Sophia

by Beck-Fields

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Beck-Fields i​s a duo consisting of classically trained composer, Jeremy D. Beck [Boston Conservatory] (guitar, piano and voice) and William Fields (electronics). They call Wilmington DE home, and have been performing together since 2013. As B​eck-Fields​ they’ve had five self-releases of varying lengths before joining the NOREMIXES family.

One of the signature elements of B​eck-Fields’​ recordings are that they are entirely improvised and produced live to tape with no overdubs. The pieces on ‘Sophia’ are spontaneous moments of actual musical events, which we rarely hear in today’s computer processed / non-linear / non-destructive climate. The result is a glimpse into late night improvisational sessions and the moments musical ideas are created.

Jeremy Becks’​ vocals and guitar are glued together through W​illiam Fields’​ computer, and the duo create a lush world with some of the most interesting textures in modern music: ‘Sophia’ is their most accomplished work to date. In the second piece ‘De Anima’, we are introduced to the first percussive elements of the album when a throbbing sub bass fills the speakers and an arrhythmical pattern of clicks and organic elements develops. In ‘DeCaelo’,the album’s climax, B​eck’​s guitar and vocals are enveloped by pulsing synths and whooshes of distortion. This departs in closer, “De Brevitate Vitae”, Beck​ weaves in and out of falsetto, floating over some of the album’s most interesting textures: cascading scrapes, tumbling boxes and foundsound rooms while beautiful pad-like synths hover in the forefront.

credits

released March 16, 2015

All songs written and produced by Jeremy Beck and William Clarke-Fields. Starkville Symphony (P 2015).

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NOREMIXES Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NOREMIXES was founded in 2014 by Paul J. Geissinger, aka Starkey, to release music that fits between the genres. The label is an outlet for composers, artists and producers with a focus on synth music, electro-acoustic, ambient and modern classical styles. Paul is also co-owner of the Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey Record labels. ... more

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