Springs Period is a new project from composer/producer/musician Gregory Reeves (aka Cordovan, Van Scotti, and GSUB).
Springs Period is abstract electronic music influenced by free jazz like Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman, tapping into that sensibility to perform these compositions. These are live performances of the pieces, with lots of improvisation, some using generative techniques with Reeves and the computer improvising off one another. The sonic palette is minimal, evoking a small jazz combo, using drum machine, synths and processed sounds in place of drums, upright bass, vibes, etc. The idea is that of an intimate jazz quartet, yet in the form of improvised and generative laptop music.
The recording was done without a typical multi-track approach—Reeves programmed a custom performance software interface(using max/MSP) to capture the pieces in real time, live patching on-the-fly, from start to finish, coming out differently each time they were played.
Releases under Reeves’ other aliases have earned excellent reviews in URB, Xlr8r, and Jazztimes to name a few, typically working in the garage, dub, nu-jazz, and downtempo ends of the spectrum. Cordovan remixed Bob Marley for the first official Bob Marley and The Wailers remix album “Roots Rock Remixed”(Tuff Gong) as well as jazz artists like Sarah Vaughan.
Under his own name, he has released several abstract ambient albums (Photic and Quartet Automata) and created sound for interactive art installations like the Duoscope installation at the Gaffa Gallery in Sydney, and the Hopeless Utopians at the Peats Ridge Festival, New Years’s eve, in Australia, in collaboration with the Expanded Architecture Collective.
As a session musician, studio collaborator, and live bassist, Reeves has worked with a diverse roster of artists and producers, including Jeff Trott(Sheryl Crow), Bird York, Keith LeBlanc (Sugarhill Gang, Peter Gabriel), Roger Manning(Beck), Miguel Migs, James Hardway, Dead Kennedys, The Visionaries, and many more. Reeves’ also composes music for TV in a range of genres, for Fuel TV, MTV, A&E, and many others.