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Links to previous PEK solo releases


Schisms (2020)

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Evil Clown Album Page


Precendents (2020)

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Evil Clown Album Page


Coefficient of Unity  (2019)
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Evil Clown Album Page


Indexical Utterance (2019)
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Evil Clown Album Page

Closed & Open Universes (2019)
bandcamp
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Evil Clown Album Page


The Unreality of Time (2018)

bandcamp
Evil Clown Album Page


Non-Local Causality (2018)
bandcamp
Evil Clown Album Page

Fulcrum  (2018)
bandcamp
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Evil Clown Album Page


​Thulsa Doom (2017) 
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Evil Clown Album Page

PEK Solo, An Orchestra of PEKs - Coulombs

On Metal Chaos Ensemble: "... ​using unique strategies to yield densely active and eerily surreal music, an incredible excursion through experimental improvisation."   - Squidco website staff

Review:

Leap of Faith Orchestra performs

Supernovae by PEK

by Karl  Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com

YouTube Videos..

Audio CD                                    Evil Clown 9267

PEK Solo, An Orchestra of PEKs - Coulombs


Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA

13, 14, 20-22 March 2021

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Coulombs - 1:18:07

Clangin (Download Bonus Track) - 42:05


PEK -Composition, all instruments, recording & mixing
- Flutes (piccolo, C, alto flute, alto & bass ocarina, Russian wood flute, wood flutes, large bamboo flute)
- Saxophones (sopranino, alto, tenor, bass, targato)
- Clarinets (B flat, alto, contralto, contrabass)
- Double Reeds (piccolo oboe, oboe, English horn, mussette, medieval pipe, shenai, dulzaina, tarota, bass tromboon)
- Free Reed Aerophones (sheng, concertina, melodica, chromatic harmonica)
- Other Wind (duck call, goat horn, crank siren)
- Strings (electric cello, electric upright bass, rababa, [d]ronin, alto & bass nagoya harps)
- Electronics (Moogerfooger, Syntrx, moog subsequent, Linnstrument, Novation Peak, Korg MS-20, Theremin, delay)
- Percussion (Englephone, orchestral chimes, glockenspiel, crotales and bowed crotales, gongs, plate gong, brontosaurus & tank bells, Tibetan bowls and bells, bells, almglocken, chimes, cowbells, temple bells, cymbals, finger cymbals, trine, flex-a-tone, aquasonic, wood blocks,
temple blocks, log drums, orchestral castanets, seed pod rattle, talking drum)

Review by Darren Bergstein, Downtown Music Gallery

PEK SOLO / AN ORCHESTRA OF PEKS - Coulombs (Evil Clown 9267; USA) A coulomb is defined as “…a unit of electric charge, equal to the quantity of electricity conveyed in one second by a current of one ampere.” Never before has Dave PEK titled one of his many unbridled works so accurately, because spending the lengthy time-frame erected by the unstoppable force of this album means staring into the maw of the great supercharged beast itself. PEK outdoes himself on this one (which is saying something), using his inimitable army of flutes, saxes, clarinets, and nameless reeds, not counting such instruments as duck call, goat horn, crank siren, and chromatic harmonica to blow winds of change across an ever-shifting landscape of percolating synthetic aberrations, discrete analog pulse-states, and many other decidedly alien tableau. These collective sounds mimic things not naturally found in nature, which makes for immersion in this particular PEK orchestra arcana a thing of abject wonder. And even as sand-blasted as the environs become when the man takes one of his patented horn solos, it is highly recommended you strap on the headphones to further sink yourself into PEK’s variegated maelstrom. All throughout, it beggars belief how the man can seem to effortlessly keep all his sonic balls in the air; every successive moment reveals new textures, sudden accelerations, radical course changes. Looking at the accompanying shots of PEK in his studio, he affects something of the navigator on the starship Enterprise, expertly maneuvering his way through a kaleidoscopic galaxy of meteoric anomalies, supernova detritus, and swirling, cascading nebulae. And when those horns periodically make their presence known amongst the circuit-coiffed starshine, they add a caustic, sometimes abrasive, but nevertheless human element that cries out from the proverbial heavens. When the whole recording concludes, after nearly seventy-nine minutes, you’re emotionally drained but intellectually wowed, senses disrupted, mouth agape.


