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by Josh Thorpe

Flocklight 15:09


Flocklight, the first release by Josh Thorpe, Toronto experimental musician and publisher, employs methods such as transcription, transposition, time-stretching, re-orchestration, harmonic extrapolation, degeneration, and human error to drastically alter two songs, one by Tom Waits and one by the Shaggs. These two songs provide the entire source material for the record, but appear only as ghosts beneath layers of sound. From trombone, guitar, synth, and drums to violins, lap steel, vintage keys, and mouth harp, Flocklight’s detailed, refined movements shimmer and surprise.

“When I heard Flocklight I felt like a kid being introduced to chocolate by falling into a river of it. It is like the score to a dream: Jack Nietzsche in a cowboy hat rides into the holy mountain on a horse drawn carriage. I really love it.”
-Sandro Perri, Polmo Polpo

Featuring mutations of songs by Tom Waits and the Shaggs played on violin, double bass, trombone, electric guitar, clarinet, trumpet, drums, chimes, crotales, analog synth, lap steel, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, singing tubes, vibrator tape, and electronics.


released July 16, 2021

1. Flocklight
Performed by: Eric KM Clark, Josh Giesbrecht — violins; eldritch Priest — lap steel; Eric Chenaux, Colin Clark — electric guitars; John Mark Sherlock — Wurlizter; Mike Kane — Rhodes; Recorded by Josh at neither/nor

2. Flintlock & Hound
Performed by Arraymusic
Erin Donovan — singing tube; Henry Kucharzyk — electric guitar & vibrator; Robert W. Stevenson — bass clarinet; Michael White — trumpet; Rebecca van der Post — violin; Blair MacKay — chimes and crotales; Peter Pavlovsky — bass. Recorded at the Music Gallery by Paul Hodge on January 31, 2004

3. Aroam as a place to dwell (polyphonic)
Doug Tielli — trombone; Ryan Driver — analog synth; Eric Chenaux — electric guitar; Marcus Quin — drums. Recorded by Marcus at Rob's place. Mixed by Doug and Josh.

4. Aroam as a place to dwell (homophonic)
Doug Tielli — trombone; Ryan Driver — analog synth; Eric Chenaux — electric guitar; Jamie Thompson — drums. Recorded by Josh at a Loop Collective film/music night called "The Changing Light."

5/6 Woodlouse part one & two
Rob Clutton — bass; Eric Chenaux — electric guitar; Josh Thorpe — tape and effects. Recorded by Marcus and Josh at Rob's place. Mixed by Doug and Josh.

Thanks to Warren, Ron, Hadrianna, Kendal, John, Audrey, and Jack.
Also thanks to my teachers James Tenney, Barry Truax, and David McIntyre.

Mastered by Harris Newman
Design by Lewis Nicholson

Music © 2005 Josh Thorpe


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Rat-drifting Toronto, Ontario

Rat-drifting music searches for specificity, celebrates detail. It experiments with radical particularity and wonders about the possibilities and potentials of those experiments. If the music drifts, it does so in the hopes that the listener drifts with it—her/his imagination experimenting with the possibilities of the music as well, as they find their own route through their own experience. ... more

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