Ingar Zach + Speak Percussion | Before Nightfall One
Documenting a day of collaboration with a culminating concert comes Norwegian percussionist and label founder Ingar Zach + Australian act Speak Percussion‘s Before Nightfall One on the SOFA imprint. Here an emerging, singular thirty-five minute piece begins to dazzle with a low-throttle purr. It’s industrial flair, like a vacillating motor, sounds also as if we are beyond normal altitude, until the clanging of assorted objects creates a delightful splintered percussion, and we are once again sort of grounded. Within the harmonious rattling there’s a chime that stands high on its pitch, a sound that ferments a bit of solitude. That sound becomes more dominant as they move through the piece, making the atmosphere still, meditative in the first quarter.
The elongated gong-like chime just simply floats in space over some minor sizzling effects. After only ten minutes the listener may start to get lost in blearly-eyed bliss, but they seem to know their audience too well – changing things up with stylized reedy percussion that spins, saws, churns and finally mimics the innards of something like a pinball machine at full tilt. The trio here seems to find the most agile sweet spots to place pregnant pauses and intimate breaths – and the proceedings are the far left of dynamic. These divergent percussive voices come together in something experimental, something playful, yet unencumbered by anything remotely traditional.
They use space in an interesting way as well, some of their sounds coming from a distance, while others are so tactile you are right there in their nimble hands. The use of industrial flexing, the concave and convex shaping of their sound, seems a central core to their composition, however the parts are improvised or pre-determined. You experience a certainty to their precision despite that it comes out on the other side as fairly free form, even in the final minutes where the soaring drone scrapes the sky. It’s a breathlessly complex recording.