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

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.
 

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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.


Personnel:

Axel Dorner-trumpet, electronics

Rudi Mahll-bass clarinet

Adam Linson-doublebass, 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
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"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


Artist Biographies:

"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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axel_D%C3%B6rner)
11/15/2017

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"Adam Linson (born 1975 in Los Angeles) is active internationally as a double bassist, improvisor, and composer, who performs acoustically and with live electronics, solo and in a wide variety of ensembles. He can be heard on several critically acclaimed albums, which also feature the real-time interactive computer music systems that he designs and develops. He is also a scholar whose interdisciplinary research on improvisation 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 recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, conducting interdisciplinary research on the common cognitive basis of improvisation across domains. In 2014-15, he was a Research Associate at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Music, where he was formerly a CMPCP Visiting Fellow. He completed his PhD (Open University, UK) using artificial intelligence and robotics to investigate cognition in collaborative improvisation, funded by the Centre for Research in Computing. He has 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. His extensive experience as a software engineer and GNU/Linux specialist ranges from large-scale distributed architectures to embedded systems.

Linson's sustained involvement with interactive computer music is documented on albums with the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble in 2004 (ECM); solo double bass and electronics in 2006 (psi); a 2007 duet with Lawrence Casserley, released in 2009 (psi); the John Butcher Group in 2008 (WoW); and a January 2008 recording, released in 2011 (psi), with Axel Dörner, Paul Lytton, and Rudi Mahall, collectively known as Systems Quartet. In February 2012, the premier performance of his piece Looms (for improvisors and 16-channel spherical diffusion) was given with Evan Parker on soprano saxophone and Linson on double bass, at the Electric Spring festival in Huddersfield (UK).

Notable acoustic guest performances include concerts in Paris and Brussels as part of the Evan Parker Trio with Paul Lytton, and in Berlin with the Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio featuring Parker and Paul Lovens. In addition to collaborations with numerous improvisors in groups of various sizes, he has performed in duets with Richard Barrett, Tom Blancarte, Lawrence Casserley, Peter Evans, Owen Green, Aleks Kolkowski, Okkyung Lee, Rudi Mahall, Jon Rose, John Russell, Joel Ryan, and Nate Wooley.

From 1999-2009 he was based in Berlin, Germany, where he began many continuing musical collaborations with distinguished improvisors. In 2004 and 2008, he was an artist-in-residence at the Studio voor Elektro-Instrumentale Muziek (STEIM), Amsterdam. His compositions for chamber ensembles and contemporary dance productions have been performed in Europe and North America, and his performances and recordings have been broadcast on US and international radio, including BBC Radio 3 (UK) and SWR (Germany).

Selected past festival performances include the Glasgow Jazz Festival (2015), with Evan Parker & the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra; GIOfest VII, Glasgow (2014), with the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, the London Jazz Festival (2013) with John Russell's Quaqua Ensemble; Banlieues Bleues, Paris (2012) in a sextet with Evan Parker, Ikue Mori, Mark Nauseef, Matt Wright, and Toma Gouband; Freedom of the City, London (2011) in a duet with Lawrence Casserley, an octet with Evan Parker, and with the London Improvisors Orchestra; the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK) with the LFO Orchestra (2010), the John Butcher Group (2008), and solo double bass and electronics (2006); the Guelph Jazz Festival (Canada, 2010) on solo double bass and electronics; the London Jazz Festival (2009) with Lawrence Casserley; the Total Music Meeting in Berlin (2008) in a quartet with Evan Parker, Peter Evans, and Richard Barrett, and a quintet with Fred van Hove, John Edwards, Louis Moholo-Moholo, and Tomek Choloniewski; and the MusikTriennale in Cologne (2007), with the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.

Linson is currently based in the UK."

-Adam Linson Website (http://percent-s.com/#biography)
11/15/2017

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"Paul Lytton (born 8 March 1947, London) is an English free jazz percussionist.

