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Mori, Ikue / Christian Ronn

Chordis et Machina [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

Mori, Ikue / Christian Ronn: Chordis et Machina [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (Resipiscent Records)

A sublime album contrasting the physical acoustics of upright, grand and prepared pianos with elusively slippery electronics, plus some Buchla and Serge synthesizer additions, as New York electroacoustic improviser Ikue Mori and Danish experimenter Christian Ronn meet at the Elektron Musik Studion (EMS) in Stockholm to record this wonderfully hallucinatory album.
 

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UPC: 6805692425872

Label: Resipiscent Records
Catalog ID: RSPT050
Squidco Product Code: 26731

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Elektron Musik Studion, in Stockholm, Sweden.


Personnel:

Ikue Mori-electronics

Christian Ronn-upright piano, prepare grand piano, effects, Buchla synthesizer, Serge synthesizer

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Artist Biographies:

"Ikue Mori moved from her native city of Tokyo to New York in 1977. She started playing drums and soon formed the seminal NO WAVE band DNA, with fellow noise pioneers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright. DNA enjoyed legendary cult status, while creating a new brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds; forever altering the face of rock music.

In the mid 80's Ikue started in employ drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music. While limited to the standard technology provided by the drum machine, she has never the less forged her own highly sensitive signature style. Through out in 90's She has subsequently collaborated with numerous improvisors throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while continuing to produce and record her own music. 1998, She was invited to perform with Ensemble Modern as the soloist along with Zeena Parkins, and composer Fred Frith, also "One hundred Aspects of the Moon" commissioned by Roulette/Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust. Ikue won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital Music category in 99.

In 2000 Ikue started using the laptop computer to expand on her already signature sound, thus broadening her scope of musical expression. 2000 commissioned by the KITCHEN ensemble, wrote and premired the piece "Aphorism" also awarded Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship. 2003 commissioned by RELACHE Ensemble to write a piece for film In the Street and premired in Philadelphia. Started working with visual played by the music since 2004. In 2005 Awarded Alphert/Ucross Residency.

Ikue received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2006. In 2007 the Tate Modern commissioned Ikue to create a live sound track for screenings of Maya Deren's silent films. In 2008 Ikue celebrated her 30th year in NY and performed at the Japan Society. Recent commissioners include the Montalvo Arts Center and SWR German radio program and Shajah Art foundation in UAE. Current working groups include MEPHISTA with Sylvie Courvoisier and Susie Ibarra, PHANTOM ORCHARD with Zeena Parkins, project with Koichi Makigami and various ensembles of John Zorn. New duo Twindrums project with YoshimiO  workshop/lecture in various schools include University of Gothenburg, Dartmouth Collage, New England Conservatory, Mills Collage, Stanford University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago"

-Ikue Mori Website (http://www.ikuemori.com/bio.html)
1/15/2019

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Christian Ronn: "Composer, performer, producer, organplayer - electronic music, free form, sound art, film music. Curates Spir festival. Masters in Organ from The Royal Danish Academy Of Music in Copenhagen.

I'm interested in the greyzone areas where sound breaks up and transforms into something else. The stretched out feedback just before it feeds or the battle of two frequencies fighting to dominate the aural space. The moment before the vibrating string distorts and the seconds following the release of the huge clusterchord, where energy still hangs in the air. I like to stretch out and examine "inbetween-moments" and unrecognizable states of being.

I guess this translates into the music, but not always in the most obvious fashion, even though it's definitely informing it. I aim to put light in the cracks, open up a new space, give an experience of transcendence. A journey beyond language and thinking. Ultimately."

