G Lucas Crane treats his source material much like the method applied in Peter Tscherkassky's film Outer Space—things are mashed, quartered, revisited and repeated from different angles, and in much the same way that Outer Space lets you rest occasionally, Lucas also allows moments of semi-placid, voyeur's-view contemplation—that is, before the vain, cacophonous rattling of the Nonhorse takes over yet again.
Fans of dark, whimsical, vast-plane cut-ups like the Bladder Flask album and The Sylvie and Babs High-Thigh Companion will most certainly be pleased, though one of many differences here is that Lucas uses cassettes as his primary source medium, using two decks, and actually hammering his fingers on the reels, holding them, letting them go, forcing them to stop and then move grudgingly in reverse. His hands also scuttle over a hip-hop stylee DJ fader, walloping sound back and forth through the channels.
What was intended in its original conception to be a modest grouping of two sets (or bouts, if you will) between G Lucas Crane and Nonhorse, his "adversarial image totem" (listen to the full archive of the Castle broadcast from 5.26.2010; he explains a bit in the post-set interview) became a sprawling, 54-minute smackdown, because Lucas quite honestly became embedded in performance and lost all sense of time. Another bit of beautiful weirdness I am more than pleased to have presented on the radio.
Much thanks to Glenn L for always accommodating Castle visitors, and helping them to shine the best light upon their works, and to Tracy for killing the duck.