April 14th, 2013
Two Ships is a set of live, improvised electro-acoustic music by the duo of Ellen Band–who is actually a woman, not a band–and David Lee Myers, who is actually a man, not a woman. (For the record, I’m not a human, I’m a spambot.) For the better part of an hour, these two buddies respond to each other’s sounds and push all kindsa aquatic, nocturnal clatter out of their equipment into the ether for any and all humans–and, as the sound waves propagate into infinity, eventually aliens–to enjoy. To quilt these intricate sonic tapestries, Ellen transforms field recordings of real world sounds, while David deploys custom-built electronic circuit boxes that feed back on themselves. The result is 12 tracks and 50 minutes worth of subtle static, dizzy percussion, babbling brooks, whistling wind, pinging metal and rusted scrapes that percolate and bubble along in a steady state, but never really climax. The booklet’s liner notes are mostly composed of a conversation between the two regarding their approach to playing together, in case you want to know how all of the hubbub came about.
Label: Pogus Catalog Number: P21035-2 Format: CD Packaging: Jewel case Tracks: 12 Total Time: 50:08 Country: United States Released: 2005 More: Arcane Device, Ellen Band, Pogus, Pulsewidth
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October 27th, 2009
Everyone’s heard of the Edgar Broughton Band, the Magic Band, the Michael Yonkers Band, the Band of Gypsies and just “The Band,” but what about this here Ellen Band? Is it a person or a group? And if it is a group, is it a big band or a power trio? Hmmm, let me see…there’s no “The” in front of Ellen, so it must be a person. Yeah, that’s it! I’ve figured it out! Ellen Band is really Ellen Woman!
A Toronto native, Ellen Woman, I mean Rubber Band, I mean Ellen Band attended York University in the 1970s, where a thriving new music scene–not to mention teachers like Pauline Oliveros and David Rosenboom–inspired her to become a sound artist. In subsequent years, she attended the University of California, San Diego and Tufts University in Boston; and is now a visiting artist teaching sound art and electronic music at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Massachusetts College of Art, both in Boston.
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