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lowercase, reductionist, micro-improv, sound improv, onkyo sound


 
Altenburger / Blondy / Gauguet: vers l'ile paresseuse Altenburger / Blondy / Gauguet:
vers l'ile paresseuse

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Incredible understated improvisation from the trio of cellist Martine Altenburger, pianist Frederic Blondy,and saxophonist Bertrand Gauguet, exceptional journeys from three accomplished players.

AVVA (Nakamura, Toshimaru / Roisz, Billy): Gdansk Queen [DVD] AVVA (Nakamura, Toshimaru / Roisz, Billy):
Gdansk Queen [DVD]

(erstwhile -- USA )

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Beuger, Antoine / Konzert Minimal: The Berlin Series No. 5: tschirtner tunings for twelve Beuger, Antoine / Konzert Minimal:
The Berlin Series No. 5: tschirtner tunings for twelve

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A beautiful and delicate long-form composition by Wandelweiser founder Antoine Beuger, exquisitely interpreted by the Berlin ensemble Konzert Minimal, which includes among others Lucio Capece, Johnny Chang, Catherine Lamb, Michael Thieke and Koen Nutters.

Beuger, Antoine: Cantor Quartets [2 CDs] Beuger, Antoine:
Cantor Quartets [2 CDs]

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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A double CD presenting 4 pages from Antoine Beuger 2003 composition which ingeniously adapts the musical form of the round to Wandelweiser music in a beautiful recording in a church in Oxfordshire, UK from June 2012.

Bleak House: Dark Poetry Bleak House:
Dark Poetry

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The Norwegian free-improvising trio of prepared pianist Dag-Filip Roaldsnes, alto saxophonist Kim-Erik Pedersen, and percussionist Tore Sandbakken in 14 darkly graceful and succinct works.

Capece / Patterson: empty matter Capece / Patterson:
empty matter

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Amplified objects artist Lee Patterson and reed player Lucio Capece, also on the sruti box, in 8 rich and slowly paced "empty" works that create mysterious timbral environments.

Charbin / Van Isacker: kryscraft Charbin / Van Isacker:
kryscraft

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Tense and subtle improvisation from the Belgian duo of pianist Marjolaine Charbin playing inside and out of the piano and alto saxophonist Frans van Isacker using microtonal and extended approaches with the sax.

Chulki, Hong  / Ryu Hankil: Objets Infernaux Chulki, Hong / Ryu Hankil:
Objets Infernaux

(erstwhile -- USA )

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A collaboration between two Seoul, South Korean sound artists--Hong Chulki and Ryu Hankil--both performing on no-input mixer & objects for an album of electronic, glitch and sputtering sound with an extreme dynamic range and twisted purpose.

Davies / Doneda / Martin / Minton / Patterson: Midhopestones Davies / Doneda / Martin / Minton / Patterson:
Midhopestones

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Four extraordinary improvisations by musicians spanning 3 countries and 3 generations, a dark, brooding, swirling music from a remarkably tight and unified ensemble.

Davies, Angharad / Axel Dorner: A.D. Davies, Angharad / Axel Dorner:
A.D.

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Incredible, understated improvisation from two masters of the form - Axel Dorner on trumpet and Angharad Davies on violin - in three commanding tracks of atmospheric momentum.

Davies, Angharad and Cremaster (Monteiro / Fages): Pluie Fine Davies, Angharad and Cremaster (Monteiro / Fages):
Pluie Fine

(Potlatch -- France )

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The collaboration between the electroacoustic duo of Cremaster (Ferran Fages and Alfredo Costa Monteiro) and violinist Angharad Davies, mixing contemporary electronics with long-form minimalist drone music.

Dogmatics, The (Abrahams / Fagachinski): The Sacrifice For The Music Became Our Lifestyle [VINYL] Dogmatics, The (Abrahams / Fagachinski):
The Sacrifice For The Music Became Our Lifestyle [VINYL]

(Monotype -- Poland )

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The duo of pianist Chris Abrahams (The Necks) and clarinetist Kai Fagaschinksi (The Magic I.D.) in an improvised album of open works that take unusual twists and turns in sonic subtleties.

Dorgon vs. Greg Kelley: Three Occasions Dorgon vs. Greg Kelley:
Three Occasions

(Jumbo -- USA )

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Dorner / Rodrigues / Guerreiro / Momeme: Fabula Dorner / Rodrigues / Guerreiro / Momeme:
Fabula

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A live recording from Portugal's Cine-Theatre Curvo-Semedo of the minimal ea-improv quartet of trumpeter Axel Dorner, violist Ernesto Rodrigues, prepared electric guitarist Abdul Moimeme, and Ricardo Guerreiro on computer.

