Eliot Britton

Metatron

AM 232_NUM
2016
Digital
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CD: Ambiances Magnétiques (2016) AM 232

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After the Second World War my grandparents dragged a used 1902 upright piano down the road and installed it in their living room. This is the first instrument I can remember. My grandmother’s collection of yellowing song sheets sat in the piano bench my entire life with watercolour illustrations of well-dressed couples dance across each page, beaming out at the reader, overflowing with sentimentality for a dance culture that was slipping away. A beautiful memory, but eventually the piano had to go, and it would go by chainsaw.

When she died, I inherited my grandmother’s musical materials. Beloved music cuts a path through format, technology, and time, an idea that planted the seeds for Metatron. A more fully formed concept came from my 95 year old grandfather. During one visit I was greeted in the garage by a dull chainsaw and a stripped down piano. “Finish the job,” he said. With grim determination and a dull tool, I dismembered my first musical experiences, thinking of the strange place technology holds in our lives. — Eliot Britton

Track Listing

    • 1
      Metatron 1 (1920). Gatsbytron (2014)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0
      8m01s
    • 2
      Metatron 2 (1950). Archertron (2014)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0
      2m50s
    • 3
      Metatron 3 (1975). Dim (2014)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0
      3m55s
    • 4
      Metatron 4 (1980). Galvatron (2014)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0
      10m09s
    • 5
      Metatron 5 (1920). Valkaratron (2014)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0
      3m27s
Total duration: 28m25s