Amalgam Records, June 2020 - With Mabel Kwan, Eli Namay, Adam Shead
"The music of Fifth Season, in particular, enables active collaboration and creativity through setting up improvised contexts via narrative text. By using long-form prose descriptions of gestures and textures, the forms of the music are guided yet open-ended, and content is constantly made anew in the moment."
"Ben makes noises in Chicago. He has been sleeping on these ones for some time. Or rather, they have been sleeping. A Microkorg, gradually gaining awareness of coming catastrophe, sighed in its bones and rattles crackled out with the long sweep of coronal flares. Like its cosmic older sibling, they aspire to create disruptions in fields, growing until its desire to consume and ripple and distort and overwhelm is no longer a negation but a dense affirmation too thick and unstratified to be contained in life as we know it, so that the digital air catches fire."
"Thinking about a piece of music for months and then producing it in a few days in a small explosion? Honestly, that’s how I work often, too often. But here, I’ve delved into softwares I’ve either recently built or used, and dug into my own personal archives of sounds of the world to instrumentalize them. It’s a time-honored tradition but one that never seems to exhaust itself, for there is so much world and so much to do and grow in it."
"...he tips the hat to Kenneth Gaburo’s system of ‘compositional linguistics’ and goes in a decidedly different direction. Drawing upon experience as a choral and improvisational singer, o ur gab is less a solo vocal album than an album of mouth music." (ATTN: Magazine)
"A combination of live and digital artistry, Confluere is composer Ben Zucker’s dynamic exploration of simultaneity: one month of improvised recordings layered together without edits. The resulting recording is rich with unexpected concurrences and potent juxtapositions, a work that is both meditative and melodically rich."