Wayward in Limbo #65: Gyre

Gyre is an experimental electronics trio formed by Michael Shannon (Eye Music, Aono Jikken Ensemble, Yuan, Earnerve), David Stanford (Eye Music, Aono Jikken Ensemble, Gamelan Pacifica), and Carl Lierman (Eye Music) in January of 2012.

Gyre’s sound making practice is inspired by the helical swirls found both in nature as well as the philosophical ideas of the Gyre by writers such as W.B. Yeats; spirals and cycles of creation and disintegration, forming currents and shapes of sound that can take on a life of their own. We work entirely with electronics: Oscillators, internal and external feedback circuits, transducers, misused effects. As such, instability plays an important roll in our exploration; a commitment to realizing the creative power of unpredictable connections: present in the moment, everything is next.

Recorded at the Baumhaus 11-14-2020

(00:00) Session 1: A Method of a Cloak

“A single climb to a line, a straight exchange to a cane, a desperate adventure and courage and a clock, all this which is a system, which has feeling, which has resignation and success, all makes an attractive black silver.” Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons

The sudden (straight exchange) intersections in the opening few minutes, followed by the emergent forms (all of which [are] a system), the embedded feeling of the three of us rediscovering and reactivating our practice after a lengthy, forced hiatus.

(28:14) Session 2: Curves

The revelation of phase, over time, frames. What will the future shape be?

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material.