Turbulence - Updraft Intensity

Streamed Live to YouTube from

Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA

1 August 2021


Review Excerpt from Bruce Lee Gallanter,

                     Downtown Music Gallery  

Commencing with some Tuvan-like overtone chanting and didjeradoo-like drones, soon we enter a techno-like synth groove which sounds a bit like Tangerine Dream or one of those other Krautrock synth greats (Ash Ra Temple?!?). Although all four musicians here do play acoustic instruments, there is quite a bit of electronic/synth stuff in the first long section of this disc.


Liner Notes Excerpt
“…  A while back, Bob and I did a Turbulence duet with a lot of electronics, and we have also used electronics a lot together in Metal Chaos Ensemble and some of the other Turbulence recordings.  I wanted to change the setup some, since the last Turbulence session from a few weeks back (Vertical Currents) had three of the same players, so I decided to have Bob bring his electronics stuff and to use a fuller complement of my own synths and electronics.  With a full complement of electronics and the electro-acoustic Tim Kaiser instruments, the character of this set changed to a nice mix of winds, percussion and electronics... ”
- PEK

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

Audio CD                       Evil Clown 9280

Turbulence - Updraft Intensity


LIVESTREAMED to YouTube

Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA
1 August 2021


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Updraft Intensity- 1:10:41

Review Excerpt from Bruce Lee Gallanter,

                     Downtown Music Gallery  


TURBULENCE with PEK / BOB MOORES / ERIC DAHLMAN / DUANE REED - Updraft Intensity (Evil Clown 9280; USA) Featuring PEK on clarinets, alto & tenor saxes, flutes, double reeds, theremin, synths & a vast assortment of percussion, Bob Moores on trumpets, flugelhorn, efx, synths & percussion, Eric Dahlman on trumpet, wood flute, chimes Moog & Prophet synths and Duane Reed on bari horn, assorted percussion, etc. Turbulence is one of a half dozen different Leap of faith offshoot projects. Turbulence has a dozen discs so far going back 5 or so years, the personnel has changed over the years with PEK, Bob Moores and Eric Dahlman as the 3 most constant members. Recorded & Livestreamed for YouTube at Evil Clown Headquarters in August of 2021. Commencing with some Tuvan-like overtone chanting and didjeradoo-like drones, soon we enter a techno-like synth groove which sounds a bit like Tangerine Dream or one of those other Krautrock synth greats (Ash Ra Temple?!?). Although all four musicians here do play acoustic instruments, there is quite a bit of electronic/synth stuff in the first long section of this disc. I often find some of the Leap of Faith CD’s to be a bit dark or turbulent at times but not this one.   This one is more spacious and ethereal…

- Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG      

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.

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

Liner Notes by PEK


I formed Turbulence in 2015 as I started to assemble players for the Leap of Faith Orchestra. Turbulence, the extended horn section for the Orchestra (along with guests on other instruments), also records and performs as an independent unit. As if this writing in May of 2021, we have recorded over 30 albums on Evil Clown with greatly varied ensembles.  All the smaller Evil Clown bands are really more about a general approach, rather than a specific set of musicians.  A session gets credited to Turbulence when it is mostly horn players and the only musician on all of them is me. The sessions range from an early duet with Steve Norton and me (Vortex Generation Mechanisms) to a 5-horn band with bass and two percussionists (Encryption Schemes) to four albums by the side project Turbulence Doom Choir which feature myself, multiple tubas, percussion, electronics, and signal processing and many other configurations.

I opened Evil Clown Headquarters in mid-May to players that have been fully vaccinated.  Horn players can’t really wear a mask, so there was no way to do ECH studio sessions inside during the stupid CV.  There has been some shifting in the roster with some players no longer available and some players returning after a period of absence.  This set was originally scheduled as a quintet with me, Bob Moores & Eric Dahlman (trumpets), Duane Reed (baritone horn) and the addition of the amazing trombonist Kat Dobbins.  I was looking forward to this instrumentation which would have been a brass quartet with my horns.  I was planning no electronics.  Kat recently had a baby (Congrats Kat!) and the arrival of the D variant caused her to postpone her participation with Evil Clown projects despite my full vaccination requirement.  Of course, we wish her well and respect her decision to exercise caution, but I had to rethink the approach to this set.

A while back, Bob and I did a Turbulence duet with a lot of electronics, and we have also used electronics a lot together in Metal Chaos Ensemble and some of the other Turbulence recordings.  I wanted to change the setup some, since the last Turbulence session from a few weeks back (Vertical Currents) had three of the same players, so I decided to have Bob bring his electronics stuff and to use a fuller complement of my own synths and electronics.  With a full complement of electronics and the electro-acoustic Tim Kaiser instruments, the character of this set changed to a nice mix of winds, percussion and electronics.

I like this set and I think you will too…

PEK – 8/3/2021

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PEK - clarinet, contralto & contrabass clarinets, alto & tenor saxophones, bass flute, wood flute, ocarinas, piccolo oboe, contrabassoon, bass tromboon, medieval horn, moog subsequent, peak novation, linnstrument controllers, prophet, syntrx, theremin, moogerfooger, lfo synths, [d]ronin, electric chimes, chime rod boxes, telstar, spring boxes, gongs, brontosaurus & tank bells, cow bells, almgocken, chimes, glockenspiel, crotales, wood blocks, temple blocks, log drums, voice

Bob Moores - pocket trumpet, large bell pocket trumpet, cornet, trumpet, flugelhorn, various electronic efx, MainStage soft synths on Mac laptop, Moog Model D emulator on iPad, gong, chime rod boxes, telstar, spring boxes, Englephone, plate gong, wood blocks, temple blocks, log drums

Eric Dahlman – trumpet, overtone voice, wood flute, chime rod boxes, telstar, spring boxes, moog subsequent, prophet

Duane Reed - baritone horn, overtone voice, gong, Englephone, brontosaurus bell, glockenspiel, crotales, cowbells, wood blocks, temple blocks, log drums, novation peak, linnstrument controller, wind siren, voice