Lowered is a solo and collaborative project founded by Chris Gowers, an artist based in London, UK.
Loosely described as “acoustic drone music”, recordings explore the intricacies of tone, the subjectivity of experience and the nature of environment.
Lowered employs reductive playing processes that centre on the tonal qualities of the instruments as well as the space in which they are recorded, allowing the sounds to breathe and evolve. This is not improvised music however, and while aleatoric processes form the basis of many works, compositions are carefully developed to occupy a counterpoint between distance and control.
Recording takes place without digital effects or treatment, instead relying on experiments with microphone placement and naturally reverberant recording spaces.
The debut LP ‘Lost Seas’ sketched loose, minimal compositions based principally around piano and cello. The follow-up ‘Arche’ triptych sees a further distillation of Lowered's ascetic sonic palette by presenting 30 minute drone studies of single instruments. The first instalment, 'Arche (For Gongs)', was created from recordings of a 32" tam-tam with the percussive sounds absent, thereby stripping away any performance element of the piece to form a dense arrangement of decaying tones.
Future recordings currently being planned are the second and third instalments of the Arche series, a long-player for piano and cello as well as some collaborative works.