Whistle Pig Saloon

Ferguson, John and van Heume, Robert (2009) Whistle Pig Saloon. Borealis Contemporary Music Festival. 27 Mar 2009, Bergen, Norway.


Wide and disjointed, blending a fractured pulse with dynamic texture, this is an immersive and disorientating music; sometimes subtle, often invasive, always close. In capturing a moment and inscribing agency, the motionblur of the cover art offers a suitable metaphor for this duo’s musical interactions. Live sampled source sounds are gesturally manipulated and reworked within open ended narratives, sounding like an air whistle blasting out from an old steam locomotive as it emerges at speed from a tunnel. Whilst the whistle pig/groundhog (day) reference explores cycles of repetition beyond episodic improvisation, emphasising the value of revisiting and re-appropriating a previous moment. John configures the electric guitar as a site for multiple simultaneous points of interaction and queries the iconic cultural status of his instrument via feet, fingers and feedback. Robert crunches, growls and smashes both John’s live sampled sound as well as his private stack of industrial bits and organic beats.

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