This album, my first physical release as a solo performer, is a conceptual tone-cycle, incorporating text from "Les Fleurs Du Mal" (Charles Baudelaire, 1857).
'Spokes' is about dialogue and communication in four forms; man/nature, man/machines, nature/machines & tones/tones. Throughout the piece, sine and square sound waves reverberate against each other, vocal passages are dictated on damaged tape, and both the beauty and the clamor of the world outside our window is filtered through the lens of composition and structure, as Baudelaire's words also reflect that desire of the artist to register descriptions of the senses into their verse. Each track eschews the notion of one track = one song, as the piece constantly stops, starts, rotates and shifts within the limitations of track numbers. The album blends miniature guitar compositions with building tone textures, so its right there in between my roles in The Slowest Runner and Sontag Shogun.
'Spokes' features readings by Aki Onda, Liam Singer, Ella Joyce Buckley and Catherine Métayer, and a burly meow by Furball (1991-2011).
Mastered gorgeously by Greg Davis.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
(video of szilárd performing "New Sound Works for the Short Films of Tomonari Nishikawa")