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Philosopher and reed player David Rothenberg joins Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) on laptop and electronics for a release of improvised studio and live recordings.

Scanner & David Rothenberg
You Can't Get There from Here

Scanner & David Rothenberg: You Can't Get There from Here (Monotype)
Label: Monotype    
Released in: Poland    

"Although music by Scanner is not reviewed a lot in these days (for reasons I am not sure of, maybe he just doesn't release that much these days?) I should think he needs no introduction. He works here with David Rothenberg, who is a philosopher and clarinet player, writing about such things as making music with whales. He had a CD on ECM Records with pianist Marilyn Crispell as well as nine solo albums. He gets credit for playing bass clarinet, clarinet and laptop, while Robin Rimbaud plays laptop and electronics.

The pieces on this release were recorded from 2008 to 2010, with the exception of two live pieces from 2007. I don't think there is any other goal than creating nice music together, which I guess is quite a legitimate goal. I don't think they set out to create something entirely new. Eleven pieces here, in which not too fast rhythms play a prominent role (courtesy of Scanner no doubt) and in which Rothenberg's clarinet performs a jazzy role. Obviously there is a bit of voice material - its Scanner anyway - and throughout the whole thing is pleasant - but nothing more than that. Quite improvised, and as such I think it could have benefitted from a bit more variation, as quite a lot of pieces sound the same. Rothenberg's playing is quite traditional and start to work a bit on my nerves after a while; I wished there was a bit more variation in there too. Partly I thought this was alright, but not all at once."-Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

"Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner is a conceptual artist, writer, plasticien sonore and composer working in London, whose works traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998) hailed by critics as innovative and inspirational works of contemporary electronic music. He scored the hit musical comedy Kirikou & Karaba (2007), premiered his six-hour show Of Air and Ear (2008) at the Royal Opera House in London, designed the sound for the new Philips Wake-Up Light (2009), and in 2011 premiered his film collaboration Sakoko with Hussein Chalayan at Paris Fashion week for Vogue Magazine.

Committed to working with cutting edge practitioners he has collaborated with Bryan Ferry, Radiohead, Dangermouse, Laurie Anderson, The Royal Ballet, Wayne McGregor, Flanders Royal Ballet, Hermes, Steve McQueen, Philips Design, Mike Kelley, and Douglas Gordon. His work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. He is currently Visiting Professor at Le Fresnoy National Centre for Contemporary Arts in France.

Philosopher and musician David Rothenberg is the author of Why Birds Sing, also published in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Germany, and turned into a feature documentary for the BBC. Rothenberg is also the author of Hand's End: Technology and the Limits of Nature, and Always the Mountains.

His most recent book is Thousand Mile Song, about making music with whales. It is accompanied by a CD, featuring live music together with whales, called Whale Music. Rothenberg's music is inspired by the melodies and beats of birds, insects, whales, water, and wind, he blends spontaneous musical inventiveness with a sense of rhythm, exhuberance, and the listening to nature. This project is currently being turned into three separate documentary films.

As a clarinetist Rothenberg has performed and recorded with Jan Bang, Scanner, Glen Velez, Karl Berger, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. He has nine CDs out under his own name, including "On the Cliffs of the Heart," named one of the top ten releases of 1995 by Jazziz magazine. His first CD on ECM Records, "One Dark Night I Left My Silent House," a duet album with pianist Marilyn Crispell, appeared in June 2010, and it has been widely reviewed and acclaimed.

David Rothenberg is professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology."-Monotype

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Product Information:

UPC: 5908310927244

Label: Monotype
Catalog ID: mono038
Squidco Product Code: 14791

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Recorded at the Soap Factory London, B Street Cold Spring, and EMPAC, Troy 2008-2010. Track 2 recorded live from the Punkt Festival in Krstiansand in August 2007. Track 7 recorded live on WNYC, March 2007.


Scanner-laptop, electronics

David Rothenberg-bass clarinet, clarinet, laptop

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Track Listing:

1. As Air Moves In 6:22

2. Where do You Run To? 6:54

3. Tlingit Death Song 6:45

4. You Can't Get There From Here 5:05

5. Ready Ready 5:46

6. Black Betwixt Darkness 5:48

7. The Far Field (WYNC remix) 4:17

8. The Serpentine Way 6:13

9. Compounding Daydream 2:32

10. Fabian Fox 4:16

11. The Waves and the Beat 5:08

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