Marginal Movements

 

Marginal Movements: Introduction

Marginal Movements was a series of ten paintings.  Integral to the paintings were ten musical movements, eight pieces written specifically for the paintings, plus two established works chosen for their affinity to the overall concept. 

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Shimmerous


Shimmerous

Acrylic on gessoed board
42" x 42" (107cm x 107cm)

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Listen to SHIMMEROUS 
Written and performed by Neal Williams.

A first impression of water is often the fact that it shimmers, therefore, an appropriate introduction to the shows water theme. It's astonishing that the very first musical work that Neal Williams
sent me has become the first on the cd too ... it just had to be called "Shimmerous". a great opening track to glimpse what's about to come, as well as lots of space and dappled hints of water ... so peaceful.

Written and performed by Neal Williams.
Instruments; synth, electric guitar, reversed guitar, banjo, harp.

NEAL WILLIAMS born in Atlanta, GA USA and took up music at a very early age, playing the violin at 13 He played bass in a jazz band, before moving into more experimental music, a multiinstrumentalist playing guitar, bass, drums, banjo,piano,bells and electronics. Most of the work for Marginal Movements was close miked in his small extra bedroom in Atlanta. Neal and William have never met, though their ideas have become reality via the internet, while working together on Neal's new cd cover painting "Possible Selves"

Les Baricades Mystérieuses



Les Baricades Mystérieuses

Acrylic on gessoed board
42" x 42" (107cm x 107cm)

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Listen to Les Baricades Mystérieuses.


Sometimes the water looks like tea, rich in colour and full of mystery. Penelope Caves harpsichord gave just the right feel for this aspect of the painting, I was looking for the dignity that comes from something of long standing, a mature river banks edge, deep shadowy forms, with all the allure for a little boys net The elegance of this piece by François Couperin speaks for itself, full of watery mystery.

LES BARICADES MISTERIEUSES. Written by François Couperin (1668-1733), and performed by Penelope Cave.

PENELOPE CAVE is a pnze winning harps ichordist who has given recitals in the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and many concerts and festivals in Britain and Europe. She has recorded for Hyperion Records, Eagle, Pace Recordings, Naxos, and given solo broadcasts for Belgian Radio, Classic FM, and BBC Radio 3. She was married to the instrument maker the late Michael Heale.

 

 

Rippled Sundance

Acrylic on gessoed board
42" x 42" (107cm x 107cm)

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Listen to RIPPLED SUNDANCE

Real Stefan Knapp painting power this one, a big time gradation of colour struggles to soften the blow. No surprise that Malcolms “Dance” tempo was chosen, a bright, strident number with plenty to say, yet, there is a link with how the sounds build in the form of a gradation, and it remains essentially minimal.

Written and performed by Malcolm Dunn. Instruments; Keyboards, Synthesizers.

MALCOLM DUNN has been working in the music industry for over 25 years, and was a music producer for Stiff Records London, from 1981-1988. He was recording electronic music long before it became fashionable, despite several top 40 hits and numerous appearances on TOTP he maintains he is still not fashionable. So what.

Running Water

Acrylic on gessoed board
42" x 42" (107cm x 107cm)

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Listen to RUNNING WATER

Literal running water is so calming and appealing, we often want it to go on and on. Certain guitar solos have that wonderful quality too, as Don's certainly has. However this piece is the literal marginal movement, it has to be a short statement, a marginal one, it seems the only way to present such a huge concept - the imagination does the rest.

RUNNING WATER written and performed by Don Hooley. Instruments; Guitar (1974 Fender Stratocaster) an excerpt from his CD “Running Water Tributes & Blues” November 1999.

DON HOOLEY (1950 - 2013). In 1963 he purchased his first acoustic guitar in Woolworths for £5. During the late 60s he played with Potential Blues, and later The Ivory Bath Band. He went on to form Dithers a band of local legend in and around Surrey. His CD “Running Water Tributes and Blues” contains some of his finest compositions, and provides an insight into the diversity of his musical styles.

Rhododendroned

Acrylic on gessoed board
42" x 42" (107cm x 107cm)

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Listen to RHODODENDRONED

I recall a very grey, uneventful day by a lake surrounded by Rhododendrons, suddenly, the sun came out and the entire scene was truly transformed. It was one of those moments, for a few precious minutes this was spectacular - glorious pinks and greens, and I was the only person there. This painting grasps at the feeling, likewise the music has an elation that does its best to emerge from the grey. Yet no matter how pleased I may be with the finished piece, this is one of those occasions when the title, and the memory will always be the best.

RHODODENDRONED. Written and performed by William Neal. Instruments; Piano, Roland G800 Workstation.

WILLIAM NEAL does not read music, has an obscure sense of timing, and is prone to playing the wrong note twice, to make it sound intentionaL He played in a blues band in the 1960s, and after learning 3 chords wanted to turn professional. During the 1970s he played with Don Hooley, and although he arrived late at the wrong venue, they remained on very good speaking terms. After many years of absence from the music scene, Marginal Movements sees him playing the piano once more with the enthusiasm of a three year old. The Harmonica is really his forte - sadly there are no harmonica parts in Marginal Movements.

Velvet Shadows

Acrylic on gessoed board
42" x 42" (107cm x 107cm)

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Listen to VELVET SHADOWS

The depth of this work has made the show for me, with many more paintings to come along this fascinating mood. It just had to make the cover of the brochure, its one of my all time favourites. Malcolm's shifting sounds are so right, shafts of recurring chords, a big sound with a gentle flow. .. just right.

