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FIE Records

Roger Eno & Peter Hammill 'The Appointed Hour'

£11.99

FIE Records

Roger Eno & Peter Hammill 'The Appointed Hour'

£11.99

An extraordinary collaboration. Between one and two in the afternoon of 1st April 1999 Roger and Peter improvised in their respective studios. This CD is a combination of their recordings, in which coincidence and fate play charming parts. The music is continuous for the whole hour. While coming from such an extremely specific time frame the music itself has a timeless quality. Modern music with a (serious) smile on the face. 

Roger first suggested the idea of a collaboration with no more concrete idea than the hope that something unexpected might emerge, well away from anything which either of them might produce as individuals. With this as a yardstick they agreed to plunge fully into the unknown by recording improvisations in their respective studios for exactly one hour between 1 and 2 pm on Thursday, April 1st 1999.  There were no preconditions and no advanced plan. Five minutes before the off they agreed by Œphone that they would start in D minor. Beyond that, all was open.

The hope had been that, if they were lucky, they might come up with i) individual passages of (solo) worth; ii) some moments of synchronicity which could stand in their own right; iii) several germs-of-ideas which they could develop, adapt, overdub and treat. (Of course, April 1st being Fool's Day, there also remained the possibility that one or both of them could have spent the hour in complete silence....). When the two performances were put in synch together it was immediately obvious that something quite different had occurred.

Their mutual, time-locked, distance-distanced concentration had in fact produced not two separate, occasionally coincident performances but the one whole event which is the content of this CD: a most particular hour embedded in music. The music on the CD is continuous, of course. It has a certain smile, a certain sense of playfulness about it; but it is also quite serious.  And what were you doing for that hour on that day?

Tracklisting:
1. Up
2. Are They
3. Your Heart
4. And Let This
5. Wise Men
6. So How
7. To Know
8. Fools
9. In
10. Where
11. To Tread
12. Fool Rush
13. Fear
14. Open
15. Never
16. Rush In
17. But
18. In Love
19. Angels
20. Fall