Paul Abbott – Deorlaf Z (version) for XT Deorlaf X Live

Seymour Wright and I had exchanged some ideas in advance of, to prepare for, our live performance for the launch of the XT 'Deorlaf X' OTOroku record, at Cafe OTO. I began to prepare some material based on our thoughts, and the Deorlaf X record. This congealed unexpectedly, into the 38 minutes which became this Deorlaf "Z" iteration. For the OTO event, the sounds were then reworked live (from Brussels), with Seymour's material (live in London). I'd said this: "The ingredients were those initial ideas: 'dub' mutations, Deorlaf (Dalston) & XT histories (memory) plus mutated bifurcations:—thinking about (distanced, as we are/will be for the 14th [July, 2021]) joins, connections, transitions (edges, bridges, membranes, blocks) intense and continual communication (pouring in/out, simultaneously: time, density, speed) across real and imaged spaces. I used the Deorlaf [X] section (beeps) as one draped, initial frame, the rest was a continual pouring in/out; ultra(s) close/far/fast/slow/low frequency/high frequency."
Thanks to Seymour Wright, Fielding Hope, Abby Thomas, Shaun Crook, James Dunn and the ongoing generosity of all cafe OTO crew.
Paul Abbott - real & imaginary drums

1 - Deorlaf Z (version) for XT Deorlaf X Live [38:17]

Paul Abbott

Paul Abbott works with real and imaginary drums, synthetic sounds, performance and writing: exploring how sounds, signs and the physical body effect each other in experimental musical play.

Recent and ongoing collaborations include—XT with Seymour Wright; F.R.David with Will Holder; Rian Treanor Duo; RP Boo Trio with XT; The Creaking Breeze Ensemble with Nathaniel Mackey, Ute Kanngießer, Evie Ward, Seymour Wright and Billy Steiger; yPLO with Micheal Speers; Falls with Keira Greene and performances with Cara Tolmie.

Paul has performed internationally at Cafe OTO, Talbot Rice Gallery, Whitstable Biennale, Whitechapel Gallery, Raven Row, Tate Modern, Counterflows, Next Festival, KW Institute Berlin, Serralves Porto, Empty Gallery HK. He has records released by OTORoku, Empty Editions, Pleasures of The Text, and published with Cesura//Acceso and F.R.David. Residencies include Cafe OTO, KW Institute, Empty Gallery.

Recent releases include—Deorlaf X (XT), Very Good* (FR David, Will Holder), Ductus (solo), 31.12.18 (XT/RP Boo) Palina’Tufa (XT) and Stop Constant. He was one of the co-editor’s of Cesura//Acceso and a Sound and Music “Embedded” resident artist at Cafe OTO 2015-2016.

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