Fluence is a two-track EP by Alexander Harker. Harker negotiates the terrains of acoustic and synthesized sound with a rare dexterity, conjuring highly variegated work that feels as if it could turn in any direction at any moment.
In Fluence, Alexander Harker negotiates the terrains of acoustic and synthesized sound with a rare dexterity, conjuring highly variegated work that feels as if it could turn in any direction at any moment. This release is a celebration of a young composer confidently speaking in a language of his own devising.
Fluence (for clarinet and MaxMSP, 2010) was commissioned by Ergodos for clarinetist Jonathan Sage with funds provided by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, and premiered at the Ergodos Festival MMX. Sage performs here, rendering Harker’s rapidly shifting filigrees and delicately textured open spaces with great virtuosity.
Fractures (2011), a fixed media piece based on recordings of Harker’s electric guitar playing, deftly manipulates such familiar timbres to phantasmal effect. Spectral suggestions of a fragment of a My Bloody Valentine song or a John McLaughlin guitar solo dissolve as rapidly as they coalesce.
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