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Craig Hilton (guzheng, laptop) and Tomas Phillips (laptop) take a studio recording for solo guzheng and both add layers to and dismantle the piece using a series of low frequencies and isolated microsounds.

Hilton, Craig & Tomas Phillips
le gout de neant

Hilton, Craig & Tomas Phillips: le gout de neant (Absinth Records)
Label: Absinth Records    
Released in: Germany    

The collaboration between Tomas Phillips and Craig Hilton runs a fine line between composition and improvisation and digital and acoustic properties. Utilizing a series of low frequencies, isolated microsounds and processed guzheng improvisation, their work attempts to generate an immersive sound environment that allows space for the listener to be an active participant in the music, thus inviting a particular quality of engagement beyond the confines of casual listening. The opening track, "Sans mouvement I," is a studio recording for solo guzheng; the following compositions utilize this material and continue adding layers while paradoxically stripping the compositional field to a minimalist tapestry of sonic events. Le Goût du néant marks their first joint effort. While not necessarily following the hopeless sensibility of Baudelaire's poem - from which the music takes its name - this collection of tracks does exercise a certain austerity. And it is within such an atmosphere of "nothingness" (néant), the music might suggest, where "je contemple d'en haut le globe en sa roundeur" ("from heights I contemplate the roundness of the world") - a deceptively simple goal.

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Product Information:

Label: Absinth Records
Catalog ID: 019
Squidco Product Code: 16337

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Germany
Packaging: CD inside handmade 7" foldover, in hand stitched vellum sleeve
Recorded in 2009 and 2010 at Gauche Studios.


Craig Hilton-guzheng, laptop

Tomas Phillips-laptop

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Track Listing:

1. sans mouvement I 10:02

2. sans mouvement II 7:23

3. le gout de neant 23:49

4. sans mouvement III 15:12