Studies: Rothko

by Ruhe + Lee Chapman




format: c30 cassette
edition: 100
runtime: 29min 20sec
label: cfatapes & Unknown Tone Records

"an intercontinental collaboration between myself and my dear friend lee chapman, who currently resides in latvia.

i had the privilege of seeing mark rothko's paintings at the portland art museum a couple years ago. i was so affected by the experience that i went home and created some music in response to residual thoughts and feelings. 'untitled, 1969' was born.

strangely enough, latvia opened the mark rothko art center in april 2013. lee, by this time already a good friend of mine, acquired a print of one of rothko's paintings and hung it above his piano.

unbeknownst to me, lee also created a piece of music in response to his experience with one of rothko's paintings, 'light red over black.'

imagine our surprise when we discovered that we both had created "music for rothko" - a wonderful coincidence!; it only seemed right to collaborate and create one additional "response," and to release the three songs as a set." -


released December 1, 2016

All sounds by Bryan Ruhe and Lee Chapman.
Released on CFA tapes & Unknown Tone Records
Artwork by Bryan Ruhe



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Lee Chapman UK

Lee Chapman is a self taught composer and musician of his own music from the North West of England, working in the fields of ethereal, organic and accidental compositions.

His sound is mainly based upon few instrumentation to create large yet delicate sounds using live analog and digital processing aswell as environmental found sounds from travelling.
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