Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Beyond dialog, beyond collaboration, Sour Mash is the result of a heady fermentation process involving CPUs, vinyl ridges, instruments, and a whole lot of imagination springing from George Lewis's and Marina Rosenfeld's respective heads. The gritty aural stew is turned and looped and served up through loudspeakers but it is never quite done; it improves with age and the interpenetration of its herbs. Birthed during a Harvestworks residency, the pair developed a shared creative language that, months later, reveals a fused artistic voice - one that others can now complement. The original sound compositions are available in convenient vinyl format so that enterprising turntablists can cue up several synched versions at a time to output something new. Or you can sit back with the CD version and listen to the combinations that the artists themselves landed on once. Either way, this is a powerful spiritual experience. Not for those with weak livers.
Down Beat (p.79) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]mprovisational impulses drive the electronic collages here."
Recording information: Harvestworks, Inc. (11/2008-02/2009).
Director: Philip Blackburn.
Photographer: Stefano Giovannini.
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