Selected Public Works, Vol. 1-4

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Selected Public Works Vol. 1-4 collects four years of modular synthesizer performances by composer/improviser Bryan Noll with his Lightbath project. The majority of these works were originally presented in video form showcasing—in real time—the physical act of coaxing music out of a mercurial box of colorful wires, knobs, and lights.

As Pitchfork puts it: “Once you have submitted to these videos, it can be hard to pull yourself away. The artfully unpretentious demonstrations… occupy a strange, sui-generis niche: Featuring balmy sounds, blinking LEDs, and low-key set-dressing, they are part performance, part tech tutorial, and part audio-visual wallpaper.”

Making these videos helped Noll develop his sound and process as Lightbath. One can hear such artistic development by tracing Vol. 1’s early modular works in 2015 up to Vol. 4’s selections from 2018.

Themes of change and growth flow through the collection; watching the videos, one can actually see the instrumentation subtly shift from piece to piece, and upon closer listen the music begins to reveal an invisible thread connecting past to present.

“These pieces are artifacts of specific times and places,” says Noll, “Each piece is like an entry in a journal that takes me back to where I was living, who I was loving, and the lessons I was learning. My life is encoded in this collection—it’s all there: my discovery of this beautifully wild instrument that saved my creativity, my first move away from NYC, the Great American Eclipse that catalyzed the devastating end of a long-term relationship, learning to forgive and rediscovering my purpose, traveling the US west coast, and the weeks leading up to the NYC performance that became full/new, my split with Emily A. Sprague released earlier this year on Commend/RVNG Intl.

Each volume has been carefully sequenced and re-mastered by Noll to present this music in fresh and vibrant detail. Each album features gouache artwork and typographic layout by Michael Kempen. Selected Public Works, Vol. 1-4 will be available on cassette and digital formats on September 27, 2019.

Albums

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Selected Public Works, Vol. 4

Mastered by Bryan Noll
Artwork by Michael Kempen

Cassette/Digital, Fourhexagons
Releases September 27, 2019
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Selected Public Works, Vol. 3

Mastered by Bryan Noll
Artwork by Michael Kempen

Cassette/Digital, Fourhexagons
Releases September 27, 2019
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Selected Public Works, Vol. 2

Mastered by Bryan Noll
Artwork by Michael Kempen

Cassette/Digital, Fourhexagons
Releases September 27, 2019
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Selected Public Works, Vol. 1

Mastered by Bryan Noll
Artwork by Michael Kempen

Cassette/Digital, Fourhexagons
Releases September 27, 2019
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full/new
Lightbath + Emily A. Sprague

Mastered by Andy Osterhoudt
Artwork by Will Work For Good

Cassette/Digital, RVNG Intl.
Released March 28, 2019
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Singles + EPs

Korgu Chideh
PATCH.CV THREE

Mastered by David Elliott Johnson
Artwork by Bryan Noll

Vinyl/Digital, Organic Vinyl
Released May 17, 2019
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How We Remember
Friends: An Ambient Compilation

Mastered by SALZ Mastering
Design by Aoki & Matsumoto

Cassette/Digital, Seil Records
Released December 6, 2018
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All Creatures Festival

Mastered by Bryan Noll
Artwork by Robert Mossy

Digital, Fourhexagons
Released December 9, 2016
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“As Lightbath, composer and improviser Bryan Noll invites listeners to enter a realm of infinite creation through the exploration of the subtleties of emotion, memory, and time. In this Moog Matriarch meditation from Moogfest 2019, Lightbath transports us to an alternate universe of musical experience.”

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Composer and improviser Bryan Noll explores the subtleties of emotion, memory, and time with his musical project, Lightbath. Taking inspiration from Brian Eno’s view of composers as gardeners, Noll plants musical seeds with his synthesizers and, through improvisation, guides their development and growth into pieces that unfold in the present moment. 

“Working with generative processes on the modular synthesizer feels like a collaboration,” he says, “as if the synthesizer is alive and interacting with me. It’s an active meditation where I set the initial framework and just listen while remaining agile enough to guide the musical conversation.”

Noll’s background as a music educator and yoga, meditation, dance, and theater collaborator speaks to the themes of growth, healing, and transformation now present in his work as Lightbath. “My aim is to make music that connects listeners to a state of presence that facilitates healing and transformation.”

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