Saturday, April 14, 2012
Since the inception of his new solo guitar project Hubble, Ben Greenberg of Zs and Pygmy Shrews has sought to exploit the guitar for its ulterior qualities, simultaneously displaying a true love for the instrument while redefining how guitar music is understood. Whether distortion-drenched or clean, Ben describes painstaking result as ?cyber-dread?, an apocalyptic, beat-less quasi-electronic music, conjuring Terry Riley?s pulsing minimalist structures and Gregg Ginn?s aggressive, avant-garde rock. The first full-length record Hubble Drums is set for release on Northern-Spy Records in November 2011 in support of which Hubble will tour extensively throughout the US and Europe.
About the Hubble live performance, Ben expounds, ?Every Hubble set, on a stage or in a friend?s basement or in my bedroom, is a concerted effort on my part to change the air in the room, to push it towards a state of greater resonance.? Using mesmerizing guitar mastery to create extended rhythmic patters of note groupings of varied tempo, dissonance, and harmony, Ben hypnotizes the audience with slowly developing, subtle variation, until the listener is lulled into a highly vivid dream state. The set varies between a versatile and simple set-up and the more ambitious Hubble Superposition, a quadraphonic experience that splits the guitar signal into four different singals which are routed through four seperate amplifiers.
Ben?s first release Hubble Linger (NNA Tapes) brilliantly utilized the cassette format by distilling a live performance into two side-long pieces of stereo-panning guitar. The tape was well received inciting electronic musician Keith Fullerton Whitman to claim ??I?m fairly floored by this extended solo-trance-out from Zs guitarist Ben Greenberg, who seems to have invented a device that halts time (musical, actual, and meta-physical) ; its use is put to great effect across this 60-minute blast of cycling ?stereo? chord progressions and assorted haze(s) that approaches the fervour of MBV / Belong?s filtered-out high-gain wash while retaining the minimalist patina of Charlemagne Palestine piece ? awesome.?
Recorded by: Ethan Simonoff
Hubble - Live on WNUR 04/14/12
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