Jason Lescalleet | Burlington | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Wed., May 9, 9 p.m. 2012

Maine sound artist Jason Lescalleet works primarily with tape loops and found sounds, and his abstract creations seamlessly blend in situ ambient recordings, the noise made by his tools (like the whirring of a tape deck), and modified versions of both—he might intentionally damage a tape to change its sound or subject its playback to different kinds of feedback. Last year he released This Is What I Do, Volume One (Glistening Examples), a collection of music created for various compilations between 1998 and 2004, and despite the fact that these pieces were never intended to make sense as a collection, it hangs together remarkably well. My favorite thing about Lescalleet's music is the way its small sounds change—sometimes slowly, sometimes violently—and pass in and out of recognizability. On the recent "Waves," from the cassette release Music for Magnetic Tape (Arbor), introspective piano lines disintegrate into ringing, acidic feedback, then dissolve into silence, and finally return even more sparse and inward. And "Connecticut Ductwork," a piece from the compilation Clandestine Cassette Series #2 (Northern Spy), is little more than immersive room sounds, close-miked scraping or rubbing, and some kind of slowly intensifying hum. That might sound dull or tedious, but as the piece evolves, it creates a world to get lost inside—until the sound of the recorder being shut off shatters the reverie. —Peter Margasak

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