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The Upside Down World (for Glenn Branca)

by Matthew Welch



Matthew Welch (bagpipes)

As a pro-minimalism bagpiper and rock fan, I related to the hypnotic drones, purer intonation and loudly buzzing timbre of the music of Glenn Branca. I aspired to create a solo bagpipe piece that could reflect Branca’s shimmering surfaces of rhythmic figures, dense harmonic clouds and sublime chorales, and symphonic scale - here 40 minutes. The pipes achieve a kind of polyphony and orchestral texture through rapid micro-rhythms played into the incredibly reverberant chapter house in the ruins of the medieval Crossraguel Abbey, Scotland. Recorded 2001, just days before 9/11. Sad to see him pass in 2018, and so from the Kotekan Records vaults comes this dedication already to him aged like a fine Scotch whisky, now a wailing requiem to his idiom. Rock in Protest GB.
- Matthew Welch 10/06/2019

Recorded in the chapter house of the ruins of Crossraguel Abbey, Ayrshire, Scotland in September 2001.
Cover art by Lauren Kolesinskas

Kotekan 108
Copyright 2019 Matthew Welch


released October 6, 2019


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Kotekan Records San Francisco, California

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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