Notes and Editorial Reviews
Composer Matt McBane is the founder and artistic director of Build. About the debut album, he shares the following thoughts:
Build is an organic mixing of many of the divergent types of music that have been floating around in my head and fingers for years. It is a synthesis that has taken awhile to get to but that I feel is a pretty much exactly the kind of music I want to create. I started writing music and figuring out the concept for this group while living in Los Angeles and then put together the musicians after moving to New York in the fall of 2006.
In addition to the diverse musical influences on the group, the music of Build is infused with a sense of open space, light and motion on one hand, and
interior emotions on the other.
In the Backyard is the first piece I wrote for Build. I remember spending afternoons laying around on the chaise lounge in the backyard of my Los Feliz, CA home imagining the sound waves floating over me as I dreamt up this piece and this project.
Magnet is built around a two bar bowing pattern that I lifted from a bluegrass fiddle tune I could not fully remember. That bowing pattern is used as a drum pattern, a piano right-left pattern and hocketing pattern between instruments. It mutates at different points throughout the piece and is contrasted with longer melodic lines. Even though the counterpoint ends up being rather complex, there is kind of a core punky vibe to this one.
No Response is pretty much just a straight-forward heart-break tune.
Imagining Winter was written in the fall of 2006 before I had spent my first winter in New York. The musical language is cold and interior as I imagined what my first “real” winter would be like and how it would be to spend so much time indoors. The drum part has a vaguely militaristic feel as I was thinking a lot about the wars at the time as well.
Drivin’ was written in the winter of 2007 after immersing myself in the music of Steve Reich at numerous concerts in celebration of his 70th birthday throughout New York. Drivin’ is at once a bit of an homage to SR, a sentimental recollection of first getting to know SR’s and other minimalists’ music driving along the Pacific Coast Highway checking the surf in high school, and my own mini-epic process-based piece that fuses some of the older minimalist techniques with my own. In addition to minimalism, there are overtones of lots of different types of music in this one, and I’d like to think you can even hear some abstracted James Brown in there.
Works on This Recording
Magnet by Matt McBane
Drivin' by Matt McBane
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