Hugh Marsh is a Toronto-based violinist and composer, known also for collaboration with artists like Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy. He recently released a new album. Violinvocations is out now via Western Vinyl. As the press release reports, Despite the album’s title, one would be hard-pressed to say with certainty whether violin was even involved in this album without being told so ahead of time.
In one moment a ghost is heard weeping into a dictaphone; a digitized anime character is nervously chattering in the next; and in still another, jagged sheets of distortion avalanche toward the listener beneath auroric swells of harmony. It’s the kind of sound design that requires a dedicated attempt by any Oneohtrixian laptop composer, only it’s all being generated by Marsh’s violin and his curious cabinet of effects pedals often in just one take.