Full Spectrum Records is pleased to present Mueller Tunnel – an immense new work from Tasting Menu. Hailing from Los Angeles, Tasting Menu is a collaborative project featuring Cassia Streb, Cody Putman, and Full Spectrum alumnus Tim Feeney, exploring instrumental and found sound, movement, tape recorders, door frames, window panes, rainstorms, pine cones, concrete floors, and children’s cartoons.
Mueller Tunnel documents a site-specific performance that was recorded on-location within the Mueller Tunnel itself, which is located in the Angeles Mountains, roughly 20 miles north of Pasadena, California. The hundred-yard tunnel was blasted out of the middle of the mountain by the US Forest Service in 1942 to serve as a fireroad gateway to the summit of Mount Lowe. A landslide in 2009 closed the tunnel to motor vehicles, and today it is only accessible by driving to the Eaton Saddle trailhead and hiking or cycling further towards Mount Markham.
On this particular expedition, the performers hiked in with a wagon full of recording equipment and instruments strapped to their backs, accompanied by photographer Eric Basta, whose brilliant photographs of the surrounding landscape accompany the release.
The sounds they created, however, are truly astounding, as the group’s collective vibration frequently achieves a sort of primordial resonance that feels as if it were naturally emanating forth from the landscape. These are deeply intuitive performances that operate on a refined inner logic, which is thankfully documented within the ornate visual scores included in the liner notes.
released September 3, 2020
Tasting Menu is Cassia Streb, Cody Putman, and Tim Feeney
Photography by Eric Basta
Graphics by Cassia Streb
Recorded by Eric Basta and Tim Feeney
Mixied by Tim Feeney
Mastered by A.F. Jones
The cover sets the mood: this is music for taking in the soft glow of daybreak, for residing in the beauty and stillness of the morning before the stresses of work and the running of errands. The tracks get longer as if to prime you—it's hard to sit still and *be*, so Carlson and Stuart help you ease into such an unfamiliar state of mind. Joshua Minsoo Kim