Greetings From Here:
Audio Postcards In Transition
"[Greetings] reminds me of nothing so much as the poet Anne Sexton’s amazing recording for poetry label Caedmon, with Gloss’ NPR-ready baritone even resembling Sexton’s tobacco-and-vodka cured delivery."
--Doug Harvey, Artillery Magazine
"Greetings from here is a truly extraordinary album, placing the listener in completely new emotional terrain. This is powerful material, bearing witness to a complex and unguarded vulnerability that most of us can hardly imagine."
--Paul Muller, Sequenza21
PAULINE GLOSS'S LOW-FI EPISTOLARY RECORD unfolds in a series of audio postcards written to friends (and to herself) over a two week period.
She writes of the work:
“I made the following cards — amassed, spoken, someties narrative and sometimes tonal embroideries — in a period of two weeks for friends I wasn't so sure I still had. The transitions I was facing were and continue to be multiple. Each card acts as a greetings from and a construction of an emotional topography: I was speaking directly from a moment, a landscape, a well. The document as a whole might be read as an attempt at a personal geography in time.
“I recorded the cards on a built-in laptop microphone and mixed them flat in mono, in a free editing program. These limitations ended up freeing me compositionally — I could make the work quickly and not worry about certain a priori factors such as recording self-noise or resolution and my working methodology began to resemble something similar to that of the mid-nineteenth century en plein air painters: an emphasis on capturing the shape, the resonance of a moment or a series of moments in time by responding with quick, intuitive brush-strokes. There was no pre-writing or scoring. Each piece was completed in somewhere between ten minutes and an hour.
What has resulted is a strange little machine, both rigorous and not-at-all. Upon reflection, it appears as though the purpose of the project was really to dispense with both sophisticated equipment and high-concept organization in order to make transparent the character of my generative impulse at its most off-the-cuff, ordinary, and least considered moments”
Album art by Tamer Hassan.