MATAMOROS (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers)
KSE #198, 3-inch CDR
recorded live at the Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, Texas, April 1, 2011
The hypnotic “Five Toned Rows,” both cavernous and shimmering, is an excerpt from a two-hour performance by Matamoros that was part of the “Rehearsal at the Astoria” installation by UK artist Graham Hudson, which ran for two months at Austin’s Arthouse and incorporated live musicians creating sounds that were “not formal concerts or performances” but “music with the wires hanging out, fragile and with chance, more open.” It was a Friday evening in Austin, around the end of the workday, with thousands of sealed, air-conditioned SUV’s containing men and women in business attire driving down Congress Avenue past the Arthouse, headed for dinner in the suburbs and Austin’s many bedroom communities, oblivious to the goings-on in that building on the northwest corner of 7th and Congress that they’d never entered before or even thought about. But inside, among the scaffolding and the fragments meant to evoke London’s now-demolished Astoria Theatre, described by the artist as “ghost-like,” DEREK ROGERS and R. LEE DOCKERY (together, as the duo MATAMOROS) were creating the haunting music found on FIVE TONED ROWS. Beginning with keyboards suggesting some sinister sideshow from Purgatory, the music begins to unfold and deepen, with percussion, distant wordless vocals, electronics and sampled sound, and bowed upright bass, capturing the mystery and the muted grandeur of the long-gone Astoria. This is a cdr that creates an atmosphere, an environment wherever you play it—-it begins in medias res and trails off as uneventfully as a squatter slipping out a side door when the sun comes up and the first employees arrive. And you must hit the “repeat” button and play it again.
MATAMOROS played a handful of live shows in Austin before Derek Rogers relocated to Los Angeles at the end of June, and this live recording is a valuable document of the duo (studio recordings also exist and will no doubt continue to be made long-distance) that will be missed on the Austin experimental music scene. This is Derek’s third release for KSE, his two earlier works long out of print. R. Lee Dockery is a bassist and electronic musician who has gotten a lot of attention for his standout performances at the Floating Drones festival and the Lyr*I*Cism festival in Austin, and he’ll be doing a solo set at the KSE Anniversary Concert on July 31st. His set at Lyr*I*Cism will be issued this fall as a KSE 3″ cdr.
As always with KSE 3″ cdr releases, while there is only 19 minutes of music on a disc so small you can slip it in your shirt-pocket, it’s meant to be a complete and satisfying trip. These are pieces not meant to run an hour, but to present such an intriguing and rich sound environment that 19 minutes is more than satisfying, and we hope also endlessly fascinating.
It will be sold out in a few months, so get yours now while you can, in a hand-made, hand-numbered edition of 89 copies.
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CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s NOW AVAILABLE:
poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):
KSE #193, Michael Casey, “The Wall Board Knife.”
KSE #187, Bill Shute, “Surrounded by the Moment.” Sound Library Series, Volume 60.
KSE #185, Michael Layne Heath, “Jazzbo Wind.”
KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”
KSE #174, Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, “Digging a Grave.”
3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)
KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”
KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”
KSE #194 (3-inch CDR), Venison Whirled, “Xibalba.”
KSE #185 (3-inch CDR), Belltonesuicide, “non-conformist.”
KSE #186 (3-inch CDR), Parashi, “Zone of Alienation.”
full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)
KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”
KSE #199 (CDR), Brent Fariss, “Four Environments…Collapsing.”
KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”
KSE #175 (CDR), Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition III.”
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As always, thanks for your support of KSE and of micro-presses and micro-labels everywhere.
And don’t forget, on July 31st, the Church of the Friendly Ghost presents the KENDRA STEINER EDITIONS 5th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT, at the Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, Texas, featuring Greg Stuart, Nick Hennies, Brent Fariss, Rick Reed, Venison Whirled (Lisa Cameron), Vanessa Rosetto, and R. Lee Dockery, with visuals by Laurel Barickman of Recspec. Admission only $5.