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Remote Viewers, The: Let the City Sleep (Remote Viewers)

Restricted by pandemic, bassist John Edwards took compositions for Remote Viewers written by Dave Petts along with recordings from himself and saxophonists Caroline Kraabel, Sue Lynch, Adrian Northover & David Petts, using digital compositional methods to maintain Petts' concepts while manipulating and inverting each piece in wonderfully riotous and unexpected ways.
 

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John Edwards-electronics, double bass

Caroline Kraabel-alto saxophone

Sue Lynch-tenor saxophone

Adrian Northover-sporano saxophone

David Petts-tenor saxophone


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UPC: 752725043823

Label: Remote Viewers
Catalog ID: RV 17
Squidco Product Code: 29822

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: UK
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded from June to August, 2020.

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"These compositions began life as pieces written by Petts for various instrumental combinations, mostly focussed around reed instruments and double bass. 'The Moviegoer' for example was originally scored for four saxophones, marimba and piano, 'The Gift' for saxophones, percussion, piano and bass.

In normal times we would have rehearsed these pieces with the allotted instruments, maybe played some concerts and then recorded. But, circumstances this year meant there was no way to get musicians together for rehearsals, much less perform concerts. And so the idea arose for Edwards to take the original scores as a starting point, re-work them using computer and electronic based sounds and arrive at different musical conclusions.

Working digitally afforded the possibility to run riot with them. Sections were cut up and thrown away, instrumentation changed, tempos and parts re-written, some pieces were inverted, sounds manipulated out of all recognition and the use of sampled sound sources enabled saxophone parts to be played by vacuum cleaners and fridge sounds; a whole score could be played by harp or car horns.

Even though the results sound completely unlike their original form, through the lens of Edwards' disruptive influence, Petts' writing can still clearly be heard."-Remote Viewers



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"After taking up the bass, around 1987, John Edwards co-formed The Pointy Birds who went on to win awards for their music for The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs dance troupes. The group appeared at festivals in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Moers, Leverkusen, Copenhagen. Around 1990, Edwards played his first gigs with London improvisers such as Roger Turner, Lol Coxhill, Maggie Nicols, Phil Minton.

Between 1990 and 1995 Edwards was a member of three touring groups simultaneously: B-Shops For The Poor, The Honkies and GOD. During this period he also became an increasingly regular player on the London improvised music scene and performed his first solo gigs; he composed and performed music theatre with the bass and cello duo The Great Explorers, street-busked a lot and appeared at many more festivals in Germany, Estonia, France, Italy, Czech, etc.

Since 1995 John Edwards has become a "mainstay" of the London scene, playing with just about everybody, an activity that has seen him clocking up between 150 and 200 gigs a year. He has become regular player with Evan Parker, in many groupings, and with Tony Bevan, Veryan Weston, and Elton Dean, often in collaboration with Mark Sanders on percussion. He has become a more frequent player on the European (and festival) scene, appearing at Taktlos, Ulrichsburg, Nickelsdorf, Budapest, New Zealand and in the USA. He continues to work on solo performances."

-EFI (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/medwards.html)
6/19/2024

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"Caroline Kraabel (born 1961 in Torrance, California) is a London-based American composer, improviser and saxophonist. She is known for her research into the implications of electricity related to recording, synthesis and amplification.

After living in Seattle, Kraabel moved to London while in her teenage years, at the end of the punk era.[1] There she took up the saxophone and became active in London's improvised music scene, eventually developing a style based on the physicality of the instrument, extended techniques and acoustics. She has performed solo and collaborated with John Edwards, Veryan Weston,[2] Charlotte Hug, Maggie Nicols,[3] Phil Hargreaves, and the London Improvisors Orchestra[4] among others. She has also organized and conducted pieces for Mass Producers-a 20-piece, all-female saxophone/voice orchestra[5] and for Saxophone Experimentals in Space-a 55-piece group of young saxophonists, as well as with her two children during walks through the streets of London.

Recordings include Transitions with Maggie Nichols and Charlotte Hug,[6] Five Shadows with Veryan Weston, Performances for Large Saxophone Ensemble 1 and 2 and Performances for Large Saxophone Ensemble 3 and 4 with Mass Producers and a solo work Now We Are One Two.

Caroline Kraabel has been hosting a weekly radio show on London's Resonance FM[7] and is the editor for the London Musicians Collective's magazine Resonance."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Kraabel)
6/19/2024

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"Sue Lynch runs 'The Horse Improvised Music Club' with Adam Bohman and Hutch Demouilpied. www.horseimprovclub.wordpress.com/.Since 2014, The horse has been based at IKLECTIK Art Lab, so this and other projects have been in conjunction with Eduard Solaz. Lynch is currently a member of David Petts-'Remote Viewers',with John Edwards, Mark Sanders, Caroline Kraabel , Adrian Northover and David Petts. She also performs with Adam Bohman, Eddie Prevost,Hutch Demouilpied,Richard Sanderson,Steve Noble and Sharon Gal. Sue Lynch is organiser and arranger for Hogcallin' a Mingus tribute ensemble, performing at the London 2016 Jazz Festival.

In 2015 she performed with Maria Vatentina's opera 'Mannequin'. She has recently performed as part of Tarek Atoui's 'Reverse Collection' at The Tate Modern, with Pat Thomas,Mark Harwood, Angharad Davies + Luke Younger. Sue Lynch is currently one of the featured musicians in Julie Kjaer's Interviews with Female Musicians on The London Improv Scene for The British Music Collection."

-Sue Lynch Website (https://suelynch.wordpress.com/)
6/19/2024

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"ADRIAN NORTHOVER - saxophones, Played and recordings with B Shops for the Poor, The Remote Viewers, Sonicphonics (with Billy Bang), The London Improvisers Orchestra, Ensemble Trip-Tik, Anna Homler, Ricardo Tejero, The Custodians, Sabu Toyozumi, Terry Day, Tristan Honsinger and JJ Duerinckx ,duo CDŐs with Adam Bohman, Tasos Stamou, Daniel Thompson and others. Current projects include ÔHard EvidenceŐ with John Edwards and Steve Noble, playing the music of Thelonious Monk, Vladimir MillerŐs Notes from Underground, ÔHogcallinŐ - a septet playing the music of Charles Mingus, and a trio with Marcio Mattos and Marilza Gouvea. This year (2016) has also seen collaborations with Neil Metcalfe(flute), Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (voice), Vladimir Tarasov (drums), and Marcello Magliocchi (drums) and Daniel Thompson(guitar). Adrian is also involved with Indian music (Jazz Thali ) and works with live music for film (Ensemble Kino)."

-Adrian Norhover Website (http://www.adriannorthover.co.uk/Marchtrio.html)
6/19/2024

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UK saxophonist David Petts is the leader and composer of The Remote Viewers, releasing more than 15 albums since 1999.

6/19/2024

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Track Listing:



1. The Moviegoer 8:32

2. File 1 - Lynch 3:25

3. The Guest 3:36

4. File 2 - Kraabel 4:16

5. Falling Beams 4:01

6. File 3 - Edwards 4:43

7. Sight-Seeing the Ruins (Part 1) 3:14

8. Let The City Sleep 5:03

9. File 4 - Northover 3:17

10. Distant Glimpse 3:42

11. File 5 - Petts 2:10

12. Porch View 8:15

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