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Bettis, Chuck: Sonic Sigils [CD EP] (Scarcelight)

An electronic work from NY experimenter Chuck Bettis in a 3" CD embedded in a full 5" disc, aural assaults and abstracted noise in complex patterns with unexpected twists and turns.

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Limited edition of 500 CDs.

Label: Scarcelight
Catalog ID: 22
Squidco Product Code: 15543

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live September through November 2003 at the Atheist Monastery in Brooklyn, NY.


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Artist Biographies:

"Chuck Bettis was raised in the fertile harDCore soil, nourished within Baltimore's enigmatic avant garde gatherings, and currently blossoming in New York's downtown musical tribe. His unique blend of electronics and throat has led him into various collaborations with great musicians from around the globe.

He has performed live collaborations with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Matmos,Yoshimio, Mephista and Afrirampo to name a few. Some of the musicians Bettis has recorded and played live with are as follows; Ikue Mori, Nautical Almanac, Audrey Chen, Yellow Swans, Toshio Kajiwara, Mick Barr, etc, plus a long history of punk bands he was in (most notably the experimental punk band Meta-matics as well as the enigmatic All Scars).

Current working groups are; Snake Union with Dave Grant, Die Trommel Fatale with Brandon Seabrook/Marika Hughes/Eivind Opsvik/Henry Fraser/Dave Treut/Sam Ospovat, Overishins with Mick Barr, Johnny DeBlase, Mike Pride and Mossenek with Mick Barr & Colin Marston, as well as improvising, recording, or composing with an array of musicians from around the world."

-Chuck Bettis Website (

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track listing:

1. Night On Fire (For Nick Bohn) 1:25

2. P.I.E./L.I.T.L. 1:23

3. Light In Extension 1:55

4. Blipitle Flimalfa 2:08

5. Faith Is Fear 6:01

6. Neuromancy 4:00

7. Untitled "Hidden Track" 3:05
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"A word of warning: if it's a hungover morning, skip opener "Night On Fire (for Nick Bohn)". It will hurt you. In fact, it might be a good idea to skip the disc altogether if you're in a fragile state; make yourself a cup of tea, add a shot of whiskey to it and listen to some nice Belle & Sebastian while you curl up on the couch and wait for the liquor to work. If you're feeling adventurous, however, Bettis has a little trip for you. Sonic Sigils begins with the aforementioned "Night On Fire"'s aural assault, all low-pitched whine and digital shuffle, punctuated by rapid-fire layers of hard-panned tape rewind. It tapers from there... all the way down to the subterranean radar of "Neuromancy" and the disconnected, barely audible mutter of the untitled track that follows it. Bettis's work falls into that category of "ambient" that is decidedly not background music. "Blipitle Flimalfa"'s watery squiggles and piercing sonic needles, "Light in Extension"'s space-robot effects-mongering, the machine-like but strained cycling of different rhythmic lines in "Faith is Fear" -- all demand your attention. It ain't pretty, but it's strangely beautiful."-Sarah Zachrich,

Limited edition of 500 CDs.
Related Categories of Interest:

lowercase, reductionist, micro-improv, sound improv, onkyo sound
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv

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