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2017 12 Nov

„Finding Shore“

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„Dead Oceans is happy to welcome the pianist Tom Rogerson to the roster. His elegant and evocative debut, Finding Shore, a 13-track collaboration that began after Rogerson met Brian Eno outside the toilets after a gig, arrives December 8th.

Finding Shore is the sound of Rogerson distilling the essence of what he does after a protracted musical journey from childhood until now. He took the traditional route of music lessons and learning notation before starting composing “properly”. As a 17-year-old he had the odd contrast of being taught by the composer Harrison Birtwistle but also working as lounge pianist in a dilapidated hotel in Peterborough.

He spent some time in New York playing jazz, recording with Reid Anderson of The Bad Plus, and had a successful career with post-rock group Three Trapped Tigers, yet however enjoyable that experience was, he admits it was “definitely a diversionary tactic”. Everything seemed to be an escape from the classical world or, as Rogerson himself puts it, “falling out of my ivory tower very slowly”. Upon meeting Eno, the pair didn’t speak about music at all, but bonded over their roots in the Suffolk town of Woodbridge, located on the strange flat landscape of Eastern England, all heathland, military testing sites, estuary mud and the site of the ancient Sutton Hoo ship burial.

Eno’s influence on Finding Shore began by enabling Rogerson to overcome his fear of committing any one piece to its own album. As a way to open Rogerson up, Eno suggested they try experimenting with the Piano Bar, an obscure piece of Moog gear that works by using infrared beams focused on each piano key; these are then broken as the keys are played, transforming the piano’s note into a midi signal that can then be used to trigger or generate new, digital sound. As Rogerson improvised at the piano, Eno improvised with the midi signal to create a unique piece of music. The chance meeting with Eno and subsequent conversation about the Suffolk landscape did find its way into Finding Shore.“

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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Funny enough, on Dec 30th, the close-up section is dedicated to the works of Laraaji. So this album will be placed in the final section of the second hour of new or quite new releases. Fits perfectly before Eno’s old Ambient compadre – in this blue hour NOW I’m listening to a promo cd, and, well well, a soft „wowwwww“ is leaving my lips. A discreet charm with the right amount of strangeness. No final words anyway:)

  2. Uli Koch:

    Habe bisher leider nur zwei Stücke als Vorabveröffentlichungen hören können. Die haben mich aber bereits mächtig beeindruckt und extrem neugierig auf den Rest gemacht. Sehr ungewöhnlich und innovativ mit hohem Hörgenuss.

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