CRWTH (Chorus Redux)

by LOVESLIESCRUSHING

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The original release of CHORUS itself was inspired by a challenge… to make a Lovesliescrushing album abandoning Scott Cortez’ trademark guitar work and use only the voice. CHORUS was created by taking vocal tracks, deconstructing them via minimal processing, and turning them into new compositions.

Cortez spliced the voice at the phoneme level using a tedious cut/paste method, creating a phonetic dust. These particles were treated to create a diverse tonal palette of looped rhythms, low bass registers, warm drones, clicks, siren whoops, birdlike whistles and then arranged to form new delicate figures. The voice becomes indecipherable glossolalia, divorced from meaning and morph into abstract lush tones that envelop the song like a droning, luminous cloud.

The “voice as an instrument” was never truer than on CHORUS, because it is the sonic material for the music itself, exploding the songs into ghostly remnants of their origin, the human voice.

The original very limited edition was released only in Peru and highly sought after. In the process of trying to obtain a copy of this recording Richard Chartier contacted Cortez directly. After long discussions of the work of Lovesliescrushing, Cortez was asked by Richard Chartier to do something special for a LINE release and came up with an idea to revisit the tracks that comprise CHORUS. the concept behind CRWTH was to abstract even further upon an abstraction. CRWTH is a completely re-edited take on the material, not merely a remix album, but an alternate version of CHORUS, a redux.

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released March 1, 2010

Melissa Arpin-Duimstra: voice
Scott Cortez: voice. fx processing

all music composed, arranged and performed by lovesliescrushing.
voices and voice loops recorded between 1994 and 2001, arranged by Cortez in 2004.
tracks redrawn by Cortez, Summer 2009. remastered by Taylor Deupree, Fall 2009.
Photos: Scott Cortez

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Richard Chartier's LINE publishes editions documenting compositional & installation works by international sound artists & composers exploring the aesthetics of minimalism.

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