In between listening to your prog-ur-doom orchestra and your improvised bagpipe solo albums, try Chik White’s Malform as a palette cleanser. Hailing from the rural seascape of West Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia, Chik White sounds exactly like someone simultaneously playing a variety of jaw harps with intensity and tenacity, using contact mics to amplify the sounds of the player’s movements, all with a very thick low-end and some kind of overdriven distortion or compression. Nothing about this album is normal. But it’s totally of the moment, and a very meaningful contribution to the recorded arts of sonic meditation.
David Parker is a multi-instrumental musician, composer, sound designer and digital media artist based in Halifax NS. He is a singer-songwriter who performs his songs in a folk-rock act called Slow Man Tofu. He has collaborated in drone-kosmische act Fire Moss (Kingston, ON) and released an EP of duets with pianist Stefan Christoff (Howl Arts, 2014). David’s digital media artwork uses microcontrollers and audio processing in a collaborative duo with circus aerialist and movement artist Jane Kirby of Lowlit Aerial Arts. He is a web developer, programmer, and digital designer who does consulting and contract work for non-profits, schools and small businesses.
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