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Toned (Corder / Suarez / Weeks): The Private Sector (Shhpuma)

Schizophrenically skronky improv of ea-cutups and semi-maniacal segments that resolve to near-stillness from the West Coast TONED trio of Nathan Corder on electronics, Leo Suarez on drums, and Tom Weeks on sax, using a nonlinear and nonhierarchical organizational process and multiple layers of compositional feedback loops to create unpredictably bizarre and overtly fun music.
 

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Nathan Corder-electronics

Leo Suarez-drums

Tom Weeks-saxophone


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UPC: 5609063800562

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH058
Squidco Product Code: 28746

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in October, 2018, by David Settle, and in Oakland, California, and Tijuana, Mexico, in March, 2019, by Nathan Corder.

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"Toned" may be an electroacoustic trio, but if the term "electroacoustic" suggests something tame from the stodgy contemporary music spectrum, be warned: "The Private Sector" is a deconstructed hellscape of what seems to be some kind of punk-jazz, with maniac "riffs" produced by digital electronics, a drumkit tirelessly assaulting your eardrums, and the cutting action of a schizophrenic alto saxophone.

You can't perceive where the established structures end and free-improvisation begins, because there's a nonlinear and nonhierarchical organizational process at work, described as a "fractal chimera, generated by multiple layers of compositional feedback loops". Because everything is submitted to a meticulous mastication of materials, corresponding to Tom Weeks', Nathan Corder's and Leo Suarez's "distrust in the canons of present-day art forms and commonly ingested sound principles", even what you vaguely identify as punk (the attitude) and as jazz (the sound) is devoured by the procedures, resulting in a musical praxis you have certainly never heard before..."-Shhpuma


Artist Biographies

"Nathan Corder composer, performer, sound artist

Nathan Corder is an Oakland-based composer of works for electronics, objects, and arrays of people.

Active as a composer and improviser on custom designed electronics and guitar, Corder has collaborated with artists such as Roscoe Mitchell, Jaap Blonk, Tatsuya Nakatani, and William Winant. His discography has been released on Shhpuma (Cleanfeed), Flaming Pines, Amalgam, SEAMUS Records, Noise Pelican, and Coup Sur Coup.

Nathan's music has been honored and programmed at events such as the International Symposium of New Music (Brazil), Le festival International des Arts Sonores EXHIBITRONIC (Strasbourg), MUSLAB (Mexico City), Echofluxx (Czech Republic), mise-en music festival, NUNC!3, NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, N_SEME, Root Signals, the Yarn/Wire Institute, and SEAMUS. He received the Elizabeth Mills Crothers Award for music composition in 2018 from Mills College. In 2014, Nathan was awarded the Allen Strange Memorial award from SEAMUS.

Corder holds an MFA in Electronic Music & Recording Media from Mills College, where he studied with Roscoe Mitchell, John Bischoff, Maggi Payne, Chris Brown, and James Fei. He also holds degrees in composition (BM) and philosophy (BA) from the University of South Florida, where he studied composition and theory with Paul Reller, Baljinder Sekhon, and Ciro Scotto, and has studied composition at UC Berkeley with Ken Ueno, and privately with Ellen Fullman."

-Nathan Corder Website (https://nathancorder.com/)
7/10/2024

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Leo Suarez is an American drummer based in Tampa, Florida, known for the groups Carnivorous Bells, Meatwound, Primate Research, Toned, and his own solo performances.

-Squidco 7/10/2024

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"Tom Weeks is a composer, improviser, and saxophonist from Oakland, CA. He has received a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and a Master's degree in Composition from Mills College, Oakland, CA. He has studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, W.A. Mathieu, Steve Adams, Richard Evans, and Phil Wilson, among others. His music is influenced by various African-American musical traditions, the historical avant-garde, and the heavy metal and hardcore traditions; utilizing improvisation, extended techniques, and traditional and experimental notational practices. He has worked with musicians such as Alvin Curran, Makoto Kawabata, Ricardo Descalzo, The MolOt Ensemble, Jack Wright, Arrington De Dionyso, Hans Koch, Walter Thompson, Vinny Golia, William Winant, G. Calvin Weston, members of the ROVA saxophone quartet, and Henry Kaiser, among many others. In addition to leading the bands Ero Guro and BEER, as well as performing with the ensemble TONED, his frequent collaborators include Camille Emaille, Nathan Corder, gabby fluke-mogul, and Kevin Murray."

-Tom Weeks Website (http://tomweeksmusic.com/bio)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Hostile Environment 5:12

2. Ideas in Action 3:56

3. Solares 1:43

4. Spirit and Teeth-Toned 6:08

5. The Private Sector- 5:54

6. Alvin-Toned 1:46

7. Internal Affairs 3:07

8. Executive Buffet 9:18

9. Cowards 5:46

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
West Coast/Pacific US Jazz
Trio Recordings
New in Experimental & Electronic Music

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