Themes & Variations

black vinyl LP with insert, 31 x 31 cm
signed/numberededition of 300

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ANDREW ZEALLEY: THEMES & VARIATIONS is the third installment in Zealley's "How To Explain Silence To A Dead Hare" series of vinyl project editions. The album showcases selected film, video, installation and performance music by Zealley, commissioned by visual artists - including Luis Jacob, Joey Medaglia, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, and Scott Treleaven. Produced by PSBEUYS, THEMES & VARIATIONS is released on Tourette Records (USA). This vinyl-only edition of 300 numbered LP's launches at Art Metropole on Saturday April 25, 1-3 PM.

On THEMES & VARIATIONS, Zealley intersects various aspects of his sound practise: field recordings, audio art, existential house, tonal mantra, and musical form/composition. At the center of THEMES & VARIATIONS are the scores for Scott Treleaven's trilogy of short films: GOLD, SILVER and LUSTRE. Composed and produced in 2005-2006, this group of instrumental compositions is punctuated, for the album, by four thematically-related works: APOTHEOSIS II, HABITAT THEME 2, SIGNAL, and ARENA.


The score to Treleaven's film on pandrogyny (starring Genesis P'Orridge and the late Lady Jaye Breyer), GOLD's cycling vortex of digital and acoustic sounds is followed by two variations on the same melodic and tonal themes: APOTHEOSIS II (an early audio sketch for GOLD), and HABITAT THEME 2 (developed for Luis Jacob's HABITAT installation at AGO). The plaintive love-pop electronics of SIGNAL, originally produced for Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay's CONSTELLATION performance piece, is newly remixed by PSBEUYS for the album. The swirling dream-scape of SILVER, the score to Treleaven's homage to John Dee (starring AA Bronson), is a seemingly endless sustain of electronics, violin and bell tones. ARENA, featuring the "beatbox" vocals of Luis Jacob, is the audio score to Joey Medaglia's video RE: FORM (BECOMING VISIBLE). An alternate version of ARENA's motifs can be heard on Zealley's exhibition soundtrack, AA Bronson School For Young Shamans. THEMES & VARIATIONS concludes with the 3-part score for LUSTRE, Treleaven's super8 tryptich starring Massimo & Pierce (Black Sun Productions). Here Zealley turns to a more classical interpretation of "themes and variations," literally voicing the score's tender melodic main theme (written for a local violin busker), through a series of pastoral string and oscillating electronic deconstructions.

ANDREW ZEALLEY: THEMES & VARIATIONS is mastered for vinyl at The E Room, by Peter J. Moore, and features performances by Luis Jacob, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, violinist Adm Shedden, and the PSBEUYS-directed Prospect Cottage Strings.

THEMES & VARIATIONS is released on Tourette Records (USA), catalogue number TOURETTE009, and is available online at and directly from the artist's site.

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