Elgier / Grinenco / Sahlieh: Veiled Elgier / Grinenco / Sahlieh:
Veiled

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A slowly-unfolding and wonderful work of unusual acoustic and electronic sound from the Argentinian trio of Alexander Elgier (piano), Victor Grinenco (violin, hardingfele, objects & electronics), and Samuel Sahlieh (synth, electric bass & tapes).

Eubanks, Bryan & Stephane Rives: fq Eubanks, Bryan & Stephane Rives:
fq

(Potlatch -- France )

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French soprano saxophonist Stephane Rives and US Sound artist Bryan Eubanks on oscillators and feedback synth recorded this extended improvisation after performing live together in Berlin in 2014, using twisting acoustic and electronic tones punctuated by dramatic confrontations.

Flunger, Elisabeth / Tomas Tello: Labor Flunger, Elisabeth / Tomas Tello:
Labor

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Electricity and metal trash object meet in a banging and sparking session of minimal improvisation from percussionist Elisabeth Flunger and electronic artist Tomas Tello.

Forsyth, Chris / Wooley, Nate: The Duchess of Oysterville Forsyth, Chris / Wooley, Nate:
The Duchess of Oysterville

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Garcia, Miguel / Tomas Gris / Lee Noyes: Asto Ilunno Garcia, Miguel / Tomas Gris / Lee Noyes:
Asto Ilunno

(Idealstate Recordings -- Sweden )

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The trio of Miguel A. Garcia (electronics), Tomas Gris (objects) and Lee Noyes (piano) in a single extended and understated improvisation mixing acoustic and electronic sources, building and subsiding in its interesting journey.

Guionnet, Jean-Luc / Seijiro Murayama: Window Dressing Guionnet, Jean-Luc / Seijiro Murayama:
Window Dressing

(Potlatch -- France )

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Four recordings of subtle improvisation for saxophone & percussion, recorded for Radio Nationale Slovene in Ljubljana, and in the library of Jean-Paul Manganaro, Paris.

Hubsch, Carl Ludwig / Christoph Schiller: Giles U. Hubsch, Carl Ludwig / Christoph Schiller:
Giles U.

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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The unlikely combination of tuba and spinet from Carl Ludwig Hubsch and Christoph Schiller (Millefleurs) taking each instrument beyond their traditional sound through extended technique and style.

International Nothing, The (Fagaschinski / Thieke): Less Action, Less Excitement, Less Everything International Nothing, The (Fagaschinski / Thieke):
Less Action, Less Excitement, Less Everything

(Ftarri -- Japan )

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Masters of tonality, in their 2nd release the dual clarinets of Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke are heard without any guest musicians, making a rich, gorgeous album of tense timbres.

International Nothing, The: Mainstream International Nothing, The:
Mainstream

(Ftarri -- Japan )

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Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell): Lodi Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell):
Lodi

(Confront -- Great Britain )

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Since 1995 the string trio of Rhodri Davies, Simon H. Fell & Mark Wastell have created sparse, introspective improvisation, performing here at the Contemporaneamente festival in Lodi, Italy.

Jerman, Jeph: Datura Jerman, Jeph:
Datura

(AARC -- USA )

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A long textured tone poem recorded in the summer of 2009 by sound artist Jeph Jerman, creating an aural environment with a contact mic, mini-disc, laptop, and 4-track.

Johannesen / Furu: the eco logic Johannesen / Furu:
the eco logic

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Guitarist Kim Johannesen and clarinetist Svein Magus Furu in a set of works with interacting tonalities that rely almost completely on texture, tones, scraping, &c..

Johansson, Sven-Ake / Doerner, Axel / Neumann, Andrea : Barcelona Series Johansson, Sven-Ake / Doerner, Axel / Neumann, Andrea :
Barcelona Series

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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Jones / Chabala: Undercurrents Jones / Chabala:
Undercurrents

(Roeba -- USA )

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Brighton, UK turntable/electronics improvisor Daniel Jones and the American guitarist Barry Chabala meet for an album of ringing and beautiful lowercase sound.

Kasyansky, Grundik: Light and Roundchair Kasyansky, Grundik:
Light and Roundchair

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Korber, Tomas: Effacement Korber, Tomas:
Effacement

(Cut -- Switzerland )

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Kurzmann, Christof / Burkhard Stangl : Neuschnee Kurzmann, Christof / Burkhard Stangl :
Neuschnee

(erstwhile -- USA )

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The second album from the long running lowercase / ea-improv "pop" duo of Burkhard Stangl and Christof Kurzmann, understated and intensely skewed music and songs.

