In “Intricate Connections Formed Without Touch”, Adam Basanta explores a timbral and stylistic spectrum emerging from a single acoustic guitar improvisation. Cut, sliced, re-arranged and folded-over, Basanta creates the vast majority of timbral material heard through a series of laptop improvisations. The guitar is de- and re-constructed through the use of short sonic fragments: at times retaining familiar plucked and resonant timbres, while at others sliced so short that the result seems entirely synthetic. While the original sound source arises from a tactile encounter, this careful re-arrangement of fragments within a digital realm is alluded to in the album’s title.
With the original source oscillating between recognizable and otherworldly, “Intricate Connections Formed Without Touch” forms a synthesis of sonic, harmonic, and rhythmic approaches which hybridize experimental and popular influences.
The materials were assembled into six tracks first in an artist residency at EMS Stockholm / Sweden (2014) and later at the artist’s studio in Montreal / Canada (2015 – 2017). The album is complimented by a commissioned remix of “Flora & Fauna” by Vancouver-based drummer and electronic music producer Kai Basanta.