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Threadbare Fourth World MP3

The Glass Bees are the multi-instrument, multidisciplinary duo of Chris Williams and Jason Das. Together with Ranjit Bhatnagar they recorded a track titled “Calle Sol” that is a splendid example of lofi fourth world music — not just the ersatz indigenous sound that Jon Hassell pioneered, but pursued with a sense of threadbare economy that makes it all the more enticing, and for that matter believable (MP3). Not that there’s an explicit illusion inherent in “Calle Sol,” but there is an implicit one, that this is a kind of folk music, a kind of communal activity. Mixed in with accordion and various string sounds are echoing fragments of noise and found sounds. I asked Bhatnagar to untangle all the parts and explain who was doing what. He wrote back, helpfully, “On ‘Calle Sol’ I played the accordion, stretched between my feet and hands like a rowing machine. (I probably also did a bit of percussion on the accordion face and ribs.) Chris Williams played laptop, effects, and percussion, and Jason Das played cello and percussion.”

[audio:http://media.glassbees.com.s3.amazonaws.com/GlassBeesCalle_Sol.mp3|titles=”Calle Sol”|artists=Glass Bees with Ranjit Bhatnagar]
More on Bhatnagar at moonmilk.com. Track originally posted at the Bees’ website, glassbees.com/calle-sol.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media

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