In his debut recording as a composer, Brooklyn-based percussionist and sound artist Adam Holmes set out to create a program of enormous sound with maximum portability. The result is Compartments, a collection of trance-like percussion works featuring instruments which seldom get the spotlight – mini gongs, flower pots, and wood blocks – all illuminated by interactive live processing designed alongside Max Ardito.
Compartments is an artistic exercise in curiosity and vulnerability, with Holmes working through the sonic characteristics of these tiny percussion instruments on his own terms. The expanding and contracting sounds in Compartments unfold in at a meditative pace over perpetually active yet minimal structures.
released October 11, 2019
Performed and composed by Adam Holmes
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Mike Tierney at Shiny Things Studio in Brooklyn (www.miketierneymusic.com)
Artwork and design by Nat Girsberger (www.natgirsberger.com)
Special thanks to Max Ardito and Cassie Wieland
Executive Producers: Adam Cuthbert & Daniel Rhode (www.slashsound.net)
I really love this album. The way the melodic/harmonic motifs seem to have these slight variations and overlap in different ways is constantly fascinating. Also the drum rhythms are just so cool. Also the sort of “found sound” stuff, like the typing and writing sounds, adds really nice texture. Nick Joliat