Harvey Benge & Eve de Castro-Robinson – I stayed a minute (LP)


Size: 310 x 310 mm

Pages:  32 pages

Type:  Hardcover gate-fold with LP

Edition:  Edition of 50

Publisher:  Rattle records

Year:  2015

SKU: RPB050 Category:


I stayed a minute was conceived by composer Eve de Castro-Robinson as a limited edition vinyl release in tandem with Auckland photographer, Harvey Benge. This beautiful hardbound LP/book is a highly collectible objet d’art that celebrates the talent of two of New Zealand’s most well-established and highly-regarded artists, each working at the very peak of their powers.

The two compositions on this album form a diptych for piano, voice and percussion featuring Auckland pianist, Dean Sky-Lucas. Each piece is divided into three movements with suggestive poetic titles drawn from some of Eve’s favourite writers. Both are concerned with a similar range of sonic explorations, from the ritualistic, meditative pulsing of repeated notes, to more restless and dynamic figures on the keyboard and beyond. As Eve often does in her music, the sonic palette is extended to include vocalising, percussion and interior piano.

Ring true employs metal handbell and tam-tam, while and the garden was full of voices sees the pianist whispering, crooning and chanting, as well as utilising prepared strings (CD cases on the strings). Each work is allusive rather than programmatic, conjuring the sound of bells (both literal and metaphorical), birds and voices (real and imagined).