Fourth River Vol. 1 – Fourth River: Welcome to Pittsburgh by Host Skull

The first edition of The Contraphonic Sound Series exploration of Pittsburgh.

Fourth River Vol. 1: Welcome to Pittsburgh is a twelve-minute meditation on the hidden history of the city from Host Skull, a venture from multi-instrumentalists David Bernabo and Will Dyar. Fourth River is a reference to the little-known aquifer underneath Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle district that serves as the de facto fourth river to the city’s more famous three. Host Skull creates a sonic tapestry of subdued drones, trickling vibes, and consistently steady rhythms that both echoes the forward motion of a river, and reflects on Pittsburgh’s heavy, meteoric history.

The music is accompanied by a booklet of photographs by Elizabeth Raymer Griffin’s Carnegie Mellon Alternative Photo Processes class and writing by Ben Schulman and David Bernabo.


Download the booklet here.

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