Spill is the Duo of Tony Buck, drums and percussion, and Magda Mayas, piano and clavinet, founded in 2003. While I have worked with different Memory Pieces since early 2016, we decided to try and adapt this idea to our duo. While on an artists’ residency at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles, USA, we composed a multichannel playback made out of past performances and played live with it, the drums and piano again in the middle of the room, with four speakers in each corner of the room.
We then performed a second version at Gothenburg University in October 2016, additionally using Tony’s custom-made acoustic mechanical drum machines, which circulate at different speeds and in directions, scraping along and hitting various other percussion objects lying on the floor while they turn. Positioned in different spots of the performance space, they added to the acoustic spatialization and turned the concert into a live installation piece, which we interacted with and performed within.
We decided to use this Memory Piece playback later on in 2017 and recorded a live version with it in the studio. This recording turned into the piece “Magnetic Island” on the
LP "Stereo", which was released in November 2018 on Corvo Records Berlin. The result creates a music with a sense of space and depth and an internal logic, as sounds move from the fore to the background, sweeping across the stereo image in a teeming world of action and reaction, interwoven timbres and fluid resonance.