Marc Barreca and Kerry Leimer have worked along similar musical paths for more than 40 years, paths that occasionally intersect. First in 1980 with ‘Four Pages from an Unfinished Novel’ on K. Leimer’s first solo album Closed System Potentials. And again during the live performance of Music For Land and Water and for the massive loop piece ‘Heart of Stillness’ from The Neo-Realist (at Risk) by the virtual group Savant.

Their search for new compositional approaches continues with Drowning Guides. The fourth album by K. Leimer and Marc Barreca consciously limits their collaborative exchange to re-voicing MIDI tracks. All audio is then returned to the originator to process, edit, mix, and finalize the form. Drowning Guides is comprised of emotionally and intellectually demanding music. Beyond basic file sharing, these recordings resolve tensions between distinct extremes of restrictive rules, defined procedures, improvisation, conscientious editing, and an ear for expansive details and contrasts. Barreca’s and Leimer’s collaborative process is intended to subvert traditional and accepted methods of composition, instrumental voicing, signal processing, recording, and mixing with the goal of generating music that lives on the boundaries between established practice and profound impracticalities. Fixated on shifting textures and voices drawn through layers of processing and manipulation, Drowning Guides emerges as a complete and distinct audio language.

Available as a 2xCD with 20-page booklet and in multiple digital formats


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