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Millar, Elizabeth / Tim Olive / Craig Pedersen: Charm Point (845 Audio)

Montreal-area's Mystery and Wonder Records duo of Elizabeth Millar on clarinet and Craig Pedersen on trumpet met sound artist Tim Olive in Tokyo's famed Gok Sound studio to record these absorbing electroacoustic improvisations, employing hand-made microphones in metal and wooden tubes, corrupted consumer sound devices, and electro-magnetism through analog circuits.
 

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Label: 845 Audio
Catalog ID: 845-13
Squidco Product Code: 28219

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Japan
Packaging: Letterpress Recycled Chipboard Package
Recorded in Kobe, Japan, in October, 2018.


Personnel:

Elizabeth Millar-amplified clarinet, self made instruments

Tim Olive-magnetic pickups

Craig Pedersen-amplified trumpet

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"Elizabeth Millar is an experimental musician, sound-artist and clarinetist, based in Montreal since 2009. Engaging with sound, noise, free improvisation and self-made instrument building, her creative practice explores the merging of acoustic and electronic textures using amplification and extended techniques.

Active locally, nationally and internationally she has performed throughout Canada and in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Mexico. Alongside her solo work, she is also one member of Sound of the Mountain, an amplified clarinet and trumpet duo with Craig Pedersen. She performs regularly with Montreal-based Ensemble Supermusique and with a variety of collaborators, including Érick d'Orion, Joane Hétu, Anne-F Jacques, Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura. She is co-founder of Mystery & Wonder Records.

Her 2019 solo release no instrument machine, air, extends the timbral and textural scope of her work with amplified clarinet, adding machine hums, metallic resonances and low frequency air noise, generated by self-made instruments made from recycled electronic components.

Recent highlights include performances at Open Waters Festival Halifax (2019), Rencontres de Musique Spontanée Rimouski (2019), IMOO Festival Ottawa (2019, 2018), Open Ears Festival Kitchener Ontario (2018), Make It Up Club Festival Australia (2018), Codes d'Access Montreal (2018), Suoni per il Popolo Festival Montreal (2019, 2018, 2017) and KLEX festival Malaysia (2017); a residency with Tone List in Perth, Australia (2018) and a 3-month independent residency in Tokyo (2017)."

-All About Jazz (https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/elizabethmillar)
11/13/2019

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"The music of Tim Olive arises from collaboration with fellow musicians/sound artists, collaboration with physical and temporal setting, and collaboration with those involved in the act of listening. Using simple materials (magnetic pickups, steel strings, tuning forks, metal strips, hand-wound motor mechanisms, magnetic tape, dental floss and analog electronics), Olive's work examines presence and the present, the interplay of the human with material/time/space, and the uniqueness, intensity and unrepeatability that lives in each performing and/or recording situation.

He is interested in music as a social activity, as a way of creating community, a way of countering the forces which lead to an increasing atomization of contemporary life; music as a felt experience rather than as a concept or a theory.

A Canadian residing in Kobe, Japan, Olive has released music on Japanese, European and North American labels, with Jeff Allport, Cristian Alvear, Pascal Battus, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Samuel Dunscombe, Nick Hoffman, Anne-F Jacques, Jin Sangtae, Jason Kahn, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Francisco Meirino, Katsura Mouri, Takuji Naka, Makoto Oshiro and Ben Owen.

Olive has performed/recorded in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, with the recording collaborators listed above, as well as with Akiyama Tetuzi, Maria Chavez, Che Chen, Kelly Churko, crys cole, Joe Foster, Haco, Hong Chulki, Bonnie Jones, Richard Kamerman, Kostis Kilymis, Siew-Wai Kok, Madoka Kouno, Tomasz Krakowiak, Fangyi Liu, James Rushford, Carl Stone, Fritz Welch, Nate Wooley, Jared Xu and Yan Jun.

In addition to organizing events in Japan, Olive runs the label 845 Audio."

-Tim Olive 11/13/2019

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"Craig Pedersen is a trumpet player, composer, and educator based out of Montréal. He actively leads his own bands, the Craig Pedersen Quartet and the It's A Free Country duo (with Joel Kerr), and co-directs the Musique a La Poele series in Montreal. He also co-founded the Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais Concert (IMOO) Series. Since its inception in 2010, IMOO has served as a hub of improvised music in Ottawa, presenting both local and international artists. Craig has released eight albums worth of material, ranging between composed material to improvisation, and has collaborated with Lori Freedman, Nicolas Caloia, Evan Tighe, Aaron Lumley, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh (Instant Places), Joel Kerr, and Mark Molnar (Kingdom Shore), as well as recording on the soundtrack for Robert Lepage's Needles and Opium, and performances at L'Off Festival du Jazz, and FONT Canada. He has recently written a method book of extended techniques for the trumpet, to published by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard in November of 2014.

Mark Molnar plays strings and electronics with Kingdom Shore, 1/4 Tonne Spike Pitcher (Nick Keupfer and Eric Craven), Generator (John Higney and Jamie Gulliksen), Mice (Bennett Bedoukian and Dave Clark), and in duos and a variety of configurations with Eric Craven, Craig Pedersen, James Annett, David Broscoe, Jamie Gulliksen, Linsey Wellman, and Bennett Bedoukian. He also plays erhu and rebab in Gamelan Semara Winangun."

-Black Bough (http://www.blackbough.ca/PedersenMolnar.html)
11/13/2019

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track listing:


1. Untitled 7:16

2. Untitled 6:47

3. Untitled 15:59
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Three people in a room. Hand-made microphones thrust into metal and wooden tubes, consumer cast-offs transformed into home-made sound-generating/altering devices, electro-magnetism fed through simple analog circuits, sounds amplified and recorded. No overdubs, very minimal editing."-845 Audio



"Usually the sparring partners of Tim Olive, magnetic pick-ups player pas excellence are musicians who are also at the edges of radical improvisation [...] we find Olive playing with Montreal based duo of Elizabeth Millar and Craig Pedersen, respectively on amplified clarinet and amplified trumpet (see also elsewhere). The latter two also go by the name Sound Of The Mountain, but not here, for whatever reason I am not entirely sure they don't go by that name here. In October 2018, the three of them met up in Kobe and recorded three pieces, which are here described as using "hand-made microphones thrust into metal and wooden tubes, consumer cast-offs transformed into home-made sound-generating/ altering devices, electro-magnetism fed through simple analogue circuits, sound amplified and recorded". Compared with the work I heard from Sound Of The Mountain, I would think they go out on an even more radical approach here; most of the times one doesn't recognize the instruments Millar and Pedersen have, or just a faint trace thereof. The radical approach doesn't translate in extremer music, oddly enough. It becomes quieter and distant, with everybody on his or her guard. The 'noise' is reduced to small sounds culled peeps, hiss, crackles, forming gentle drones, moving slowly around; in and out the mix, they slip slowly away. Sometimes it all is a bit louder, but throughout the work, delicacy is very much the keyword to the three pieces here, even in all its roughness. Excellent release!"-Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly


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