The Meets - It Happens Outside LP
Edition of 300
Since 2006 Brandon Locher has quietly disseminated more than 50 releases under various monikers and in various mediums, though The Meets has recently evolved into a particularly important vehicle for his work. Composed of a rotating live performance and recording ensemble directed and produced by Brandon Locher, The Meets' ensemble consists of nearly two dozen musicians playing and sampling acoustic and electronic instruments over an electronically created sound collage. According to Locher, "80% of the sounds on the album are organic, taken from field-recordings that I made - a drum circle that happened in the streets, recording friends playing orchestral instruments, etc, to build this created ensemble with everyone being credited." The album's name, It Happens Outside, does something to indicate Locher's priorities, using the album and his cast of players used to create a literal exploration of how the ensemble can evolve musically, a heavy emphasis being placed on one-on-one to coordination with different participants during the three year recording process. As a created space, It Happens Outside acquires the character of third stream music, the fusion of jazz and classical. Like famous Manhattan busker and avant-garde composer Moondog, Locher's creation has an indelible connection to the rhythms and anatomy of the city - samples originate from field recordings there, gathered while staying with his sister, fellow artist Olivia Locher. His background growing up and collaborating with My Idea of Fun from Western Pennsylvania has given his treatment of those sounds a distinct sensitivity as he explores his own sense of terrestrial space, the album a uniquely compelling addition to his oeuvre.
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