Bands/Projects:

Christian Rønn Solo: (Churchorgan, Wurlitzer Piano, Electronics)

Christian Rønn / Ikue Mori: "Chordis et Machina" (LP-project)

Prox: With Jørgen Teller (freeform electronics/noise)

Panser: With Peter Peter (psychedelic electro/rock)

Ganga: Semi-Electronic Downtempo Soloproject

Blind Mans Band w. Claus Poulsen/Kevin Angboly (improv)

Troln: with H. Navne, H. Liebgott, T. Olsen (Cinematic Slow)

Christian Rønn / Martin Lau Duo (Voice Art/Free Electronics)

Filmscore Highlights:

Fritz Langs Metropolis. Music performed live at Roskilde Festival 2004 with Hanne Boel and Ganga Cinema Orchestra. New score in 2015, based on live-recordings from Roskilde 2004, as well as music by Brian Eno, In the Nurser, Portishead and Massive Attack. Reimagined by Ulrik Hviid and Palle Vedel.

Sergei Eisensteins Battleship Potemkin. Live Score by Christian Rønn / Peter Peter. Performed live on Roskilde Festivals Arena Stage, Metropol Stage and in Store Vega (CPH). Read reviews of the DVD in the reviewsection."

-Christian Ronn Website (http://christianronn.dk/index.html)
1/15/2019

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. Spatium Mutate 6:26

2. Beyond the Forest 6:31

3. Loch Ness 7:03

SIDE B



1. Primordial Chaos 13:27

2. The Path 4:42
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Ikue Mori and Christian Ronn are twin masters of unrule, radically attuned to time and sound, invoking the personhood of space and object, chordis et machina, as you'll soon discover once their music gets loose in your own environ.

"Endless probing that hooks into your neurons, this album leaves sonic organisms floating around you. Even if that's merely an illusion, the alchemy of Mori and Ronn's hyperactive stew is very real." -Marc Masters

Laid down at Elektron Musik Studion (EMS) in Stockholm, this is no meandering muddiness, the precision and responsiveness of their heady collaboration steps swiftly from fine grit distortions to leaky sinewaves, sweeping from the playfully melodic to the seriously xenomorphic. As prepared-piano hammers against braiding electronics, each possibility unfurls the next. Tossed out from the final groove, you'll hike up your needle and want to plunge right back in."-Recipiscent



"[...] this striking new set of five pieces by the duo of Tokyo's veteran sound manipulator Ikue Mori and Danish composer Christian Rønn. In what starts off like a carnival game of synth loops and swoops is the delightfully playful Beyond The Forest. It's as though you are the shiny ball bearing being flipped through a cosmic machine, the effects are fueled by animated sci-fi and puzzling intercommunication from an unknown source. The crackles and pops seem erratically aerated, light as a feather, and full of steam. Loch Ness begins with bells and glassy, splintered surfaces. Capturing the title of the album perfectly this sounds machine-made, but driven by human curiosity. Icy space music that has just the right sense of subtlety and remove. The pitter-patter of tiny beats along with a range of tuning channels surround the listening space with a layered experiment in progress.

On The Path they team up to create a slightly Latin-flavored sound with a bubbly castanette-like percussion and scraping micro drumming. It revs like a propeller and floats tangibly just above the surface. The instant piano intro to Primordial Chaos, the longest single work here, is quite harmonious at first after it initially barges in. As the instrument reclines to the background an assortment of crispy random effects fill the edges, and dissipate, leaving the piano melody lone until a thin layer of crystalline echoes forges itself atop the setting.

Such 'chaos' offers a twinkly of dissonant chords that break between minimal neo-contemporary and out jazz, but in doing so become distinctly other. The fusion of ecstatic electro-acoustic and other worldly sensibilities draw some resemblance to Cecil Taylor's out-of-body playing, but here in the hands of Mori, accompanied by Rønn's steady electronic manipulations it's in a brand-new tongue. It's as though the Phantom of the Opera's afterlife has risen.

The final piece here, Spatium Mutate, is delightful electronic galactic fairy tale. The elongated chords, ever-so-slight sassy effects and drone fades make for a mixed tone work that could fit square into much futuristic cinema these days. However, this jangling conclusion, is it's own quirky soundtrack, and with each slight manipulation they end in a

It's so exciting to hear this coming from the Bay Area's exciting underground 'anti-profit' label. This record leaves your senses tense, salivating, wanting...."-TJ Norris, Toneshift


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