P. Emerson Williams’ new EP Sea Of Eyes shows a new aesthetic and features Mark Cunningham. The seed for the collaboration between P. Emerson Williams and Mark Cunningham was sown in Barcelona, Spain where the Jarboe & P. Emerson Williams 2013 tour stopped for a performance at Ritual Cvlt Party #1.
With a seemingly serene surface that gradually reveails the currents of chaos beneath more with each variation, P. Emerson Williams with Mark Cunningham take the listener on a surreal journey. The two musicians explore the sonic palate of their instruments and the post production process is used as another instrument. Trumpet, guitar and vocal parts manipulated, pitch shifted and stretched to become a manner of ambient orchestration of the original takes.
Sea Of Eyes is a triptych carved of sound that uses the same source material in each part. In audio and temporal space the central panel must come first, followed by the extension, or distension on either side of the center following.
released 30 August 2014
P. Emerson Williams – Guitar, Vocals
Mark Cunningham – Trumpet
About P. Emerson Williams:
P. Emerson Williams is a multi-media artist delving in music, art, writing, and video. More people listen to the sounds of P. Emerson Williams every day than realize it, for much of it is embedded in extensive transmedia projects past and ongoing. A visionary artist and an illustrator, his work takes projects spanning physical and digital media, genres and modes of performance to strange realms.
“Given P. Emerson Williams extensive track record of cross-medium and genre art over the past thirty years, it is likely he will become an underground legend. This may have occurred already, yet given his reclusiveness, it’s unlikely he would notice.” -James Curcio, author of Fallen Nation, Join My Cult and The Immanence of Myth
P. Emerson Williams is a Necrofuturist Highwire Artist – Dr. Hyatts Black Book Omega, The Original Falcon Press, 2009
About Mark Cunningham:
Born 1952 New Jersey. Took up trumpet at seven in school band, guitar at 14 in garage band. Psychotropic Sixties adventures led to college in St. Pete, Florida 1970, free music, theater, . Back to New York City 1974 CBGB explosion Patti Smith, Television… time for a band started MARS No wave noise seventies NO NEW YORK 1978 Brian Eno snapshot of a scene doomed to give way to dance music eighties…1981 JOHN GAVANTI no opera finding sounds that led to DON KING 1983-1989 horns and drums acoustic at birth but hooked by electronics before dispersing 1991 moved to Barcelona embraced European decadence formed RAEO with Gat to anticipate new century ways and now total artistic alliance with Silvia Mestres in CONVOLUTION.
In 1997 recorded sole solo work “Blood River Dusk” , with assistance from Silvia and inspiration from Cormac McCarthy´s Blood Meridian, of which The Wire wrote the following: “Death blows through the new trumpet music of former New York No Waver Mark Cunningham like the desert wind whistling through the empty eye sockets of a skull.”
Along the way collaborations with many like and unlike minded persons and bands such as Christian Marclay, Rudolph Grey, Lydia Lunch, Fist of Facts (ex-liquid liquid), Jim Thirlwell (Foetus), Bewitched, Jakob Draminsky, Superelvis, Pascal Comelade, Mil Dolores Pequeños, Butch Morris, Etant Donnes, and most recently as a floating member of Thee Majesty, the new group of Genesis P-Orridge.