Kwang, Goh Lee : Good Vibrations Kwang, Goh Lee :
Good Vibrations

(Herbal International -- Malaysia )

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Aberrant experiments with a stereo DJ mixer from Herbal International label leader Goh Lee Kwang, 5 tracks of unexpected sounds, micro-drills, crackles, purrs, hums, buzzes, quirks and bleeps from the mixer itself, performed live with no overdubs or pre-programming.

Kwang, Goh Lee: New Ear [2 CDs] Kwang, Goh Lee:
New Ear [2 CDs]

(Herbal International -- Malaysia )

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Two extended works from Herbal International label leader Goh Lee Kwang: the two part "Vurnmmkied" the first of static sonic environments that slowly morph, while the second varies with a mix of subtle and harsh sound; "3753" contrasts with gentler, slower territory.

Loriot / Vincent: Bobun: Suite pour Machines a meche Loriot / Vincent:
Bobun: Suite pour Machines a meche

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The string duo Bobun celebrates ten years of creative collaboration with this six piece suite, a studio recording of diverse improvisations that runs the gamut from lowercase minimalism to dense and technically exuberant interaction.

Magic I.D., The : till my breath gives out Magic I.D., The :
till my breath gives out

(erstwhile -- USA )

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Superb 1st erstwhile 'pop' release as only an erstwhile artist could define the term: abstract lower case and perceptive songs with dual clarinets and guitar.

Malfatti, Radu / Klaus Filip: imaoto Malfatti, Radu / Klaus Filip:
imaoto

(erstwhile -- USA )

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The improvising duo of trombonist Radu Malfatti and electronics/sinewave artist Klaus Filip in two extended and beautiful works that investigate the edges of ultraminimalism.

Malfatti, Radu / Taku Unami Malfatti, Radu / Taku Unami:

(erstwhile -- USA )

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Performed as part of the AMPLIFY 2011 festival at The Stone in NYC, the duo of trombonist Radu Malfatti and electronic/visual artist Taku Unami presented this long, minimal and dramatic soundwork in a pitch-black room lit only by Unami's visuals.

Merce, Sergio: Microtonal Saxophone Merce, Sergio:
Microtonal Saxophone

(Potlatch -- France )

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Using an alto saxophone where the original mechanisms have been replaced with water, gas & compressed air taps, saxophonist Sergio Merce can microtonally move the tuning of any note and create multiphonics, allowing him to play several sonic layers while using circular breathing.

Miguel, Sei: The Tone Gardens Miguel, Sei:
The Tone Gardens

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Moslang, Norbert: capture Moslang, Norbert:
capture

(Cut -- Switzerland )

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Murayama, Seijiro: Broken Iteration [2 CDs] Murayama, Seijiro:
Broken Iteration [2 CDs]

(Herbal International -- Malaysia )

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A 2-CD release from Japanese percussionist Seijiro Murayama, performing solo on "objects" which combines clearly percussive objects and other electroacoustic items of obscure origin, creating active, rich and curious sonic environments that envelop the listener.

Nakamura / Trayle: Stationary Nakamura / Trayle:
Stationary

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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lowercase improvisations from no-input mixer Nakamura and laptop artists Mark Trayle (The Hub, Wadada Leo Smith), three long and complex works from sound, static and feedback.

Nakamura, Toshimaru  / English (Joe Foster / Bonnie Jones): One Day Nakamura, Toshimaru / English (Joe Foster / Bonnie Jones):
One Day

(erstwhile -- USA )

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EA-improv minimalist Toshimaru Nakamura with English (Joe Foster/Bonnie Jones) in a recording made in Tokyo while the three were touring South Korea and Japan in 2007.

Nakamura, Toshimaru : maruto Nakamura, Toshimaru :
maruto

(erstwhile -- USA )

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Using his no-input mixing board Toshimaru Nakamura, perhaps the ultimate Onkyo artist, spent two years creating this work, which is also the second release in the Erstsolo series.

Naoshima / Takeda / Kawasaki / Takeuchi / Koike / Kawaguchi / Totsuka: Septet Naoshima / Takeda / Kawasaki / Takeuchi / Koike / Kawaguchi / Totsuka:
Septet

(Ftarri/Improvised Music from Japan -- Japan )

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NG4 Quartet (Keith Rowe / Anthony Taillard / Emmanuel Leduc / Julien Ottavi): A Quartet For Guitars NG4 Quartet (Keith Rowe / Anthony Taillard / Emmanuel Leduc / Julien Ottavi):
A Quartet For Guitars

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )

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Keith Rowe, Anthony Taillard, Emmanuel Leduc and Julien Ottavi perform on electric guitars and electronics, following a score of 9 sections worked out between them for over a year before recording these six improvisations.