- Darren Bergstein, DMG 

Evil Clown 

On Leap of Faith: "Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force..." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

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​​​​​​Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA
13, 14, 20-23 March 2021

Liner Notes by PEK

Every once in a while, there is a break in the crazy schedule here at Evil Clown and I have some time to do a solo album.  Our grand olde pal, the Corona Virus has provided such a break in spades….  At the beginning of the 2020, it appeared that the year would be our busiest yet…  We did a bunch of albums in January, February and the first weeks of March, and then I was forced to cancel a bunch of wonderful performances scheduled for the months that followed.   So, I caught up all my old business:  web site, social media, distribution, and the other non-musical activity required to drive the enterprise.  Then I took a month off…  my biggest rest since I started up in 2015 after my long hiatus.  In mid-May I started up again, conceiving some new means of producing some of the enormous output normally achieved by Evil Clown.  In the Fall I did a huge series of solo works along with a few Metal Chaos Ensemble sets with Yuri and Mike Gruen.

Now entering the second calendar year to be affected by the Stupid Virus, I really miss playing with others…  For obvious reasons, I have been producing a lot more PEK Solo albums than I do typically.  I conceived a structural schema for producing solo works while we wait for the virus to be over.  As with larger ensemble Evil Clown sessions, the planning involves selecting sound resources from the massive Evil Clown Arsenal and setting up the studio with these instruments to allow rapid changes in instrumentation and therefore in sonority.  This system provides a framework to create solo works that are sufficiently different from each other that I can continue to produce new work at something close to my usual rate even while I can’t perform with others.

The PEK Solo albums fall into four categories:
1 - One continuous track (no overdubbing) of PEK playing one or many instruments with or without signal processing.
2 - One continuous track of PEK playing one or many instruments with a prerecorded mix of samples drawn from the Evil Clown Catalog or specially recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters.  Solo albums from before 2020 fall into the categories 1 & 2.
3 - A Quartet of PEKs – Four continuous tracks of one PEK each playing many instruments on each pass.  Some of these use broad pallets and some use very focused pallets.
4 - An Orchestra of PEKs – Many tracks of PEKs performing on a broad section of the Arsenal.

The current work, Coulombs, is category 4.  The two intermediate mixes are electric cello and electric upright bass through Moogerfooger stomp box and syntrix analog synthesizer and a metallic percussion mix, Clangin’, included as a free bonus download track.  This is the 10th CD length work for An Orchestra of PEKs since Schism recorded shortly after the onset of Corona Virus.  Each uses a different set of intermediate mixes made from the various timbre sets of instruments in the Evil Clown Arsenal.

I take samples from the intermediate mixes and transform them and then use the samples and the altered samples in the premix of my Orchestra of PEK's albums... Many of these, like Clangin’, stand alone as complete works and have been released as bonus download tracks with the bandcamp downloads...

As I recorded this, the title "Clangin'" occurred to me as an obvious title for this track filled with bangin on metal sounds. Many years ago, when I was learning about Jazz as a young man, I enjoyed the Miles Davis Prestige period albums Walkin' (1954), Cookin', Relaxin', Workin', Steamin' (May - October 1956).  While there is no similarity musically with these 50's masterworks at the end of this period of Miles, there is a common thread. Miles needed to complete his contract with Prestige to start his relationship with Columbia... He engaged fantastic Jazz players and created these 5 seminal albums with similar names within a few months.

Working quickly is a fundamental part of the Evil Clown process. So after my title, Clangin' occurred to me, it's connection to Mile's titles and his fierce process became apparent, and I decided to dedicate this work to Miles Davis.

