Slowfoot Records presents Oren Marshall's groundbreaking album for solo electric tuba. Inspired by a dream, the composition traces Spedy Sponda's journey to enlightenment, mirrored by Oren's ongoing search for strategies to unlock the potential of his instrument. When asked to describe his sound Oren replied, "...a contemporary classical ambient space heavy metal experimental improvised folk blues".
The first of a planned five part cycle, Spedy Sponda explores the unique live setup Oren has developed, and captures the range and intensity of his solo performances.
Oren uses the tuba to trigger electronic sounds and loops with the aid of a selection of effects pedals. Part of the piece also involves the connection and simultaneous playing of 5 tubas spread around the room, connected by rubber tubing- a sort of surround sound tuba scape.
"A tour de force for tuba, one man's mission to go where no tuba player has gone before" [The Guardian]
"The best avant-tuba record of the year. So far" [Stewart Lee- The Sunday Times]
"Imagine Maher Shalal Hash Baz and Ingram Marshall soundtracking an episode of Bagpuss scripted by Dylan Thomas and you're halfway there" [The Wire]
"This way out galactic music is definitely the future for jazz" [DJ Magazine]
"You ain't never heard nothing like this" [Undercover Magazine]
"Carefully constructed and gorgeously realized, "Introduction to the Story of Spedy Sponda" is a work that has no equals in the world of solo playing today." [Gaz-eta]
Composed and performed by -
Oren Marshall - tuba and electronics