I was given this to listen to while in sensory-deprivation bondage, and then again at home in my solitude after I'd bought it for myself. This album is truly extraordinary for the mind and body to experience.
Favorite track: The Industrial Revolution.
As stated, this is audial storytelling. Every track is successful in this endeavor, however when I listened to “Cochabamba” I was immediately transported to wherever it was I was supposed to be. In emotion, scope and storytelling it ranks with and brought to mind one of my favorite composers, Charles Ives, in particular the composition, “Central Park in The Dark”. If the torch isn’t passed then grab it and burn it all down to the ground...
Favorite track: Cochabamba.
Transmissions is the first solo album by percussionist, writer, composer and improvisor Samuel Goff. Based in Richmond, VA. he comprises half of the distressed noise rock combo Among The Rocks And Roots and is a founding member of the avant improv collective RAIC. Transmissions is a multi genre album touching on musique concrete, avant garde, film music, isolationist minimalism, noise, drone soundscapes, polyrhythmic percussion, world music and industrial. The album over a year in the making was recorded at Etching Tin Studios and the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA with co-producer and engineer Richard Schellenberg. The album also draws heavily on field recordings and samples recorded during brief stays in Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, Bolivia. The album was mastered by Raffaele Pezzella aka Sonologyst in Italy.
The songs on Transmissions are all very personal concept songs that attempt to take the listener on a journey and tell a story without lyrics but with sound. Journeys are taken through the coal mines of Kentucky in the 1950’s, the isolation of deep space, Bolivia, turn of the 20th century Industrial Revolution and the horror of Columbian Catholic exorcism practices and ritualistic possession ceremonies. The album is the debut release of new imprint Cacophonous Revival Recordings who is releasing this in conjunction with Pennsylvania’s experimental label Orb Tapes.
Tapes can be ordered from Orb here
released February 4, 2020
Produced by Samuel Goff and Richard Schellenberg
Samuel Goff - Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Turntables, Field Recordings, Electronics, Vocals, Piano, Found Objects, Samples, Taiko Drums, Brong, Kendang Gede, Gongs, Reyong
Mixed by Richard Schellenberg
Mastered by Raffaele Pezzella aka Sonologyst July 2019 in Italy
Front cover and Sunrise (Northern Omen) photographs by Samuel Goff
Additional photographs by John Cohen and Brandon Orellana
Layout by Dave Peterson
All tracks recorded at Etching Tin Studios in Richmond, VA. between April 2017 and June 2018 except for "Snakebite" and "Sunrise (Northern Omen)" recorded at the University Of Richmond, July 2018.
Field recordings captured in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Manassas, VA. and Suffolk, VA.
This album is dedicated to the memory of Freddie Lynn Goff (1945-2018).
These songs are all very personal. Every sound on this album is meant to tell a story. So thank you for taking the time out of your life to listen to these songs.
This album is released in conjunction with Orb Tapes. Cassette version is available from them.
Thank you to Daynee Rosales for always having faith and supporting me at every turn. Abdul-Hakim Bilal for saving me from myself and being my musical life partner. Leo Heinzel for your patient ear and critique. Andy McGraw for allowing me to record at the University of Richmond. Richard Schellenberg for untiring patience and listening to all of my crazy ideas and making them a reality. Sevarin Goff for giving me another chance. Manuel Rosales and the Rosales family for taking care of me and guiding me around Bolivia. James Searfoss for agreeing to this project and for years of support. Also thanks to Raffaele Pezzella, TJ Norris, Yvonne O., Joseph McStannard, Sofi Rosales, Jules Hades and Brandon Orelanna.
Our aims and goals will be to not be constrained by genre or geography but to have a unifying theme. One of passion,
excitement and experimentation in music. We want to release styles as divergent in genre as avant garde, world music, experimental, jazz, noise, metal, hip hop, punk, classical, etc....more
A fearless cult figure from New England's underground scene, Sawyer's no-fi experiments with everyday objects and body sounds are greatly rewarding to those who have the patience and curiosity to give them a chance. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 20, 2017