During his residency in Vienna as part of Johannes Heuer's "Vor Anker", Kuchen recorded these curious solo works using saxophone and preparations, 6 pieces of understated intent using unconventional approaches rewarding the active listener.
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Country: Great Britain
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Recorded at Die Expedithalle, Vienna, Austria, on October 14th, 2013 by Christoph Amann.
Martin Kuchen-prepared saxophone
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1. Million Sq Ft Of Masonry 6:26
2. Million Sq Ft Of Painted Surfaces 6:21
3. Million Sq Ft Of Flooring 8:24
4. 600,000 Sq Ft Of Window Glass 6:44
5. 1200 Elevators 7:27
6. Ritual Defamation In Vienna 8:27
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"During October 2013, Martin Kuchen participated in an residency in Vienna called Vor Anker, hosted by the artist Johannes Heuer. Throughout the residency, Martin embarked on an intense recording schedule located in the city's structually unique Expedithalle. Built in 1912 and formally Europe's largest bread factory prior to World War II, the enormous hall in which the recordings took place was the dispatch depot were horse drawn carts would distribute bread to the population of Vienna.
Martin Küchen has been active on the Swedish free improvised/free jazz scene since the mid-1990s. He has composed for larger groups, participated in dance projects, performed with different poets and created the music for experimental films."-Confront
"Rumblings. That's how it starts. That's how it always starts. A buzz in the distance, a hum, distortions, but then it starts coming closer. Closer. Like a heartbeat to the ear. Or a tank. Maybe that's how it sounded to my forefather's as they came rolling through Norway in the 1940's. Or to Martin Küchen's family in Sweden. It's also how his new album begins though the first track never reaches the roar of a tank. Just a fuzzy child's toy. But it is ominous much like his brilliant 2012 Hellstorm album recorded in a church and inspired by the Nazi occupation and "the world's worst war" (liner notes). Buzzing, puffed breaths, humming, textures...these are all musical landscapes in Küchen's world and you can't help but pay attention. He never screams or shouts, even when he is actually playing his sax, but you can't help and listen closer. That is his gift. And he never uses a cliché. Ever. It's just not in his DNA. I imagine he doesn't even know what it means. It appears he is in his own little world. These compositions on this album are very well not like anything else you will hear this year (or maybe any other year). There are other great players, such as Arve Henriksen with his trumpet, who mine some of the same territory as Mr. Küchen but with them it almost sounds like an experiment, an affectation or dissatisfaction with their instrument but not here. Küchen is exploring his own personal space and doesn't even know we're listening and that's fine with me (and I bet with him too). Please understand, this is a delicate recording but not a fragile artist. To make music this bold and carefree you can't possibly give a damn. And I think that's the point and why, to me, it's all the more powerful. A bit self-indulgent? Sure. That's why I don't give it 5 stars but otherwise I say bravo. Highly recommended."-Ed Pettersen, freejazzblog.org
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"Born 1966; saxophones. Martin Küchen has been active on the Swedish free improvised/free jazz scene since the mid-1990s. He has composed for larger groups, participated in dance projects, performed with different poets and created the music for experimental films. He now collaborates with improvisors all over Europe and USA/Canada. His current collaborations include:
Angles - a new trio with Ingebrigt Håker- Flaten, doublebass, Kjell Nordeson, drums and Martin Küchen, saxophones. Exploding Customer - a free jazz quartet with Tomas Hallonsten trumpet, Benjamin Quigley double bass and Kjell Nordeson drums, which plays mainly original compositions. Sound of Mucus - a trio with the stringchordist Herman Müntzing and Andreas Axelsson, percussion. Unsolicited Music Ensemble - a trio with Tony Wren, double bass and Raymond Strid, percussion. a duo with guitarist David Stackenås. UNSK: Birgit Ulher, Martin Küchen, lise-Lott Norelius and Raymond Strid. Looper - a trio with Greek cello player Nikos Veliotis and Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach."-European Free Improv Site (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/mkuchen.html)
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