The first performance by Josten Myburgh of Antoine Beuger's 2007 work 'un lieu pour être deux' was with guitarist and electronic musician Andre O Möller at Klangraum Festival in Düsseldorf, as part of a performance which spanned all fifty pages of the work and which lasted upwards of three hours. Josten found the rich experience of playing the piece captivating and has endeavoured to perform it and share it in other ways many times since this first encounter.
This particular recording with Jameson Feakes spans about twenty-or-so pages of the piece. It was made in Josten's home at the time, as part of the 'places to be two' project, where numerous performances of this work are being made around Perth in 2017 as part of a process of 'handing down' and sharing the experience of playing it with many different duos.
Jameson Feakes & Josten Myburgh frequently collaborate together in a myriad of settings; their work as a duo explores the music of Wandelweiser composers and of other composers whose music creates similar listening situations. This piece in particular makes a compelling statement about 'being two', and about the musical duo: whilst its surface may seem relatively austere at first, being present with the work (through listening or performing) reveals its subdued intensity and the complexity of experience it creates for the performers, for 'the two'. It seems fitting for Feakes & Myburgh's first duo release (of surely more to come) to begin here, at some kind of investigation of the potential of 'being two' itself.
It is suggested that you play this recording at a volume level that blends in with/is absorbed into one's environment, rather than dominating it.
Artwork for the release has been provided by Lauren Salt (of Volim) who has created works in response to the experience of listening to the work. The physical release of the album comes in a box roughly A5-sized, featuring art prints by Salt and texts by the performers.
"Love is always the possibility of being present at the birth of the world." (Alain Badiou)
Please note: Bandcamp does not accommodate large file uploads, so the recording has been cut in half exactly.
Jameson Feakes (b. 1993) and Josten Myburgh (b. 1994) are a Perth-based duo of guitar & electronics.
Antoine Beuger (composition)
Jameson Feakes (guitar)
Josten Myburgh (electronics)
B Gosper (silent presence)
Lauren Salt (artwork)
Recorded by Josten Myburgh & Jameson Feakes.
Mixed and mastered by Josten Myburgh and Jameson Feakes with the assistance of Dan O'Connor.
Photo by Josh Wells Photography.