Saturday, May 16, 2009
INNOVA 5: THE INVENTED WORLDS OF RON GEORGE
The late, Los Angeles-based composer Ron George recorded one album before he died in 2006. It features his own invention, the Tambellan, which, as this article says, "...is a modular percussion instrument that consists of a large array of tubular keyboards, disc gongs, tam tams, bell plates, bells of various sizes, bamboo keyboards, tunable tube drums and an assortment of Western percussion instruments."
Damn, which I could have seen this wondrous-looking contraption in concert, especially since I live here in LA where he occasionally performed. Well, at least Innova Music has released "The Floating Bubble," the title track of which is George's own composition which beautifully showcases the instrument. This excerpt begins with shimmering angelic bells tolling across an alien landscape, before becoming increasing energtic, melodic, and hypnotically rhythmic.
Ron George: "The Floating Bubble (excerpt)"