Oliver, Cody: Microclimate Oliver, Cody:
Microclimate

(House Leek Audio -- Canada )

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Pisaro, Michael / Greg Stuart: Hearing Metal 2 Pisaro, Michael / Greg Stuart:
Hearing Metal 2

(Gravity Wave -- USA )

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The second part of composer Michael Pisaro's "Hearing Metal" series, Pisaro performing on field recordings, radio, guitar, sine tones, with Greg Stuart performing on a diverse set of percussive instruments.

Rodrigues / Davidson / Rodrigues / Faustino: Fower Rodrigues / Davidson / Rodrigues / Faustino:
Fower

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Three tracks of acoustic improv from an understated string quartet that uses extended techniques and the whole of their instruments to make unusual and rewarding music.

Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Goncalves /...: suspensao [2 CDs] Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Goncalves /...:
suspensao [2 CDs]

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A large group under the direction of violinist Ernesto Rodrigues (also on harp, metronome & objects) in 4 extended improvisations of great suspense and tension through sound and silence.

Romen / Fagaschinski / Schneider: Here Comes The Sun Romen / Fagaschinski / Schneider:
Here Comes The Sun

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )

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The trio of clarinetist Kai Fagachinski (Magic I.D., International Nothing) with frequent collaborators Barbara Romen (hammered dulcimer) and guitarist Gunter Schneider, for a beautiful and enigmatic album of gauzy tones and plucks.

Rowe, Keith / Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Ilia Belorukov / Kurt Liedwart: Contour Rowe, Keith / Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Ilia Belorukov / Kurt Liedwart:
Contour

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )

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Two recordings from spina!studio in St. Petersburg during the Teni Zvuka 2013 Festival, one a duo btween Keith Rowe and Alfredo Costa Monteiro, and the other filling out to a quartet with Ilia Belorukov and Kurt Liedwart; detailed interactions with impressive restraint.

Rowe, Keith / Gunter Mueller / Taku Sugimoto: The World Turned Upside Down Rowe, Keith / Gunter Mueller / Taku Sugimoto:
The World Turned Upside Down

(erstwhile -- USA )

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Schiller, Christoph: Variations Schiller, Christoph:
Variations

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Christoph Schiller's first solo work for spinet, amplified objects and piano, using a simple but brilliant structure which combines improvised pieces in a unique chain-like pattern of repetition and development.

Tierce #2: Caisson Tierce #2:
Caisson

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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A 2nd outing for this electronics-based trio using field recordings, zithers, turntables, amplified knitting machine, &c.; a 60 minute improvisation recorded in concert in Hull in November 2010.

Ulher / Metzger: blinzeln Ulher / Metzger:
blinzeln

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Minimal sound sources and extraneous trumpet sounds using unusual techniques in a duo of subtle yet captivating recordings from these frequent collaborators.

Ulher, Birgit / Leonel Kaplan: Stereo Trumpet Ulher, Birgit / Leonel Kaplan:
Stereo Trumpet

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Recordings of two German trumpeters--Birgit Uhler and Leonel Kaplan--both using extended techniques and modern instrumental language, splitting their recordings between the left and right channels for clarity in their fascinating and unconventional dialogs.

Ulher, Birgit / Rodrigues, Ernesto / Santos, Carlos: Doppelganger Ulher, Birgit / Rodrigues, Ernesto / Santos, Carlos:
Doppelganger

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Delicate nuance and fascinating textures from the minimal improvisations of trumpeter Birgit Uhler, violist Ernesto Rodriguez and live sampling from Carlos Santos.

Wooley, Nate: Wrong Shape to be a Story Teller Wooley, Nate:
Wrong Shape to be a Story Teller

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Yoshida, Ami / Christof Kurzmann: a s o Yoshida, Ami / Christof Kurzmann:
a s o

(erstwhile -- USA )

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Yoshihide /  Ozeki / Gustafsson: with records Yoshihide / Ozeki / Gustafsson:
with records

(Doubtmusic -- Japan )

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It started with a Mats Gustafsson's LP, for which Ozeki Mitkito created a polyvinyl chloride cutout, which Otomo manipulated on his turntable, recording this limited hand-numbered CD.

