Catalog ID: FOR 1865CD
Squidco Product Code: 8230
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Jason Kahn-analog synthesizer
Norbert Moslang-cracked everyday-electronics
Günter Müller-ipod, electronics
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2. Untitled 9:35
3. Untitled 6:52
4. Untitled 10:20
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"Though recorded in Japan as were the initial two discs in this series, "Signal to Noise, Vol. 3" eschews the guest format instead presenting 3/5 of the Signal Quintet: Jason Kahn (analog synthesizer, percussion), Norbert Möslang (cracked everyday electronics) and Gunter Muller (ipod, percussion, electronics). As is often the case with these musicians in recent years, especially Möslang and Muller, a relatively steady pulse or two is heard prominently among the other electronics. Calling it a "beat" would be overstating the case and it tends to mutate somewhat over the course of a given improvisation, but it's decidedly there, and is so on three out of the four tracks presented here. Listeners, of course, have their own amount of tolerance or acceptance of elements like this but for myself, it palls very quickly, deadening the proceedings enough to irritate. No matter how imaginatively these rhythmic structures are arrayed with other sounds, their unbudging presence remains awkwardly difficult to get around, a blockage where I want to hear flow. Not that it's always so cut and dried. On the second cut, the pace of these beats is interestingly slow and they almost manage to lose themselves in the accompaniment, which reminds me of a pared down version of Hancock circa "Sextant". The last piece also comes to the brink of transcending those strictures, but not quite. Obviously, the trio is well aware of this approach and enjoys utilizing it but this listener would much prefer to hear them "loosen up"."-Brian Olewnick, Bagatellen
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• Show Bio for Jason Kahn
" is a musician, artist and writer. He was born 1960 in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He re-located to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zürich.
As an electronic musician, vocalist and drummer Kahn collaborates regularly with many musicians, both in improvised settings and in the context of graphical scores which he composes for specific groups.
Kahn has exhibited his installations in museums, galleries, art spaces and public sites internationally. These works focus on the idea of space: the conceptual and physical juncture points, its production and dissolution, and our relation to it as a political, social and environmental medium.
Kahn's other activities include sound pieces for radio, film, dance and theater. He has also designed numerous CD, LP and cassette covers. As a writer, his work has appeared in books, magazines and as liner notes to many audio publications.
Performing regularly around the world, Kahn has given concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and South Africa.
In 2011 Kahn started the Editions imprint to publish his own recordings and writings."-Jason Kahn Website (http://www.jasonkahn.net/biography/index.html)
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