The Topography of Ascending Frameworks

Sam Gillies (Performer), Kevin Penkin (Performer)

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Third studio album by Cycle~ 440 on Hospital Hill Recordings

The Topography of Ascending Frameworks marks the final instalment of the Constructions Trilogy; a longform conceptual recording project that explored a large scale idea-based framework to guide improvised composition. The trilogy began in 2011 with The Geography of Collapsing Structures, a study of deconstructive forces as applied to composition. In 2012, Cycle~ 440 recorded The Cartography of Shifting Planes, an exploration of the musical potential of the line and of constant variation through minimal gestures. Finally, 2015's The Topography of Ascending Frameworks explores the power of growth, utilising musical structures characterised by excessive development & departure.

The Topography of Ascending Frameworks boasts a strikingly scientific title, but it is by no means a cold or clinical listen. It ticks forward with quiet, sanguine momentum, bubbles under its still surface, surges with warped strands of noise pitted against contemplative piano chords & seethes with ominous drones & unsettling oscillations. Every moment exudes a unique blend of granular detail & zoomed-out expansiveness.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHospital Hill
Media of outputCD
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes

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