Sharp, Elliott + Scott Fields: Akra Kampoj Sharp, Elliott + Scott Fields:
Akra Kampoj

(New Atlantis -- USA )

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Using mostly unprocessed electric guitars, the duo of Elliott Sharp and Scott Fields' latest release presents eight dueling guitar works using dynamic, angular tones and textures, from extremely aggressive work to clean avant-jazz with twisted technical intent.

Cosottini / Melani / Miano / Pisani: Cardinal Cosottini / Melani / Miano / Pisani:
Cardinal

(Impressus Records -- USA )

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The quartet of Cosottini, Melano, Pisani, Miano (EAQuartet Electroacoustic) in compositions referring to the 4 cardinal map points using graphic scores, games, open readings, &c.

Dixon Orchestra, Bill: 17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur Dixon Orchestra, Bill:
17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur

(Aum Fidelity -- USA )

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Legendary trumpeter, composer and educator Bill Dixon in a 17 piece orchestra playing original compositions live at the 12th Vision Festival in New York City.

Prevost, Eddie / Alan Wilkinson: So Are We, So Are We Prevost, Eddie / Alan Wilkinson:
So Are We, So Are We

(Matchless -- Great Britain )

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Ercklentz / Neumann  : LAlienation Ercklentz / Neumann :
LAlienation

(Herbal International -- Malaysia )

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Lowercase free improvisation from the duo of Sabine Ercklentz and Andrea Neumann performing on trumpet and a specially designed amplified piano frame, recording 5 detailed and mysteriously constructed works using space and structure in intriguing sound work.

Prevost, Helene: A La Plage Prevost, Helene:
A La Plage

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )

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A mix of sound art and improvisation from Quebec/Actuelle musician Helene Prevost, 10 minimal "Plages", or luminous surfaces, created with Eric Normand, Stephae Claude, and Mario Gauthier.

Phillips, Simon James : Blage 3 Phillips, Simon James :
Blage 3

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )

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A reduction of composer Simon James Phillips' 5 hour improvisation performed with Tony Buck (drums), Werner Dafeldecker (bass), BJ Nilsen (electronics), Liz Allbee (trumpet), Arthur Rother (guitar) & Simon James Phillips (piano) exploring time, perception and place.

Scherchen, Hermann: Orchesterproben Ludwig Van Beethoven 6. Sinfonie [VINYL] Scherchen, Hermann:
Orchesterproben Ludwig Van Beethoven 6. Sinfonie [VINYL]

(Edition Rz -- Germany )

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An historical recording of Hermann Scherchen directing the RTSI Orchestra in a rehearsal of Beethoven's 6th Symphony, 1964, one of the works Scherchen is most associated with.

Smith's Mbira, Wadada Leo: Dark Lady Of The Sonnets Smith's Mbira, Wadada Leo:
Dark Lady Of The Sonnets

(Tum -- Finland )

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Drawing on American creative music, Mbira music of Zimbabwe, and traditional Chinese music, trumpeter Leo Smith's ensemble with drummer Pheeroan akLaff and pipa player Min Xiao-Fen perform 5 extraordinary compositions of lyrical vision.

Freedman, Lori: 3 Freedman, Lori:
3

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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Clarinetist Lori Freedman brought together 3 distinct trios over the course of 3 consecutive nights with a total of 6 other Montreal musicians for live encounters of improvisation.

Greenlee, Shawn: Nysa Greenlee, Shawn:
Nysa

(Utech Records -- USA )

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Rodrigues / Dorner / Torres / Fragenheim: Nor Rodrigues / Dorner / Torres / Fragenheim:
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(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The freely improvising quartet of Ernesto Rodrigues, Axel Dorner, Nuno Torres and Alexander Frangenheim recorded this beautiful album of dark sound in Germany in 2014, 3 movements of understated dialog using unexpected techniques in a subtle dialog.

Monteiro, Alfredo Costa : Um Em Um Monteiro, Alfredo Costa :
Um Em Um

(Monotype -- Poland )

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An unusual release from the accordion, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, placed microphones in a way to enhance the harmonics and all the particularities of every sound, layering slowly moving tones and their harmonic interaction, allowing unexpected details to emerge.

Rodrigues / Yamauchi / Santos: The Presence Of Air Particles Ignited By Memory Rodrigues / Yamauchi / Santos:
The Presence Of Air Particles Ignited By Memory

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Remarkably detailed, slowly moving improvisation from the trio of Katsura Yamauchi on alto sax, Carlos Santos on electronics, and Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, harp and objects, a beautiful balance of acoustic and electronic sound in intensely concentrated music.

 

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