Clarinette, the project of
San Francisco-based veteran producer and guitarist Dan Vallor,
indulged in abstract noise and drone compositions
on the mini-albums Haze (Ecstatic Peace, 2002), with the 17-minute
Dry Leaf Echo (that sounds like a computer-manipulated duet for
sewage water and underground trumpet), and
Transmuting Fall (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 2005), with the 13-minute
The Best Minds Of My Generation.
The double disc Nul (Cassetto Editions, 2010) opted for sprawling compositions with
punctuation titles: ( ) (27:24), [ ] (12:24), - (20:17), ; (10:26), \ (19:59), , (8:51), and . (30:47).
Some are lush dronescapes that make LaMonte Young sound anemic, and some like
- are nightmarish pulsing flows of radioactive glitches.
The double-disc The Clarinette Anti-Cassette Act Of 2012 (2012),
whose cassette version was
packaged in an actual portable cassette player which in turn was packaged in a melted vinyl record, contains two monolithic pieces:
A Reflective Kind Of Tension (42:31), that resumes the concept of
Dry Leaf Echo except against a much more complex background noise,
Moving Back In With The Pulsebeat (43:54), that runs the gamut from
Steve Reich-ian pulsing hypnosis to hissing wall of noise.
Clarinette On DNA: Jazz Impressions Of DNA On DNA + Retrospekt (Cassetto Editions, 2012), instead, contains 41 mostly very brief vignettes,
solo piano reinterpretations of
DNA's compilation DNA On DNA.
Ready Set Disengage (2013) contains the 20-minute Wreathed In Lightning wrapped in dense gloomy drones drowning a distant piano.
The 47-minute piece of The Path Of Sisyphus (2013)
There Is No Word Tender Enough To Be Your Name (2013) contains a live
performance and a rarity.
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