NSULAR is the second of 3 'Rhythmic Figure' projects.
NSULAR is the latest solo project by Paul Abbott. Includes 61 minutes of audio, across 5 tracks, and a 28 page booklet with new writing. NSULAR was written and recorded in Edinburgh and Brussels in 2020.
Through the sounds and words of NSULAR Abbott continues to develop his experimental research into drum kit, synthetic sound, algorithm, composition and improvised performance. NSULAR features experimental scores, speculative elements and fictional characters—DETECTIVE ENGINEER, QOSEL, and STRIKE.
“So we oeandha perform the five theatre body or environment characters of NSULAR: Knee (Lover), Core (Pendulum), Back (Peacock), Limb (Leaf) and Neck (Folds). The five character revisions write us repeated through three strata or distinction of body. (1) surface touching non or skin contacts of our first cycle play of edges; (2) muscle bone or machine motions through compound hinges and fibre weight tensions of hand; (3) depth faded listening through viscera. Against the cataclysm of borders we pulse a nosolo body of constraint and sharing.” [extract from NSULAR booklet]
Abbott feels his way through learning drums, rhythm and writing as fleshy research technologies. Following 2019’s DUCTUS, NSULAR is the latest stage in a process considering sound, the body, imagination, and language through music. This features as part of ongoing investigations using real and imaginary drums, synthetic sounds, performance and writing.
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