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Pip. (Rasten / Larsen): Pip. (Creative Sources)

"On "Pip", we get another fabulous performance, now by Norwegians Fredrik Rasten on guitar and Torstein Lavik Larsen on trumpet. Their acoustic music is minimal, repetitive, slow and with an eery intensity. It is less dark than some of...
 

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UPC: 5609063403480

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs348
Squidco Product Code: 23866

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Kampen Church, Oslo, Norway, on September 17th and 18th 2015, by Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard.

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"On "Pip", we get another fabulous performance, now by Norwegians Fredrik Rasten on guitar and Torstein Lavik Larsen on trumpet. Their acoustic music is minimal, repetitive, slow and with an eery intensity. It is less dark than some of the other albums, with Lavik Larsen's trumpet once in a while, as on "Park", even giving joyful phrases somewhat reminiscent of Rob Mazurek, yet these are more contrasts that do not change the overall tone of inevitability, doom and agony that permeates the music. Dissonance is searched for at other times, as in the weird "Habitat", sounding like animals screeching in the bush, more in distress than enjoying nature. It isn't cheerful music, but the simple quality of the compositions/improvisations and the control in the delivery are absolutely excellent. It's amazing what you can do with two acoustic instruments. That by itself is part of the listening experience."-Stef, Free Jazz Collective


Artist Biographies

Fredrik Rasten, guitarist / improviser / composer "I am a Norwegian guitarist (b. 1988) working in the field of experimental music, both improvised and composed. My main focuses are exploring and utilizing the acoustic possibilities of the steel string guitar, motivated by a fascination for the almost tactile experiences of acoustic phenomena. The last months I have been working extensively with intonation, with an extended concept of consonance as a point of departure, both in solo work and in duos with trumpeter Torstein Lavik Larsen and bass player Jonathan Heilbron. I have also had the lucky opportunity to take lessons in this field with composer and violist Catherine Lamb.

Other music that I am inspired by includes wandelweiser music, traditional british folk and early music."



"Fredrik Rasten works with acoustic guitar and in exploring the possibilities for putting this instrument in new musical contexts. With extensive use of preparations and different non-tempered tunings, he creates warm sounds in gradual development. He also includes subtle use of the voice to make interfering thick timbres and tonalities in combination with the guitar. A goal for the music is to open a room for details that invites the listener inside the musical material in an active and exploring way.

He is also playing composed music, especially related to quiet / Wandelweiser music and Just Intonation music, and has performed pieces by Johan Lindvall, Antoine Beuger and Catherine Lamb."

-Fredrik Rasten Website (http://fredrikrasten.com/)
7/10/2024

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"Torstein Lavik Larsen is a trumpet player and composer based in Oslo, Norway, mostly working with experimental jazz and free improvised music. Born in 1989 and educated at NTNU Jazzlinja in Trondheim."

-Torstein Lavik Larsen Website (Torstein Lavik Larsen)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Sending 3:10

2. Pause 4:32

3. Park 10:10

4. Habitat 3:28

5. Fly 3:32

6. Signal 4:41

7. Land 3:04

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Creative Sources
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
lowercase, reductionist, micro-improv, sound improv, onkyo sound
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Duo Recordings

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