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German electroacoustic composer Boris Hegenbart used the exclusive recordings of 19 invited musicians and sound artists to rebuild and reconstruct their music in suprising ways; artists include Fred Frith, David Grubbs, Oren Ambarchi, Felix Kubin, &c. &c.

Hegenbart, Boris & 19 Artists (Frith / Ambarchi / Grubbs / Brandlmary / &c)
Instrumentarium [VINYL 2 LPs]

Hegenbart, Boris & 19 Artists (Frith / Ambarchi / Grubbs / Brandlmary / &c): Instrumentarium [VINYL (God Records)
Label: God Records    
Released in: Austria    

"Eight years ago, Boris Hegenbart began turning his interests in Dub principles into reality and during this period of time, he made his collaborations with (or if you want, he made commissions for) monumental artists, such as Fred Frith (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Skeleton Crew, Naked City, Material, Massacre), David Grubbs (Gastr del Sol, Codeine ), Oren Ambarchi (Burial Chamber Trio, Sunn O)))), Martin Brandlmayr (Radian, Polwechsel), Felix Kubin, Ulrich Krieger (Metal Machine Trio), etc...

The principle was simple: artists did overdub recordings with Hegenbart's material, which would be later transformed, using studio as an instrument, as a typical work process that features 99% history of dub sound. But in this case, dub is only a statement or concept, which means, there are no typical dub trademarks and tools (delay, reverb). This leads to only one result:

This double vinyl master piece, is nothing more then a perfect homogenous collection of so many different personalities at the same place/record. The hardest and the greatest achievement, is to connect all of them into one musical milestone, something that Boris Hegenbart succeeded without highfaluting."-God Records

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"Born 1966; bass player and composer; studied upright bass at Innsbruck Conservatory and Graz University in Austria. Developed a new musical language on the bass; numerous concerts and perfomances all around Europe and USA; works for radio, dance, theater, film and sound-installations among others with Sam Auinger, Isabella Bordoni, Markus Binder, Hans Platzgummer, Toshi Nakamura, Rupert Huber, D.Offenhuber, Bruce Odland, Chris Kondek and many others; cooperation with Sam Auinger under the name "Tamtamclub"; has found the group "Paloma" with Hanno Leichtmann; solo recordings under bassmann; lives in Berlin."

-Kunstradio (

"Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, "re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it's no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it's a laboratory for extended sonic investigation". (The Wire, UK).

Oren Ambarchi's works are hesitant and tense extended songforms located in the cracks between several schools: modern electronics and processing; laminal improvisation and minimalism; hushed, pensive songwriting; the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers such as Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier; and the physicality of rock music, slowed down and stripped back to its bare bones, abstracted and replaced with pure signal.

From the late 90's his experiments in guitar abstraction and extended technique have led to a more personal and unique sound-world incorporating a broader palette of instruments and sensibilities. On recent releases such as Grapes From The Estate and In The Pendulum's Embrace Ambarchi has employed glass harmonica, strings, bells, piano, drums and percussion, creating fragile textures as light as air which tenuously coexist with the deep, wall-shaking bass tones derived from his guitar.

Ambarchi works with simple constructs and parameters; exploring one idea over an extended duration and patiently teasing every nuance and implication from each texture; the phenomena of sum and difference tones; carefully tended arrangements that unravel gently; unprepossessing melodies that slowly work their way through various permutations; resulting in an otherworldly, cumulative impact of patiently unfolding compositions.

Ambarchi has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists such as Fennesz, Otomo Yoshihide, Pimmon, Keiji Haino, John Zorn, Rizili, Voice Crack, Jim O'Rourke, Keith Rowe, Phill Niblock, Dave Grohl, Gunter Muller, Evan Parker, z'ev, Toshimaru Nakamura, Peter Rehberg, Merzbow and many more. Since 2004 Ambarchi has worked with American avant metal outfit Sunn 0))) contributing to many of their releases and side-projects including their Black One album from 2005 and the recent Monoliths & Dimensions release.

