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Calcination (Utech Records)

The Berlin based duo of saxophonist Antoine Chessex and guitarist Ktho Zoid, dense alchemical transformations through dense layers of amplification and feedback.

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Limited edition of 500.

Label: Utech Records
Catalog ID: URCD026
Squidco Product Code: 11530

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock foldover, sealed.
Recorded at Ausland, Berlin. Mixed and edited by Ktho Zoid in Berlin.


Antoine Chessex-tenor sax, electronics, amp.

Ktho Zoid-guitar, electronics, amp.

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track listing:

1. Shadows Audio 12:10

2. Chystka Audio 7:26

3. Let 100 Flowers Bloom Calcination 17:20

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"Calcination is the first stage in the process of alchemical transformation, the administration of heat until a given substance is reduced to ash. It is often symbolized by sulfuric acid, a powerful corrosive that eats away flesh and reacts with all metals except gold. In sociological terms, the fire of calcination represents turning to dust/life and death. Antoine Chessex (Monno) and Ktho Zoid approach their music similarly, burning through dense layers of sax and guitar. Amplification, feedback and reduction are applied until an impenetrable resin remains."-Utech Records

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Artist Biographies:

"Antoine Chessex is a Swiss composer, saxophone player and sound artist born in 1980 in Vevey (CH).

His works assume a wide diversity of forms spanning compositions for ensembles, solo performances, sound installations and transdisciplinary projects. Chessex's compositions are characterized by textural density and microtonal tensions often resulting in sound masses addressing the physical dimensions of sound and spaces. The works of Antoine Chessex have over the years crossed the boundaries between noise, modern composition, improvisation and electronic music.

His solo works feature dense layers of sustained pitches reacting with the architecture of the space he's performing in or massive clouds of amplified sax resulting in intense live actions in total immersion in the sound.

He presents his works worldwide and appeared at numerous international venues and festivals in the United States, Japan, China, Russia and all around Europe.

Recent compositional works include "DUST" for 3 violins and electronics (2010), "Schichten" & "Ritournelle Fulgurante"commissioned by oh ton Ensemble (2013 & 2014), "Metakatharsis" & "Damage is done" commissioned by the Phoenix Ensemble in Basel (2011 & 2015), "Chute" for the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin (2012), "Plastic Concrete" & "Accumulation" for Apartment House in London (2014 & 2015), "Les Abîmes Hallucinés" for the Ensemble Proton in Bern (2016) as well as numerous electronic music pieces.

Collaborations with musicians Lasse Marhaug, Zbigniew Karkowski, Jérôme Noetinger, Maja Ratkje, Valerio Tricoli, Dave Phillips, the noise band Monno, architect Christian Waldvogel and media artist Ulrike Gabriel (Flow, 2002)."

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