YOU DO IN 2000?
MONTGOMERY, AL - Avant-alt multi-instrumentalist Jeff McLeod turned the year 2000 into a musical journey.
The Project: record ten seconds of music or musical thought every day of the year 2000. The result: Ye Shall Be Cut Into Many Pieces, just released on McLeod's own Subversive Workshop label.
"This CD is the result of an entire year of daily recording. Eachday, no matter where I was, I would record ten seconds of something whether it was a mini composition put together at home or a church bell ringing in
Madison, WI," says McLeod.
McLeod is no stranger to the music scene. Born and raised in rural Ramer, Alabama, he's been studying and making music for over 20 years now. . . and still finds ways to deconstruct it. He has worked, recorded and performed with artists as diverse as internationally known guitarist Davey Williams, avant-folk hero Eugene Chadbourne and veteran indie-rock recording engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, P.J. Harvey, Pixies). With influences ranging from thrash metal to the avant garde and malformed noiseand math rock, McLeod always strives to create sounds and textures that please his own ears . . . even though they may not seem so nice to others.
"I've been on the musical path toward complete improvisation and experimental music ever since the age of 11 . . . and now, I feel like I'm finally there and able to work with improvisational and strange musical forms as comfortably as with compositions" says McLeod.
Ye Shall Be Cut... is a constantly evolving piece incorporating live field recordings, innovative guitar and synth melodies as well as skillful improvisation, what McLeod refers to as "music of the moment". This recording also features McLeod demonstrating his prowess on the theremin, an archaic instrument where the player manipulates sound via two pitch antennae.
In the February 2001 issue of Red Wound Press, Ye Shall Be Cut...was described as "an hour of intense soundscapes, guitar mangling and noise that will alternately cradle your brain like a baby and beat it senseless..."
The Subversive Workshop
1629 Chateau Circle, Montgomery, AL 36106.
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