BIOTA : Funnel to a Thread

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"Since the late 1970s Biota has ploughed its own furrow, producing a body of work that resembles nothing anyone else has done or is yet doing. Their compositions evolve in long, constantly shifting timbral blocks filled with fragments and echoes of quasi-familiar musical languages. They use instrumental resources bridging half a millennium and two thirds of the planet to create unique combinations of texture, color and movement. It's a music of constant flux, dissolving, re-forming and mutating without agitation or stress, where motion and stasis blend into a single ambiguous condition. And although it will never arrive, the path, with its simultaneous familiarity and strangeness has an eerie power to compel. The recordings, as always from the Dys Studio, are meticulous and carefully constructed -- the fused product of generation after generation of processing and mixing. There's an almost Feldmanesque quality of necessity and unpredictability. The band now takes, on average, five years to prepare, record and finalize a new release. They're in no hurry."

1 Falling In Wood 3:07
2 Receptor 1:29
3 Double Unfound 1:27
4 Hearsay 4:03
5 Half Dwelling 3:04
6 Shed 1:34
7 Misnoticed 3:29
8 Understory 2:34
9 Numberless Years 3:28
10 A Dozen Moons 3:15
11 Winder 2:42
12 Not A Single Thing 4:03
13 More Than Say 1:34
14 Take Warning 4:15
15 The Land Away 3:39
16 Whirl Round 1:33
17 Hand Nor Glove 1:40
18 High Painted Streets 1:13
19 Till Time And Times 5:01
Words By ? W.B. Yeats
20 Usually The Guesser 2:20
21 Choosehow 1:35

Recorded At ? Dys Studio
Mixed At ? Dys Studio
Edited At ? Dys Studio
Mastered At ? Dys Studio

Drums [Kit], Percussion, Percussion [Ranat], Xylophone ? Larry Wilson
Electric Guitar, Guitar [Nylon], Twelve-String Guitar, Bass [Crown], Keyboards [Clavioline], Zither ? Tom Katsimpalis
Electric Piano [Rhodes], Flute [Flutes], Recorded By [Rhodes, Trumpet, Flutes] ? Randy Miotke
Guitar [Resophonic], Edited By [Editing] ? Mark Piersel
Keyboards [Biomellodrone], Effects [Roland Space Echo] ? Randy Yeates
Mixed By [Mix], Edited By [Editing], Electronics [Electronic Processing], Engineer ? William Sharp
Organ [Hammond Electric, Estey Pump], Accordion, Khene [Kaen], Autoharp, Recorded By [Hammond, Accordion, Autoharp, Kaen] ? Gordon Whitlow
Performer [Kim] ? James Gardner
Piano ? Charles O'Meara
Producer [Production], Arranged By [Arrangements], Mixed By [Mixdown], Composed By, Arranged By ? Biota
Trumpet ? James Gardner (tracks: 2, 9, 21), Randy Miotke (tracks: 13, 19)
Violin, Mandolin, Banjo [Banjolin] ? David Zekman
Voice, Strumstick ? Kristianne Gale
Words By ? Trad. (tracks: 4, 8, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21)

Recorded, mixed, edited, mastered: Dys Studio (Bellvue, Colorado) between Fall 2012 & Summer 2014
Hammond, accordion, autoharp, & kaen recorded at Nashville, Indiana
Rhodes, trumpet, & flutes recorded at Fort Collins, Colorado

Digipak with 28 page booklet.

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