Work In Progress
“…… to use the word ’song’ for the four vocal tracks on Work in Progress does not quite accurately describe these free-form mini-epics fusing words and music…. The album’s nine tracks alternate between instrumental and vocal pieces… Although the accompaniment retains its austerity throughout, the lyric ends on a positive, poignant, and downright romantic note….. I, for one, am totally a fan of their work.“ Frank J. Oteri – NewMusicBox – February 7, 2012
If you’re going to have just one of our CDs, we recommend choosing Work In Progress. It’s our most developed music and it’s what you’ve heard coming from the players scattered across this site.
Shipping a CD costs $4.45 within the States, $13.45 to Canada, and $18.45 to everywhere else. We regret international shipping is so expensive, but that’s what the U.S. Post Office charges us.
The music on Sweet Heresy is directly ancestral to our current stuff, and in particular the first cut of Work In Progress sounds quite a bit like some of the later cuts of Sweet Heresy. However during the 6 years between their creation there were big changes in both our life and in the way we do music.
Most obviously when we made Sweet Heresy we were still recording with our earlier and much less sophisticated setup and hadn’t yet built our second wonderful quartertone kalimba. But as important, we hadn’t yet chucked/fallen out of our past, hadn’t yet gone completely broke, and hadn’t been forced to become commercial translators, all of which helped us grow into bigger humans capable of playing deeper more powerful music.
Still Sweet Heresy is a cool CD. Its music starts slow and then gets steadily slower, it’s music one friend described as stopping time, and when you want to chill Sweet Heresy will do the job better than any other music (except for Work in Progress).
For a taste of Sweet Heresy, click on the player immediately below this to hear the first half of Dotara – Quartus, its fourth cut.
Sweet Heresy received two very favorable reviews.
“….extraordinarily uncompromising slow and inward music” is how it was described by Frank Oteri writing in NewMusicBox, while Zeno on the Hollow Tree Experimental Music Report blew us away by suggesting if our culture survives this period of radical change, its future music “will most likely resemble the music of Untravelled Path.”
If you’re curious about the early musical steps we took on our strange untravelled path, we still have many copies of Huhnandhuhn….
Despite its general musical clumsiness and underdeveloped recording technique, there are some beautiful things on Huhnandhuhn (released in 2001). If it doesn’t rattle your speakers too badly (back then we didn’t know much about making our sound speaker friendly), the opening two-shoki piece is cool and the final a cappella duet is astonishingly innocent. While the two songs featuring our guitars and drums (this was before we had shifted to playing only our own instruments) are kind of neat. Also the words of its fourth cut, “Remember When”, more than hint at the direction taken by the songs on Work In Progress.
Why We Changed our Name to Untravelled Path
We first started recording as “Huhnandhuhn” since the single most important principle of our shared life is that neither of us comes first. We both play all of our instruments, we work together to build them, and our recording and sound editing are totally shared operations. Also we make it a point to evenly divide all the housework, gardening, and other chores. While working as translators, we’re both there sweating in front of our computers for the entire time it takes to do each job.
However before finishing Sweet Heresy we decided that as a name, “Untravelled Path” says more about our general approach to music. So we play our music on instruments we’ve invented and built ourselves, don’t perform, and do all of our own recording and sound engineering.
The path we’ve followed is indeed untravelled.
We Hope You Enjoy Our Music!