TPP Catalog – DAVID TOLLEY Solo releases

The TPP CD Collection features predominantly Melbourne based composer/performers, in an extraordinary variety of improvised music events concentrating on what David coined in 1993, “Spontaneously Performed Interactive Composition”.

Most TPP recording and all TPP production and design is undertaken by David.

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A few comments on my solo music
“The documentation of my solo work begins with JUST THERE. The bass violin, my primary instrument, has had to tolerate and accommodate my interest in electronically produced sound processes since the 60’s when I first attached various processing devices to it. I am still up to the same tricks which I am in the process of writing about in detail but suffice here to say that long hours at the computer (nothing much has changed since then in this respect) produced JUST THERE.

The 80’s were reclusive years for me and the introspective journey continued with the QUIESCENT SUITES. I finally moved out of this phase with a renewed interest in the bass and an entirely different concept of ensemble music – Spontaneously Compoosed Interactive Performance.

Technical note: “All the 80’s period of ‘electronic’ music was composed on a PC based system built around the early DAW composing/mixing/MIDI software PERSONAL COMPOSER using a variety of external YAMAHA 816 and 81Z FM hardware voice modules.”

DT June 2012

JUST THERE, 1984, TPP1015
This is composed electronic work. It is a collection of song-shaped pieces which developed like a post-produced diary; they became a catharsis, a closure to my 1970’s ‘struggle for identity’. They were a highly orchestrated (musically), electronically generated, commentary on my experience as a young bass player working in the small ensemble arena

QUIESCENT Suites 1:2, 1988/89, TPP1005
These two QUIESCENT SUITES are composed electronic works produced from a meditational perspective. They are not ‘new-age’ but are constructed with a  predominance of overlaid pulse and drone based sequences


QUIESCENT Suites 2:21988/89, 2:2, TP

BASSic PREMISE, 1996, TPP1010
This work is entirely improvised andy results from a concern of mine  in the early 90’s with the fusion of electronic sound and the sonic possibilities of the bass violin. I was particularly excited around this time with a newly acquired 6 string bass violin designed and built by Neville Whitehead to my specifications. A conventional bass violin, another Neville Whitehead masterpiece, also gets a look in for the first time along with some phrase sampling.

FINGERED, 1997, TPP023
This features the unique, semi-acoustic six string Whitehead bass violin in conduction with various Digital processing devices including phrase sampling. The four string version of this bass was designed by Neville with scaled down proportions for touring but has a surprising resonance and tone quality. This music is totally improvised.

A TICKLE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, 2000-01, TPP1008
I play the four string conventional Whitehead bass violin with some phrase sampling. The music is totally improvised but several pieces were manipulated in post-production…  several tracks were overlaid without reference to each other…. a random superimposition


ACCUMULATION, eight self portraits – sound drawings, 2003,  TPP1007

ReGENERATIONSeries.
This series is the result of work in-progress. It is a revisiting of the electronic sphere, began in 2006 with work on the development of a laptop generated improvisational system based around ABLETON LIVE, controlled with various MIDI hardware controllers including an AKKAI APC-40. This move back to electronics was precipitated by Parkinson’s which at that time, prior to a regime of medication, prevented me playing my beloved basses

Vol 1, 2009, TPP1011
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Vol 2, 2009-10, TPP1012
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Vol 3, 2010, TPP1013
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Vol 4, 2010, TPP1014
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Vol 5, 2011, TPP1016
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