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Montgomery, Will / [ Heribert Friedl ]: Non-Collaboration (Non Visual Objects (NVO))

Fragile, delicate yet complex improvisations beteween NVO label leader Heribert Friedl and guitarist Will Montgomery, engaging lowercase electroacoustic collaboration.

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Limited numbered edition of 300

Label: Non Visual Objects (NVO)
Catalog ID: NVO 014
Squidco Product Code: 10215

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Austria
Packaging: Cardstock Foldover in a clear vinyl sleeve


Will Montgomery

Heribert Friedl

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track listing:

1. Amore 6:05

2. Berry 5:52

3. Bolt 6:33

4. Head 3:22

5. LED 5:03

6. MAN 4:23

7. SAW 4:15

8. Thorn 5:24
Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
lowercase, micro-improv, sound improv
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Limited Editions & Out of Print
Free Improvisation
Duo Recordings

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"In many ways, this kind of collaboration is the lifeblood of the digital composition scene, and in these days of file exchanges and e mail conversations and collusions, Friedl and Montgomery typify the quality and uniqueness that prevails when energy and effort are expended in order to revitalise and expand upon the pallette of sounds currently being pursued by a host of others, eager to step on the bandwagon.

Starting in 2006, this fine work was initiated with a series of Friedl's Hackbrett improvisations that were then unleashed upon Montgomery for him to rework and extend with his own interventions. It became apparent to the two, that the only way for this less than obvious pairing of approaches to succeed, was that Montgomery should work the instrumentals in his own way, pushing Friedl's compositional elements through electronic filters and warping and shaping them to form something fresh.

Opening piece, AMORE is the perfect example of this, and what we have throughout the series of works here, are intrinsically digital/sampler compositions. Much of Friedl's source material being deformed and topologically twisted through a sampler, with all the fluttering and warbling typified by that method, yet filtered in ways that bring a unique and inventive angle to a well established methodology. Once again, the material sways between moments of intense activity and near silence, a pendulum, undulating across a series of drones and metallic inclusions. HEAD homes in on the purity of digital texturings, and SAW leaves the source material relatively intact, with added texture and sharply defined organic layering added by Montgomery. Closing piece of the eight is THORN, inhabiting the higher registers of the sound spectrum, this is the aural equivalent of stainless steel, glistening and robust, and a fearsome piece to encounter under headphones. As has become usual with any NVO output, the quality of the recording is second to none, a technically precise, and intensely engaging series of pieces that place Montgomery firmly on the map, and re-assert Friedl's position as one of the scene's most energetic and original exponents. This is one that will almost certainly qualify as my Album of the Year. Essential."-bgn, white line

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