The Footpath

by Loren Chasse

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    Loren Chasse is a man of many guises, while his recent solo 
releases being issued under the moniker Of for the past couple of 
years, his constant output via Jewelled Antler related projects has 
continued with his revolving presence in Thuja, Blithe Sons, Softwar, 
Ov, Kyrgyz, and many others. The work that Loren produces under his 
own name tends toward the sound art end of his aesthetic spectrum, 
closer to his work with Id Battery and Coelacanth than the field 
recordist approach to rural psychedelia found in those Jewelled Antler 
efforts. Editing and mixing magic and offering douceur to those records. Falsely minimum and ghostly, evocative and beautiful. Recommended for sensitive souls 

Metamkine

    loren places his ear upon the earth and begins his journey. we've all wished at times that we could present our dreams, or other complex things inside of us, to others exactly as we can see or hear them within us. in this case, loren has given us access to this little listening space inside his head, for we hear things we could only hear if we were inside him - it is the sounds of the world, sometimes manipulated by his hands, resonating through the earth and moving into us through his ears."

steve roden (august 2008)



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Loren Chasse - The Footpath


Loren Chasse places his ear to the earth and becomes a microphone... hands on stones, stones against stones, a cymbal, dust blown, a strum, earth sounding, earth turning, leaves, wind, tones, drones, moments fading in, fields fading out, something from another atmosphere, something as another music, not music of the spheres, but this sphere, a music of the earth rolling, like a cloud floats, like blades of grass walked upon, with gentle tones droning, the music of dirt, the music of dust, the moving back and forth in wind, tones ringing, and more tones ring, quietly, strings are plucked as though moved by wind, and then breeze, and pause, and begin again, in another place.

here, sounds move like rolling a coin along the ground on its edge - simple, gentle, yet full of wonder... music at its most tactile nature, quietly rubbing dirt clods in your hands until dust... drift, a whole lot of drift, of small crackling presences, clear wind, field recordings of unknown activities, and tones again but this time more present - more music, and then a feeling like sagebrush rolling in wind, desolate, and then the tones return, and there are all these moments when desolate becomes beauty. there are shifts and also stillness...

we are told we are on a footpath, but even more so, we are submerged inside of an ear-path, where the earth is transformed not through handling, but through listening.
Loren places his ear upon the earth and begins his journey. we've all wished at times that we could present our dreams, or other complex things inside of us, to others exactly as we can see or hear them within us. in this case, loren has given us access to this little listening space inside his head, for we hear things we could only hear if we were inside him - it is the sounds of the world, sometimes manipulated by his hands, resonating through the earth and moving into us through his ears."


steve roden (august 2008)



Loren Chasse is a man of many guises, while his recent solo 
releases being issued under the moniker Of for the past couple of 
years, his constant output via Jewelled Antler related projects has 
continued with his revolving presence in Thuja, Blithe Sons, Softwar, 
Ov, Kyrgyz, and many others. The work that Loren produces under his 
own name tends toward the sound art end of his aesthetic spectrum, 
closer to his work with Id Battery and Coelacanth than the field 
recordist approach to rural psychedelia found in those Jewelled Antler 
efforts. Throughout all of his sonic pursuits, Chasse's use of sound 
has always been to spark the imagination and generate a sense of 
mystery; and that is certainly the case here on The Footpath.
 A dark cloud of rumbles and growls announces the beginning of 
this album, as Chasse grasps several heavy rocks in his hands and 
caresses their surfaces with sand, dirt, leaves, water, ash, and other 
debris. As is often the case, these recordings have been recorded 
outside with a contact microphone or two and a digital recorder. So 
the external sounds of the environment creep into these crackling 
textures and eroded drones. The lulling fluctuations of surf and wind 
are most common, indicative of Chasse's continued wanderings up and 
down the California coast. But, you will also find the buzzing slash 
of an insect chorus or the smoldering bristle from a campfire. Chasse 
deftly abstracts these softened noises without ever making them sound 
like they had been processed in the digital arena. Every piece here 
enjoys a wonderfully rough hewn quality with the edges torn, tattered, 
and frayed. Hints of the melodic phrasing which Chasse brings to 
Jewelled Antler pop up on sporadic occasion in small two note phrases, 
that only barely pass for melodies, emerging from the mire and debris, 
or with his zither buried within a cloud of tape hiss and bunker 
reverberations, replayed and re-recorded numerous times exacerbating 
all of that tactile crunch. Chasse's work always comes recommended, 
and The Footpath is no exception!

 Quarius Records

 musical haze, with some light stationary, a p'tite breeze, an echo whispering in fact a series of mysterious and seductive Phono (2004-2007) realized in roadsides early in the morning ... Editing and mixing magic and offering douceur to those records. Falsely minimum and ghostly, evocative and beautiful. Recommended for sensitive souls.


-Metamkine

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released January 1, 2008

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