chris riggs

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  • forced collapse – consider the weather a failure – holy cheever church

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    Liz Allbee – Trumpet, Electronics
    Christopher Riggs – Guitar

    Chris: “I think I should start a label.”
    Ben: “Yeah, you should.”
    50 releases later Cheever is still struggling to carve out it’s own path through the New American Improvisation highway without aping* the fine work at Broken Research. I couldn’t think of a better recording to release on vinyl in celebration of Cheever reaching the big FIVE OH. After spending the last 49 releases attempting to imitate the sounds of trumpets and broken down Michigan electronics on my effects-pedal-less guitar while keeping one foot in the High-Concept-Art-Recording-Is-Performance-And-I-Have-Good-Reasons-For-Using-Antiquated-Media zone, I sit down for one recording session with trumpeter Liz Allbee and she gets inside my brain to anticipate every move I’m going to make. So much for re-contextualizing extended trumpet techniques with the sounds of Michigan basements when she’s already doing it for me.
    LP edition of 250
    -holy cheever

  • christopher riggs – 5:00, 3:00 – rotifer

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    Part of a series of eight c30s where each fifteen minute side is evenly divided in a different way. Side A contains 3 five minute pieces while side B contains 5 three minute pieces. A single tape limits every piece to the same set of 3-4 sounds. 8 tapes = 8 sets of sounds. Piping creaks sway back and forth, tearing through distinct conversation. Other parts out now on Midori and Rigg’s label, Holy Cheever Church.

  • christopher riggs – 0:25, 0:50 – catholic tapes

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    Extremely fascinating and ultra-minimal work from Michigan guitarist; Christopher Riggs. While equally noted for his work in projects like Graveyards and Traum, and work on his own imprint Holy Church Fever, Chris’s solo output has been nothing shy of prolific in the past few years with his unique brand of prepared and mangled guitar work that is truly his own. 0:25, 0:50 is a new exploration in minimal sounds and part of a new and ongoing series for Chris that is sure to turn heads. While working with a very minimal array of sounds, Chris constructs sparse and crooning soundscapes playing off repetitive and cylindrical movements. VERY unusual. Full color inserts, professionally printed on heavy cardstock, in an edition of 100 copies

  • trauma – calming effects of the ocean vol. 3

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    The third chapter of Trauma’s six part series (other volumes on Fag Tapes, Excite Bike, Tapeworm Tapes, Holy Cheever Church, and American Tapes) finds the Detroit duo of percussionist Ben Hall and guitarist Chris Riggs adrift in texture. Neither’s role can be distinguished; a seriously strange and pure approach. Percussive guitar and melodic drums intertwine denying all points of departure. The piece constantly advances incessantly in a blur of energy; almost non-human: like a field recording of playerless instruments outside during a rainstorm. In an edition of 100 tapes with full color cardstock covers and printed labels.