Climbing In Circles
Climbing in Circles pt. 4 - April 2022 - Limited Noise.
Having finished this first round of Circles albums, I was starting to think about the next duo records with Matthew (Herd) and Liam (Noble). Matt and I had previously experimented playing duo and overdubbing things - it had been fun and we had always said we'd like to do it again... So that was the basis of an idea...
Then there was a global pandemic... and everything stopped for a while, which was odd... and for better or for worse I had a lot more time on my hands. I was lucky to have been awarded Arts Council Funding for this period, but the aforementioned international crisis somewhat changed those plans. Long story short, I, like many, spent a hefty proportion of the alone times learning about recording, processing live instruments, production and synthesisers - and it was bloody great.
My original funding plan included working on this album with Matthew; we wanted to explore ways of composing with improvisation in the studio... We did this, but a year later than planned... A year spent making odd sounds with various fun gadgets and, although not the intention at the time, this very much influenced the music.
We had no real agenda when recording, other than to try making music in this way... This record is the result.
I had such an excellent time making this with Matthew and Alex. They are both amazing people and musicians - as is Mr Ed Begley whose company sustained us all throughout. I loved expanding the sound of the duo through production and processing - and the opportunity to think in terms of sound, texture and mood.
I like the sound worlds. Hope you do too. You can hear it here.
Huge love and thanks to Kazland for his amazing artwork. He's amazing.
Huge love and thanks also to Andrew Plummer for his tireless and amazing work releasing this record on Limited Noise.
Here's a link to the album.
Here are a handful of favourable reviews - incase you need convincing by a faceless stranger...
Liverpool sound and vision.
Hello reader... thanks for making it this far. From now on I'm going to do away with all this third person narrative stuff... It's an ever increasingly failed attempt to appear professional... both you, and most definitely I, know that I am not. If you didn't well you now do. These websites are written by the person who it features, we all know the score... I'm supposed to wax lyrical about myself as if I'm someone else... and make out that I, but not I... him... that is to say Will Glaser... (thats me) is... or am... important enough for someone else to do that on my behalf... I'm not, and neither is he.
It's stupid and exhausting.
Anyway, this page features some of the music I've made, namely a project titled Climbing In Circles. I thought It'd be a nice thing to write a little about each of them just incase anyones interested. The digital version of liner notes I guess...
It's not a blog. I really wont be updating this that much. Anyway, I hope you enjoy.
Climbing In Circles (the 3rd one...) - from the liner notes.
"The music I enjoy most is about communication between close friends- sometimes playful, sometimes bickering, sometimes joyous, sometimes angry, but always rooted in trust, sensitivity and, when necessary, forgiveness.
This album, which builds on the long-standing musical friendships between these three outstanding musicians (established over their two previous duo collaborations), has all of these elements.
This feels like an album that draws upon a wealth of deep learning that only happens between musicians who have played together a great deal; musicians who have taught each other by osmosis, rather than by creating a complex script or rigid structure to define the roles of the participants.
That’s why I love it.
This is music by a band.
This is magic - a conjuring of something beautiful out of the barest of suggestions.
This is human."
"This album is the culmination of three years of music making and two other records, Climbing in Circles Parts One and Two. These three records aim to shine a light on how each performer’s personality plays a role in shaping improvised music. To me, the resulting sounds feel very honest, warm and inviting."