California Fragments

by Dan Thorpe

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//... the album

California Fragments is autobiographical music. The pieces are constructed from loops of fragmentary, sketched material and cell-phone samples. They were written and recorded while travelling, in between (or, sometimes, in the middle of) practising other pieces, or (mostly) on my ancient piano — with its creaking stool and deteriorating felt. These pianos and these pieces of paper trace my life, re-arranged into its usual patterns, through my musical output.

//... the pieces
The performer is presented with a series of small loops, notated on playing cards, indicating either a played gesture or a sample to be triggered. Each movement occupies its own suit. Though each movement has a predetermined start and end, the performer shapes the texture through their ordering of the material. There is a degree of obscuration present in the scoring that allows even more scope for the performer.


released February 1, 2013

All Material © Dan Thorpe, 2013.
Performed and recorded by Dan Thorpe.
Photography by Dennis Grauel.

With Special Thanks to Justin Phelps, for his production assistance.



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Dan Thorpe Adelaide, Australia

Influenced by everything from queer punk to American experimentalism to dolewave, Dan Thorpe’s music “decimat[es] the boundaries of genre” [CutCommon, 2016]. His broad base of musical experience is reflected in a curious, experimental and genre defying compositional and performance output linked together by a love of storytelling and sense of irreverence for existing forms. ... more

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