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Bassist and electronic artist Adam Linson brought this group together to explore new contexts at the intersection of jazz and computer music using real-time processing and interactive electronics.

Linson, Adam Systems Quartet (Dorner / Mahall / Linson / Lytton)
Figures And Grounds

Linson, Adam Systems Quartet (Dorner / Mahall / Linson / Lytton): Figures And Grounds (psi)
Label: psi    
Released in: Great Britain    

"My role in bringing together this group was to provide a new context for the diverse talents of these musicians. From the outset, the aim of the group was to explore the range of possibilities at the intersection of jazz and computer music.

To extend the musical environment of the improvisational jazz quartet, I took live acoustic audio feeds from the four of us and subjected them to an array of manipulations including real-time signal processing - to provide an added point of interaction for the instruments being processed - and time-delayed sampling and layering (also subjected to signal processing) to multiply the instrumental voices and provide additional lines and textures with which to interact. In some cases I would set up and interactive electronic environment and return to the bass. In other cases, I would set aside the bass temporarily to actively "conduct" the array input and output feeds. [...]"-Adam Linson, from the liner notes

"Axel Dörner (born 26 April 1964 in Cologne, Germany) is a German jazz musician (trumpet and piano) and composer.

Dörner studied piano in the Dutch town Arnhem (1988-89) and at the Music Academy in Cologne (1989-1996). From 1991 he studied trumpet with Malte Burba, and during his studies he collaborated with trumpeter Bruno Light in the "The Street Fighters Duo". At this time he also joined the ensembles "The Street Fighters Quartet" and "The Street Fighters Double Quartet" together with Matthias Schubert, Bruno Leicht, and Claudio Puntin. In addition the "Axel Dörner Quartet" was initiated (with Frank Gratkowski, Hans Schneider and Martin Blume). With saxophonist Matthias Petzold. he participated on the albums Lifelines and Psalmen Und Lobgesänge.

Dörner has resided in Berlin since 1994, and occurs in the most diverse settings like "The London Jazz Composers Orchestra" and with "Hedros" (together with Mats Gustafsson, Günter Christmann, Barry Guy and others). Since then he has contributed on more than 50 album recordings.

Dörner is distinguished mainly by his versatility. He bouth play the more traditional Bebop, just like he fits in to classic Free Jazz or electronic music. He playd with Otomo Yoshihide at the Donaueschinger Musiktage in 2005. Dörner play both solo concerts and collaborates with his trio "TOOT" (together with Phil Minton and Thomas Lehn) and "Die Anreicherung" with Christian Lillinger, Håvard Wiik and Jan Roder, and in Ken Vandermarks "Territory-Band". Dörner is an integral part of the Berlin scene of experimental new improvisational music. Dörner was given special attention for his interpretation of all compositions by Thelonious Monk, with the pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach and his own band "Die Enttäuschung" released on a three CD album (Monks Casino, Complete 2005)."-Wikipedia

-Wikipedia (

"Adam Linson is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, conducting interdisciplinary research on the common cognitive basis of improvisation across domains. He is also a double bassist, improvisor, and composer. His research uniquely combines the arts, humanities, sciences, and technology. His publications focus on perception, cognition, and interaction, and span a range of topics in philosophy, cognitive science, music psychology, and artificial intelligence/robotics. He was previously a Research Associate and CMPCP Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, and has a PhD in AI/Music Cognition (Open University), a Master of Fine Arts in Music/Sound (Bard College), and a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, where he also studied composed and improvised music under George Lewis and classical double bass under Bertram Turetzky."

-Institute for Music in Human and Social Development (IMHSD) (

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Product Information:

UPC: 5030243110520

Label: psi
Catalog ID: 11.05
Squidco Product Code: 14885

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded on January 14th, 2008 by Adam Linson in his studio, Josetti Hofe, Berlin.


Axel Dorner-trumpet, electronics

Rudi Mahll-bass clarinet

Adam Linson-double bass, electronics

Paul Lytton-drums, percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Swamp Delta To The Sky 23:14

2. City Dissolved In Light 10:40

3. Invisible Mornings 21:01