Two years later Don’t Know, Just Walk, percussionist Mike Weis (Zelienople, Kwaidan and Good Stuff House) returns with a new solo work. Sound Practice is out now via Chicago-based label Monastral. “19’36” ” is an excerpt available for streaming. Listen below.
For this new album, Weis eschews the use of digital loops and samples that were the backbone of his previous releases opting for a direct, present moment interaction with his instruments. The two long-form pieces were recorded directly in the studio in one take without overdubs or edits using his signature unorthodox drum kit made up of a large bass drum, Chinese gong, Tibetan singing bowls, cymbals and traditional Korean folk drums—changgo and buk. Weis augmented these percussion instruments with a tabletop guitar (prepared with aluminum rods, gong and vibrating dildos) and real-time manipulations of tape recordings of his gongs, bells and cymbals.