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Candlesnuffer & Lukas Simonis: Nature Stands Aside (Z6 Records)

Australian improvising guitarist Candlesnuffer (David Brown) and Dutch guitarist Lukas Simonis in an album inspired by photographer Rosamund Purchell's book: "Special Cases: Natural Anomalies and Historical Monsters".

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Label: Z6 Records
Catalog ID: Z6009060300
Squidco Product Code: 15254

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded in 2007 and 2008 at Studio L6S, Rotterdam.



Lukas Simonis

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track listing:

1. Toothless Nonhuman Carnivore 9:49

2. Twins In A Bottle 5:15

3. Morph My Logic 4:54

4. The Hirsute Man 5:12

5. A Happy Life At The Expense Of Others 7:49

6. Hottentot Venus 7:52

7. Dwarf Elevated To Divine Status 10:08

8. Mermaid Giving Birth To Twins While Kissing Her Consort 2:34
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"What is a monster? In a musical context.... it's either the most horrible noise you can experience or, is it a new version of "4.33"? But horrible noise can be turned down, and "4.33" is very bearable if you've got a good book (or "40.33" for that matter). Then there is 'Neoliberalism', it's supposed to be the natural order of things. Just ask Ayn Rand (if she were still alive) and her 'objectivism'. There's so much information in the world that tells us we're mistaken, we're failing miserably, we're doing the wrong thing because it's not 'natural', 'objective' or 'logical' (all of these?). And the main point of this indoctrination; the 5 billion people that never listen to anything, who are slightly out of touch with day-to-day reality, they must be right (they're in democratic heaven, together with all those Elvis fans).

The ideas and concepts of the CD, Nature Stands Aside are partly inspired by Rosamund Purcell's study Special Cases. Doing 'abstract' stuff and actually 'improvising' (even worse!) means 'failing the best we can'.

For some strange reason we revisited the recordings a year after they were conceived and we were very fond of what we heard. And also we saw, in reading Purcell's study of natural anomalies, obvious similarities that reflected 'irregularities' inherent in our sounds. Maybe nature is a subjective subject after all? 'Nature Stands Aside' shows us that too loud, too soft, no rhythms, no melodious structures, sounds in the wrong place, cracks in the right place, are concepts that have more to do with our fears & sentiments than with reality. In other words; if we finally flush the obsolete concept of Darwinism & all who sail with that, we might find that ,after the decline of Capitalist 'Civilization', people start being curious 'again' and give the stuff that doesn't fit into their daily routine a chance. (don't count on it mate)."-Z6 Records

David Brown has performed regularly at the What Is Music? festival since 1996, the Melbourne and Wangaratta Jazz festivals, the Articulating Space festival, the Nownow Festival, plus featured performances at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 2002, the Podewil Centre in Berlin in 2003 and extensive tours of numerous European cities with Pateras/Baxter/Brown in October 2004, November 2006 and May 2007. In October/November 2008 Pateras/Baxter/Brown again toured Europe, this time performances in France and Switzerland were undertaken with their compatriots 'The Necks.' In 2005, 2006 and 2008 respectively, Brown made contributions to the soundtracks of the motion pictures 'Wolf Creek' and 'Rogue' and 'The Square' composed by Franc Tetaz. Brown has also contributed performances and live accompaniment to the soundtrack 'Au Revelateur', composed by Philip Brophy."-David Brown Website

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