For 10 years together with Robbie Avenaim, Ambarchi was the co-organiser of the What Is Music? festival, Australia's premier annual showcase of local and international experimental music. The festival hosted over 200 local and international performers. Ambarchi now curates the Maximum Arousal series at The Toff In Town in Melbourne and has recently co-produced an Australian television series on experimental music called Subsonics. Ambarchi recently co-curated the sound program for the 2008 Yokohama Triennale."

-Oren Ambarchi Website (

"Multi-intrumentalist, composer, producer and performer Boris Hauf plays saxophones, flutes, synths, organ, various computer-based applications, cymbals, bells, rudimentary guitar and sings. He composes for large and small ensembles, performance artists, film, radio, soloists, video and installation art. More than 40 releases on vinyl, CD, tape and online. He initiated and curated the annual composition festival Chicago Sound Map in Chicago and the concert series Playdate in Berlin and lectures at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Hauf tours worldwide in a variety of bands, ensembles as well as in various performative contexts and if necessary as a solo artist. Current bands include Owl & Mack, Postmarks, Next Delusion, The Peeled Eye. As performer and composer he collaborates closely with Choreographers Christina Ciupke, Martin Nachbar, Karen Christopher and many others with in the performance context. He owns and runs the independent record label shameless and lives in Berlin, Germany."

-Boris Hauf Website (

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Label: God Records
Catalog ID: GOD 09
Squidco Product Code: 17085

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Austria
Packaging: 2 LPs in a Gatefold Sleeve
Mastered by Rashad Becker.


Boris Hegenbart-composer

Michael Vorfeld-percussion

Martin Siewert-guitar

Stephan Mathieu-drums

David Grubbs-tenor banjo

Jan Thoben-drums

Bernhard Gunter-electric cellotar

Sascha Demand-guitar

Hannes Strobl-bass, drums

Hanno Leichtmann-bass, drums

Oren Ambarchi-vocals, guitars, organ, bells, percussion, motorized cymbal

Marc Weiser-guitar, whistle

Martin Brandlmayr-drums

Christophe Charles-violin, stones, guitar, vocoder

Ed Osborn-guitar

Felix Kubin-electronic organ

F.S. Blumm-guitar

Boris Hauf-rhodes

Ulrich Krieger-saxophone

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Track Listing:


01. Boris Hegenbart & Michael Vorfeld (percussion) - m ginger v

02. Boris Hegenbart & Martin Siewert (guitar) - m makrobe s

03. Boris Hegenbart & Stephan Mathieu (drums) - s anode m

04. Boris Hegenbart & David Grubbs (tenor banjo) - d hermetik g


05. Boris Hegenbart & Jan Thoben (drums) - j gespog t

06. Boris Hegenbart & Bernhard Günter (electric cellotar) - b hermetik g

07. Boris Hegenbart & Sascha Demand (guitar) - s snooze d

08. Boris Hegenbart & Fred Frith (guitar) - f makrobe f


09. Boris Hegenbart & Hannes Strobl & Hanno Leichtmann (bass&drums) - h snooze h

10. Boris Hegenbart & Oren Ambarchi (vocals, guitars, bells, organ, percussion, motorized cymbal) - o feld a

11. Boris Hegenbart & Marc Weiser (guitar, whistle) - m makrobe w

12. Boris Hegenbart & Martin Brandlmayr (drums) - m makrobe b


13. Boris Hegenbart & Christophe Charles (violin&stones&guitar&vocoder) - c smip c

14. Boris Hegenbart & Ed Osborn (guitar) - e feld o

15. Boris Hegenbart & Felix Kubin (Electronic Organ) - f ink k

16. Boris Hegenbart & F.S.Blumm (guitar) - f frh b

17. Boris Hegenbart & Boris Hauf (Rhodes) - b crockl h

18. Boris Hegenbart & Ulrich Krieger (saxophone) - u anode k

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