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In Streams: Volume 1, 1996 - 1999

Morphogenesis: In Streams: Volume 1, 1996 - 1999 (Paradigm)

Electro-acoustic improvisers and studio musicians Clive Graham, Adam Bohman, Ron Briefel, Clive Hall, Michael Prime amd Roger Sutherland in 3 live and 1 studio compositions.

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Label: Paradigm
Catalog ID: PD 16
Squidco Product Code: 10229

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2001
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack - 8 panel
Concert and studio recordings from 1996 to 1999.


Adam Bohman-prepared violin, balalaika, objects

Ron Briefel-vocals, varispeed CD player, electronics

Clive Graham-springs, Uher tape machine, autoharp, electronics

Clive Hall-piano, objects, electronics

Michael Prime-water machine, biofeedback, radio, electronics

Roger Sutherland (RIP)-percussion, piano

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track listing:

1. Live at the Spitz (part 1) 12:50 2. Live at the Windmill 22:40

3. Charivari remnant 15:29

4. Live at the Stadtgarten 25:47
Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Organized Sound and Sample Based Music
Free Improvisation
Sextet Recordings
Objects and Home-made Instruments
Instruments with Preparations

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Morphogenesis produce music that has few (if any) points of reference to other music. All of it is totally improvised yet it is unlike most music labelled as 'improv'. The music is largely created using live electronics but this is not an electronic band. Indeed, it is the other instruments that Morphogenesis use that make them sound unique.

Although no instrumentation is listed for this CD, the Morphogenesis website reveals their use of instruments that they have constructed themselves, plus adapted or prepared conventional instruments such as violin, piano or acoustic guitar. They also use sounds that have been filtered to radically alter their tonal properties. These can be environmental sounds such as traffic noise, or small sounds such as bubbling water picked up using contact microphones. When other elements are included, such as snatches of speech from radios and a bioactivity translator that translates biological rhythms (of plants, fungi, humans) into electronic sound, it is virtually impossible to identify individual components in this unique soundscape.

[...] It features four pieces, three recorded live and one in their North London home studio, the last being a remnant from their 1996 album Charivari Music. All the music was recorded direct to stereo. To listen to it is to be taken on a sonic journey that invites the use of metaphors of intergalactic travel and the like. Awesome."-John Eyles, All About Jazz

"Although Morphogenesis do not play live very often, it is certainly our preferred working situation, where the interaction between the space, the people present and the available equipment create a variety of different situations. Substantial extracts from nearly all of our recent concerts appear on this, and a second volume. There is also the inclusion of one studio recording per CD. Perhaps one reason for our infrequent appearances is due to the size of the group, which usually varies from between 4 to 6 people all of whom have been working together for 10 - 15 years. This in itself is an unusual situation within experimental music. Another increasingly rare feature in electronic improvisation today is that we have never used laptops or samplers, and although a prerecorded CD was used on the Spitz concert it was scrambled through a varispeed DJ CD player. Prerecorded analogue tape is also used by manually inching the tape past the playback head. All other instrumentation (amplified objects, piano, biofeedback, water machine, percussion etc) is played and processed live. This release comes in an 8 page digipak. Volume 2 is likewise, and the total playing time of both volumes is just under 2 and a half hours."-Paradigm

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