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Ermke, Andrea / Chris Abrahams / Marcello Busato / Arthur Rother: Sink (Mikroton Recordings)

With understated grooves and the presence of Necks keyboardist Chris Abrahams it's easy to compare Necks with this Berlin-based band, formed in 2004 with Andrea Ermke on minidiscs, Marcello Busato on drums, and Arthur Rother on electric guitar, but the distinction is heard in their unusual sound sources, mixing electronic, synthetic and concrete sounds in hallucinatory ways.
 

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UPC: 5056198930440

Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: cd 88
Squidco Product Code: 28191

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Russia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Ausland, in Berlin, Germany, on May 12th, 2013, by Sink.


Personnel:

Andrea Ermke-minidiscs

Chris Abrahams-synthesizer

Marcello Busato-drums

Arthur Rother-electric guitar

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"Andrea Ermke is a sound artist from the so-called Berlin scene. An autodidact, she has been working with a sampler, minidisc players and a mixing board since about 1997. She has developed a very personal and uncompromising style of collage. She has worked and collaborated with such artists like Jim Denley, Dorothea Shürch, John Butcher, Annette Krebs, Margareth Kammerer, Ami Yoshida."

-Mikroton (http://mikroton.net/mikroton-cd-88/)
8/5/2020

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"Chris Abrahams was born in Oamaru, New Zealand but grew up in Sydney, Australia.

He became very active in the Sydney jazz scene in the early eighties playing with modern jazz groups including Mark Simmonds' Freeboppers and The Keys Music Orchestra. With Lloyd Swanton he formed the 60's modern jazz-influenced The Benders in 1982. During its day, the band released three albums - E, False Laughter and Distance.

In 1984 Chris recorded and released his first solo piano album - Piano, followed in 1986 by Walk.

In 1985 Chris became a founding member of the Sydney indie rock band The Sparklers. As a result of this, Chris began working regularly with the singer and songwriter Melanie Oxley. Chris collaborated with Melanie, writing songs and producing albums, throughout the nineties. There are five releases with her: Resisting Calm (1990), Welcome to Violet (1992), Coal (1994), Jerusalem Bay (1998) and Blood Oranges (2003).

Chris released a third solo piano album, Glow, in 2001. This was followed in 2003 by Streaming, and then Thrown (2004), Play Scar (2010) and Memory Night (2013).

Chris has collaborated, in both recording and performance, with many contemporary improvising musicians including Burkhard Beins, Mike Cooper and Anthony Pateras. He performs regularly in the improvising music scenes both in Australia and Europe."

-The Necks Website (http://www.thenecks.com/bio)
8/5/2020

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"Marcello Busato is a multi instrumentalist from Milano, Italy. He moved to Berlin in 2003 and since then became a prominent and in-demand member of the Berlin improvisation scene. Sink is his third album on Mikroton following Echtzeitmusik Berlin and Margareth Kammerer's Why Is The Sea So Blue."

-Mikroton (http://mikroton.net/mikroton-cd-88/)
8/5/2020

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"Arthur Rother was born 1970 in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. He grew up in Holland and moved to Berlin in 1989. Together with Andrea Neumann, Christian Kesten and Fernanda Farah he curates events at labor sonor since 2003. Labor sonor is a lively meeting point for the Berlin underground music scene and is a platform for new developments in improvised and electronic music, with some references to new music, conceptual music, pop music and performance art. He is also the maintainer of the website echtzeitmusik.de, a prominent event calendar for the experimental music scene in Berlin."

-Ausland Berlin (https://ausland-berlin.de/arthur-rother)
8/5/2020

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track listing:


1. Waking Up After A Long Day Part 1 8:13

2. Little Did We Know 16:48

3. Late To The Party 13:45

4. Waking Up After A Long Day Part 2 15:39

5. Epilogue (Hidden Track) 3:42
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"It took 15 years since its foundation to release their first album. Sink was formed in Berlin in 2004. Though their music is improvised, Sink play, perform, sound and feel as a band with a distinct band sound. Their sound ranges from typically Berlin Echtzeitmusik related mixed electroacoustic and acoustic soundscapes which can, but need not, result in a minimalistic groove. Sink already appeared on "Echtzeitmusik Berlin" compilation we produced in 2012.

Andrea Ermke is a sound artist from the so-called Berlin scene. An autodidact, she has been working with a sampler, minidisc players and a mixing board since about 1997. She has developed a very personal and uncompromising style of collage. She has worked and collaborated with such artists like Jim Denley, Dorothea Shürch, John Butcher, Annette Krebs, Margareth Kammerer, Ami Yoshida.

Chris Abrahams doesn't need any introduction. He is best known for his work as a pianist in the minimalist trio The Necks. On Mikroton we released several albums featuring him: "Hammeriver" with Clare Cooper, Christof Kurzmann, Tony Buck, Tobias Delius, Werner Dafeldecker, Clayton Thomas, None Of Them Would Remember It That Way with Lucio Capece, We Who Had Left with Alessandro Bosetti and Echtzeitmusik Berlin.

Marcello Busato is a multi instrumentalist from Milano, Italy. He moved to Berlin in 2003 and since then became a prominent and in-demand member of the Berlin improvisation scene. Sink is his third album on Mikroton following Echtzeitmusik Berlin and Margareth Kammerer's Why Is The Sea So Blue.

Arthur Rother is a guitarist and was born 1970 in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, grew up in there and moved to Berlin in 1989. Together with Andrea Neumann, Christian Kesten, Fernanda Farah and Derek Shirley he curates events at labor sonor since 2003. He is also the maintainer of the website echtzeitmusik.de, a prominent event calendar for the experimental music scene in berlin. That's his second album on Mikroton after Echtzeitmusik Berlin.

Sink is a perfect blend of diverse sound sources. Rother's minimal chord playing and guitar arpeggios mix with Abrahams' masterful knowledge of the depths of Yamaha DX-7 which sometimes emits typically electronic timbres and sometimes he makes it sound like an organ. All this coalesces with Ermke's sonic intrusions from her minidiscs and Busato's wide range of playing techniques on percussion and drums, now shadowy, then outbursting. Sink is a staggering feast of the joys found in the process of sonic research with their own instruments. A malleable bubble of hovering excitement, romantic slowdowns and joyous refrain. A perfect musical match for your post-Techno after party."-Mikroton

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