released 23 July 2013
pfMENTUM CD 074
All music (c) 2013 Simon Rose and
Paul Stapleton (PRS)
Recorded and mixed by Elmar Susse
22 September 2011
Hoffnungskirche, Pankow, Berlin
Mastered by Paul Stapleton
Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Belfast
Photograph and cover design
The Bonsai Sound Sculpture (BoSS)
is a portable modular musical instrument
(Paul Stapleton and Neil Fawcett, 2010)
combining a repurposed turntable,
DIY electronics, amplified metallic
percussion and strings.
"…like some old, forgotten animal from the beginning of time,
silence towers above all the puny world of noise; but as a living
animal, not an extinct species, it lies in wait, and we can still see
its broad back sinking ever deeper among the briers and bushes
of the world of noise. It is as though this pre-historic creature
were gradually sinking into the depths of its own silence. And
yet sometimes all of the world today seems like the mere buzzing
of insects on the broad back of silence."
Max Picard (1989)
Recommended by The New York City Jazz Record (October 2013)
"Very fine collaboration between sax player Simon Rose and Paul Stapleton, who makes and plays bonsai sound sculptures. Nice blend of ideas and sonics between alto/baritone sax and metal percussion. Rich and thoughtful playing."
Monsieur Délire (French & English)
"The pairs' improvisations could be the migratory songs of android whales or the piezoelectric abrasions that develop inside an old timepiece. Without the visuals, the sounds constructed are chimeric fantasies."
Mark Corroto - All About Jazz
"This duet offers a non-concessional free music, shares a sublimes sonic adventure. The first time the record is over, you just want more." (translation by Palem Candillier)
"...signals that appear to come from space..."
Vincenzo Roggero - All About Jazz (Italian - translation needed)
"[FAUNA] gives you a glimpse into a sonic world you never knew existed – somewhere between cave-days and the deepest, darkest jungles of today, inhabited by strange creatures you’ll never find in a zoo. I’ll tel you right up front, though, if you’re an “MOR” (middle of the road) listener, you’ll never make it out of the forest!"
"The album features strange spontaneous creations in which the two musicians feed off each other's energies...and allow anything to happen […] Eight intriguing cuts...sounds range from bizarre to spooky...and then splinter off into other parallel universes."