Lytton began on drums at age 16. He played jazz in London in the late 1960s while taking lessons on the tabla from P.R. Desai. In 1969 he began experimenting with free improvisational music, working in a duo with saxophonist Evan Parker. After adding bassist Barry Guy, the ensemble became the Evan Parker Trio. He and Parker continued to work together into the 2000s; more recent releases include trio releases with Marilyn Crispell in 1996 (Natives and Aliens) and 1999 (After Appleby).

A founding member of the London Musicians Collective, Lytton worked extensively on the London free improvisation scene in the 1970s, and aided Paul Lovens in the foundation of the Aachen Musicians' Cooperative in 1976.

Lytton has toured North America and Japan both solo and with improvisational ensembles. In 1999, he toured with Ken Vandermark and Kent Kessler, and recorded with Vandermark on English Suites. Lytton also collaborated with Jeffrey Morgan (alto & tenor saxophone), with whom he recorded the CD "Terra Incognita" Live in Cologne, Germany.

He played also on White Noise's pioneer electronic pop music album An Electric Storm in 1969."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Lytton)
11/15/2017

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra
The Word For it Now
(FMR)
Guy, Barry / Marilyn Crispell / Paul Lytton
Deep Memory
(Intakt)
Takase, Aki / Alexander von Schlippenbach
So Long, Eric! Homage to Eric Dolphy
(Intakt)
Shibolet, Ariel / Axel Dorner
Erlichsich
(Creative Sources)
Bull, Arthur / John Heward / Adam Linson
Trio
(Ambiances Magnetiques)
Lewis, George & Splitter Ochester
Creative Construction Set
(Mikroton Recordings)
Denzler, Bertrand / Antonin Gerbal / Alex Dorner
Le Ring
(Confront)
Schall Und Rausch (Mukarji / Arrias / Dorner / Fagaschinski)
Vapour
(Confront)
Hein, Nicola / Paul Lytton
Nahezu Nicht
(Creative Sources)
Peeping Tom (Dorner / Badaroux / Grip / Gerbal)
Four Girls
(Umlaut Records)
Oki, Itapu / Axel Dorner
Root Of Bohemian
(Improvising Beings)
Lytton, Paul
?!
(Pleasure of the Text Records)
Perry, Frank
Temple Of The Ancient Magical Presence
(FMR)
Wachtelaer, Dirk
Vanishing Pictures
(FMR)
Contest of (More) Pleasures, The (Dorner / Pallandre / Butcher / Sassi / Charles)
Ulrichsberg
(Confront)
Parker, Evan / Paul Rutherford / Hans Schneider / Paul Lytton
Waterloo 1985
(Emanem)
Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
At The Vortex
(Emanem)
Blume / Denley / Dorner / Mattos / Wachsmann
LINES in Australia
(Emanem)
Wooley, Nate
Seven Storey Mountain III and IV [2 CDs]
(Pleasure of the Text Records)
Trumpets and Drums (Wooley / Evans / Black / Lytton)
Live in Ljubljana
(Clean Feed)
Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
Live at Maya Recordings Festival [VINYL 2 LPs]
(NoBusiness)
Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
Live at Maya Recordings Festival
(NoBusiness)
Parker, Evan
Hasselt
(psi)
Parker, Evan / Paul Lytton
Collective Calls (Urban)
(psi)
Peeping Tom (Dorner / Badaroux / Grip / Gerbal)
Boperation
(Umlaut Records)
Dorner, Axel & Jassem Hindi
waterkil [WHITE VINYL]
(Corvo)
Lytton / Wooley + Ikue Mori and Ken Vandermark
The Nows [2 CDs]
(Clean Feed)
Parker / Schlippenbach / Guy / Lovens / Lytton
2X3=5
(Leo)
Various Artists
The Intelligent Dancer [DVD]
(Absinth Records)
Kanon (Aki Takase, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Axel Dorner)
