ARC are Ian Boddy and Mark Shreeve who have previously released Octane on Boddy's Something Else Record label. Mark Shreeve has recently been involved with his Redshift project that due to the use of his original Moog IIIC modular system... Read more...
Running time: 0:57:32
Creep - 16:52
Rise - 20:51
Fade - 19:49
In November 2009 Ian Boddy & Mark Shreeve journeyed to the USA to play at The Gatherings Concert Series, St.Mary’s Church, Philadelphia. This was Boddy’s fifth appearence in Philadelphia but was the first time he had travelled with long time musical collaborator Mark Shreeve who was playing in the States for the first time. The Gatherings are organised by Chuck van Zyl who is also the host for the Star’s End radio show broadcast every Sunday morning from 1am - 6am on WXPN. Following their very well received performance on the Saturday evening at The Gatherings the duo moved across town to the modern, spacious WXPN studio to perform live on Star’s End. In front of a small group of helpers and friends ARC played from 2am till 3am with a totally improvised set of music. Boddy orchestrated and developed the architecture of the music from his laptop running Ableton Live whilst Shreeve played some gorgeous mellotron lines and produced a virtuoso display of live sequencing from the large analogue modular system kindly lent to ARC by local muscians.
The set was mixed back in the UK by Ian Boddy and nothing has been added or taken away. The audio has simply been cleaned up and balanced. The set is split into 3 sections with the aptly named first track Creep growing slowly and eerily into a dark, brooding slab of atmosphere. This gives way to the middle track Rise which features Shreeve’s sequencing throughout. Boddy adds some strange lurching drums and analogue white noise percussion and as the piece grows in intensity the pair take turns soloing on a Moog Voyager. Finally the last track Fade morphs from the dark atmospheres of the opening piece toward a blissful, relaxing close.
Rise is a unique document of this one-off live improvisation and shows how Shreeve & Boddy are masters of this style of electronic music. A short video clip of their performance has been posted to YouTube.