While I have enjoyed the process of creating Quartet of PEKs and Orchestra of PEKs recordings during our collective CV incarceration, I am looking forward to resuming performance with other musicians in the very near future.  My housemate, Raffi, has received his first vaccine shot, and I will get my first shot next week.  I’ll be able to open Evil Clown Headquarters to sessions probably by mid-May to players in the roster who have also been fully vaccinated.  That date is about 6 or 7 weeks from the date of this writing.  My current plan is to do several category 1-3 sessions during that time, but perhaps I will squeeze in one more Orchestra of PEKs set before I can start doing sets with other players.

I expect that I will be able to resume the rapid schedule interrupted a year ago.  I have been in periodic communication with members of the various units, and we are all chompin’ at the bit!!  Stay tuned for a flood of new works by Leap of Faith, Metal Chaos Ensemble, Turbulence and other Evil Clown Ensembles starting up in May…

As usual, the chaos of the universe throws out problems which require our attention.   Expression must be expressed.  Music must be made.  The chaos of the universe demands it.

PEK – 3/25/21

Composer and multi-instrumentalist, PEK, set his sights on something bigger with the Leap of Faith Orchestra's Supernovae. The previous incarnation of the LOFO expands from the fifteen musicians on The Expanding Universe (Evil Clown, 2016) to twenty-one players on this new outing. Another noteworthy element of this project is PEK's use of Frame Notation where the score is seen in written descriptions and straight-forward symbols within Duration Bars. The system provides the musicians with immediate understanding of their own parts and the higher-level arrangement of the music. 

Supernovae consists of a single track composition running just under eighty minutes. The digital download includes a bonus track. Though the extended piece is not broken out by formal movements, there are clear delineations within the score. PEK's ensemble—not surprisingly—includes enough non-traditional and weird instruments to compete with a Dr. Seuss orchestra. Though they are not playing in a vacuum, that group of instruments dominates the first ten minutes before strings and reeds make themselves more clearly heard. Forty-five minutes in, we have the first case of prolonged melody, darker and more subdued than the overall tone of the first half. 

Supernovae gives way to free improvisation overlaying the melody. Eventually the piece introduces a brilliant percussion passage before it reintroduces the non-traditional music elements, but here in a more refined manner. As with all of PEK's compositions, there is—behind the scenes—a painstaking amount of organization that is not always evident in the listening. That is part of the beauty of this album; the non-traditional approach to instrumentation and the lack of adherence to Western structure continue to make the various iterations of Leap of Faith consistently interesting. And interesting look at the written score can be viewed at http://www.evilclown.rocks/lofo-supernovae-score.html.

Video Grabs & Instrument Photos..

Excerpt from Darren Bergstein Review 

“… All throughout, it beggars belief how the man can seem to effortlessly keep all his sonic balls in the air; every successive moment reveals new textures, sudden accelerations, radical course changes…  When the whole recording concludes, after nearly seventy-nine minutes, you’re emotionally drained but intellectually wowed, senses disrupted, mouth agape.”


Excerpt from PEK Liner Notes

“... The current work, Coulombs, is category 4.  The two intermediate mixes are electric cello and electric upright bass through Moogerfooger stomp box and syntrix analog synthesizer and a metallic percussion mix, Clangin’, included as a free bonus download track.  This is the 10th CD length work for An Orchestra of PEKs since Schism recorded shortly after the onset of Corona Virus.  Each uses a different set of intermediate mixes made from the various timbre sets of instruments in the Evil Clown Arsenal....”   


Squidco Blurb
Recording as An Orchestra of PEKs--overdubbed tracks performing with his arsenal of metallic, percussive and electronics devices--intermediate mixes here of electric cello and electric upright bass through Moogerfooger stomp box and syntrix analog synthesizer and a metallic percussion mix, the various timbres interacting as a larger environment for PEK's reed improvisations.