Beauty Is The Thing
(Doubtmusic)
Dorner, Axel
Super Axel Dorner
(Absinth Records)
Davies, Angharad / Axel Dorner
A.D.
(Another Timbre)
Wooley / Lytton
Creak Above 33
(psi)
Ino / Imai / Dorner / Tanaka
Rostbestandige Zeit [2 CDs]
(Doubtmusic)
Parker, Evan
Set
(psi)
Beins / Dorner / Hayward / Krebs
Phosphor 2
(Potlatch)
Wooley / Lytton / Grubbs
Seven Storey Mountain
(Important Records)
Mahall / Dorner / Roder / Jennessen
Die Enttauschung - 5
(Intakt)
Toot (Axel Dorner / Thomas Lehn / Phil Minton)
two
(Another Timbre)
Electrics, The
Chain of Accidents
(Ayler)
Butcher / Charles / Dorner - The Contest of Pleasures
Tempestuous
(Another Timbre)
Mahall / Dorner / Roder / Jennessen
Die Enttauschung
(Intakt)
Parker, Evan
Hook, Drift & Shuffle
(psi)
Hubsch's Primordial Soup, Carl Ludwig
Primordial Soup
(Red Toucan)
Electrics, The
Live at Glenn Miller Cafe
(Ayler Records)
Butcher / Charles / Dorner - The Contest of Pleasures
Alibi Days
(Potlatch)
ONJO: Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra
ONJO
(Doubtmusic)
Various Artists
Free Zone Appleby 2004
(psi)
Dunmall, Paul
In Your Shell Like
(Emanem)
Sandell, Sten / David Stackenas with Parker / Guy / Lytton
Gubbrora
(psi)
Parker, Evan Trio & Peter Brotzmann Trio
The Bishop's Move
(Les Disques Victo)
Johansson, Sven-Ake / Doerner, Axel / Neumann, Andrea
Barcelona Series
(Hatology)
Parker, Evan / Paul Lytton
At the Unity Theatre
(psi)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra
The Word For it Now
(FMR)
Guy, Barry / Marilyn Crispell / Paul Lytton
Deep Memory
(Intakt)
Takase, Aki / Alexander von Schlippenbach
So Long, Eric! Homage to Eric Dolphy
(Intakt)
Shibolet, Ariel / Axel Dorner
Erlichsich
(Creative Sources)
Lewis, George & Splitter Ochester
Creative Construction Set
(Mikroton Recordings)
Denzler, Bertrand / Antonin Gerbal / Alex Dorner
Le Ring
(Confront)
Schall Und Rausch (Mukarji / Arrias / Dorner / Fagaschinski)
Vapour
(Confront)
Hein, Nicola / Paul Lytton
Nahezu Nicht
(Creative Sources)
Oki, Itapu / Axel Dorner
Root Of Bohemian
(Improvising Beings)
Perry, Frank
Temple Of The Ancient Magical Presence
(FMR)
Wachtelaer, Dirk
Vanishing Pictures
(FMR)
Contest of (More) Pleasures, The (Dorner / Pallandre / Butcher / Sassi / Charles)
Ulrichsberg
(Confront)
Parker, Evan / Paul Rutherford / Hans Schneider / Paul Lytton
Waterloo 1985
(Emanem)
Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
At The Vortex
(Emanem)
Blume / Denley / Dorner / Mattos / Wachsmann
LINES in Australia
(Emanem)
Wooley, Nate
Seven Storey Mountain III and IV [2 CDs]
(Pleasure of the Text Records)
Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
Live at Maya Recordings Festival [VINYL 2 LPs]
(NoBusiness)
Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
Live at Maya Recordings Festival
(NoBusiness)
Parker, Evan
Hasselt
(psi)
Parker, Evan / Paul Lytton
Collective Calls (Urban)
(psi)
Dorner, Axel & Jassem Hindi
waterkil [WHITE VINYL]
(Corvo)
Parker / Schlippenbach / Guy / Lovens / Lytton
2X3=5
(Leo)
Various Artists
The Intelligent Dancer [DVD]
(Absinth Records)
Kanon (Aki Takase, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Axel Dorner)
Beauty Is The Thing
(Doubtmusic)
Dorner, Axel
Super Axel Dorner
(Absinth Records)
Davies, Angharad / Axel Dorner
A.D.
(Another Timbre)

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