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"For the past two years, individuals have been invited
to contribute their beards, which would then be filed
and placed in a special wooden case, for no apparent reason.
The process, on the other hand, revealed many conversations
that would not have taken place; moments of understanding,
insight, curiosity, and and overall positive manifestations
that possibly would not have happened under 'normal' circumstances.
The intent of this recording is to mimic this process.
On the surface, it is two compositions for solo percussion,
using pieces from a typical drum set. But one would likely
not realize this by listening.
Jon Mueller either spent the necessary time to teach his
drums how to actually sustain something, or he found them
lying in the same swamp as the Warner Bros. frog. In any
case, he has coaxed a gorgeous CD out of them: complex
textures of sustained snares, nocturnal bells, and asymmetrical
rhythms arising as if from within the drums; all subtly
ordered, sometimes melting from passage to passage, sometimes
popping with tape-edit precision. The pieces have the
gravity of fine drone work, but they are also injected
with a dry wit and assembled with the mechanations of
a puzzle master. There are no singing frogs on this disc,
no merely novel moments. Mueller makes the most of his
chorus, and the music resonates as something beyond the
sum of its parts, however interesting those parts may
be. Thus hopefully this CD, like the collection of beards,
will also inspire conversations that might not have otherwise
taken place, moments of understanding, curiosity, etc.
" -- Crouton