One year after Body Consonance, New York-based sound artist and musician Byron Westbrook released his third album with his own name. Confluence Patterns is out now via Umor Rex. We have the pleasure to premiere a new video for the track “Fractal Shift II” (“II” as the Roman numeral #2). It was directed by Scott Kiernan of NYC art collective E.S.P TV.
Confluence Patterns is an eclectic collection of recordings, containing both the sharpest and most pastoral material Westbrook has released. The pieces range from the textured drones of “Vanishing Action” to the Tony-Conrad-plays-Black-Sabbath riffing of “Perception Depth” to the Maggie Payne-influenced “Fractal Shift II”. Westbrook is interested in how sharp contrast can shape the perception of a sound. Working with texture and frequency in relation to listening duration, he considers sonic analogies as to how an afterimage affects the experience of sight.