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The Gramophone Newsletter Video of the Day: Sandbox Percussion & Matt McBane

By Hattie Butterworth

Sandbox Percussion & Matt McBane perform 'Groundswell' from their latest album 'Bathymetry', released on November 4, which draws on various strains of classical minimalism and modern electronic music production.

Grammy-nominated percussion quartet Sandbox Percussion’s latest collaboration with composer Matt McBane introduces the world of analog synthesizer through their album, Bathymetry, released on 4 November. It draws on various strains of classical minimalism and modern electronic music production, taking influence the world of YouTube ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) and ambient modular synth.

An initial single ‘Groundswell’ is available to watch below, scored for two drum sets (panned left and right), Moog analog synthesizer, vibraphone, and tam-tam. Over the track’s 7 minutes, according to the artists ‘two big waves of sound are formed as layers of interlocking patterns of cycling polymeters build up and then recede in an ecstatic meditation’.

The word 'bathymetry' essentially means 'the surface of the ocean floor', and the bass synthesizer interacts with the treble percussion in a way reminiscent of how the ocean floor shapes the waves passing above. The album was composed and produced, and the synthesizer was performed by Matt McBane, the percussion was performed by Sandbox Percussion, and the album was recorded and mixed by Joseph Branciforte.

This album is the follow-up to Sandbox Percussion’s 2021 twice Grammy-nominated, and Pulitzer Prize finalist album with Andy Akiho, ‘Seven Pillars’.

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A new album for percussion and analog synthesizer by Matt McBane with Sandbox Percussion

November 4, 2022 on Cantaloupe Music

First single and video ‘Groundswell’ released September 23

Record release performance: December 16, 2022, National Sawdust tickets


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