VELVET SHADOWS written and performed by Malcolm Dunn. Instruments; Keyboards, Synthesizers additional keyboards William Neal.

MALCOLM DUNN has been working in the music industry for over 25 years, and was a music producer for Stiff Records London, from 1981- 1988. He was recording electronic music long before it became fashionable, despite several top 40 hits and numerous appearances on TOTP he maintains he is still not fashionable. So what.

Sylvan Droplets

Acrylic on gessoed board
42" x 42" (107cm x 107cm)

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Listen to SYLVAN DROPLETS

This is another in the “Velvet Shadows” mode, a silvery mist changing with random droplets from an overhanging tree. Just maybe you had to have been a fisherman to know what the changing reflections do to your eyes when you are intently focused on one spot.  Neal Williams is very fond of using “Reverb” and “Delay” throughout Marginal Movements - it is of great importance within this hazy composition, a relevence you can't quite explain yet you would miss it if it wasn’t there. We are back to fisherman’s eyes again.

SYLVAN DROPLETS written and performed by Neal Williams. Instruments; synth, bongos, bells, banjo, guitar.

NEAL WILLIAMS was born in Atlanta, GA USA and took up music at a very early age, playing the violin at 13. He played bass in a jazz band, before moving into more experimental music, a multi instrumentalist playing guitar, bass, drums, banjo, piano, bells and electronics. Most of the work for Marginal Movements was close miked in his small extra bedroom in Atlanta. Neal and William have never met, though their ideas have become reality via the internet, while working together on Neal’s new cd cover painting “Possible Selves”.

Curved Light

Acrylic on gessoed board
42" x 42" (107cm x 107cm)

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Listen to CURVED LIGHT

Its good to bend the rule of light travelling in straight lines isn’t it This is the visual arts taking the upper hand and me bending the rules imagewise and soundwise. Here, the exhibition's theme puts on a bit of a strut and ... its play time.

CURVED LIGHT (A MARGINAL VARIATION ). Written and performed by William Neal. Instruments; Keyboards, Roland G800 Workstation.

WILLIAM NEAL does not read music, has an obscure sense of timing, and is prone to playing the wrong note twice, to make it sound intentionaL He played in a blues band in the 1960s, and after learning 3 chords wanted to turn professional. During the 1970s he played with Don Hooley, and although he arrived late at the wrong venue, they remained on very good speaking terms. After many years of absence from the music scene, Marginal Movements sees him playing the piano once more with the enthusiasm of a three year old. The Harmonica is really his forte, sadly. there are no harmonica parts in Marginal Movements.

Electric Pondlife

Acrylic on gessoed board
42" x 42" (107cm x 107cm)

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Listen to ELECTRIC PONDLIFE

This has to be the Boogie world of diatoms. Much of Marginal Movements could have gone this way from the painterly aspect, it does have a certain humour too. Neal Williams can embrace so many moods, this time its almost clockwork, gyratory, toys, Disney and yes, Pond life caught by surprise.

ELECTRIC PONDLIFE. Written and performed by Neal Williams. Instruments; acoustic guitar, harp, electric guitar, tin can, synth.

NEAL WILLIAMS was born in Atlanta, GA USA and took up music at a very early age, playing the violin at 13. He played bass in a jazz band, before moving into more experimental music, a multi instrumentalist playing guitar, bass, drums, banjo, piano, bells and electronics. Most of the work for Marginal Movements was close miked in his small extra bedroom in Atlanta. Neal and William have never met, though their ideas have become reality via the internet, while working together on Neal’s new CD cover painting “Possible Selves”.

Goldfish

Acrylic on gessoed board
42" x 42" (107cm x 107cm)

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Listen to GOLDFISH

Who is to say from a painterly point of view, that I have placed the goldfish to advantage or not within the composition.  They belong wherever they please within the confines of a pond and look just right. Therefore, I have a liberating painting experience, a childlike freedom to enjoy their motionless grace, or flashes of light darting like fireworks. It's pure enjoyment of painting with nobody to tell you off. This is essentially the spirit of Goldfish and Marginal Movements, the piano has a certain dignified structure, yet remains within the realms of an introduction, childlike again, though this time, its sleepy time, time. Mussorgsky's, “Pictures at an Exhibition” had a wonderful recurring promenade, I just had to have one too, as a theme, and within the ambience of the show itself.

GOLDFISH ( A MARGINAL CONCLUSION ). Written and performed by William Neal. Instruments; piano, Roland G800 Workstation.

WILLIAM NEAL does not read music, has an obscure sense of timing, and is prone to playing the wrong note twice, to make it sound intentionaL He played in a blues band in the 1960s, and after learning 3 chords wanted to turn professional. During the 1970s he played with Don Hooley, and although he arrived late at the wrong venue, they remained on very good speaking terms. After many years of absence from the music scene, Marginal Movements sees him playing the piano once more with the enthusiasm of a three year old. The Harmonica is really his forte, sadly. there are no harmonica parts in marginal movements.

Marginal Movements Foundation Print

This early work would later lead to the Marginal Movements series.

Giclee print (archival quality inks on archival grade fine art paper) 22" x 15": edition of 500 copies.
Print only: £95 incl p&p UK.  (For outside the UK please contact the Studio.)

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Marginal Movements Triptich Print

This popular triple print from the Marginal Movements series is still available.

Giclee print (archival quality inks on archival grade fine art paper) 8" x 5": edition of 500 copies.
Print only: £35 incl p&p UK.  (For outside the UK please contact the Studio.)

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