieval Crossraguel Abbey, Ayrshire, Scotland.
8. Uncle Morty - As a player of an always-loud instrument, Morton Feldman's obsessively softened flat dynamics opened up a curious obsession for me.
9. Academic Quadrangle - a tune to commemorate a monolith of information.
10. Chef's Special - a solo-trio overdub of various bagpipe parts, water bowl, saxophone, chromatic harmonica and house keys.
11. SKB - SUBKONTRABASS - thanks Eli and Anthony
12. Rabbits - what a frustrating instrument to learn.
13. Piobraga - based on the piobaireachd I am Proud to Play a Pipe.
14. Never the Lore - a new canntaireachd - sound of voice as bagpipe
15. Looking at Loch Fyne - a piobaireachd for the view so inspiring. Thanks Stuart!



released January 20, 2019

All compositions written, performed and realized by Matthew Welch
Produced by Matthew Welch and Seth Misterka
Originally released in 2003 on Newsonic Records

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Kotekan Records is dedicated to the projects of Matthew Welch. Inspired by the interlocking rhythm, Kotekan records focuses on the most intertwined reaches of Welch’s hybrid compositional world. Each album cover is commissioned from artist Lauren Kolesinskas. ... more

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