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Impulsive Machinations (Thollem McDonas + Sara Lund): Conformity Contortion (New Atlantis)

Based on pianist Thollem McDonas' Electric's Keyngdrum Overdrive, a series of duos with different drummers, here debuts the pairing of McDonas on distorted Fender Rhodes and drummer Sara Lund, for 7 grungy and intricate recordings of rhythmic riffs.

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UPC: 616892198246

Label: New Atlantis
Catalog ID: NA-CD-017
Squidco Product Code: 20151

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2014
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
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Thollem McDonas-Fender rhodes

Sara Lund-drums

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track listing:

1. We Only Exist When We're Thought Of 6:42

2. Seven Billion Simultaneous Thoughts 8:00

3. Synaptic Ripples Reverberating 5:47

4. Philosophical Ecstasy 4:47

5. The Ageless Of Reason 1:58

6. More Than One Why Is Why's 11:07

7. Anarchy And Molecules 3:34
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Improvised Music
Piano & Keyboards
Percussion & Drums
Duo Recordings
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"The debut full length from Impulsive Machinations. Comprised of Thollem Electric on distorted Fender Rhodes, and kinetic drummer Sara Lund, the duo's sound is monolithic, rollicking and forceful- the sum of Thollem's coiling, fluid lines and Sara's thunderous backbeats made manifest. Impulsive Machinations blossomed from Thollem Electric's Keyngdrum Overdrive, a series of recordings documenting Thollem playing in duo with a wide-ranging cadre of drummers. Typically recorded with a digital portable stereo recorder, the sessions are informal and spirited, ably reflecting the prescience and symbioses afforded by great sessions of free improvisation.

Sam Coomes (of Quasi and many more...) sums up the dynamic of Conformity contortion handily in the liner notes for the record... "Lund comes at improvisation from a rock angle, and Thollem comes at rock from an improvisational angle, and they collide in a volatile and elusive zone, where you can hear the thought process, the disposition, the musical history of the players as they push and pull each other into mutually simpatico musical spaces, on the fly... For me, the concept of freedom that really matters is, how free does the music make you feel?"

This is Thollem's second release with New Atlantis- the first, Dub Narcotic Session, documented his collaboration with drummer Brian Chase (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs). A brief cross-section of his many collaborators would include members of The Stooges, The Minutemen, Deerhoof, Wilco, Can, and many more. Some of his many projects include Tsigoti, The Hand To Man Band, and Bad News From Houston. Thollem has been touring perpetually for 7 years, and has released more than 35 albums of his own and in collaboration with others on 15 different vanguard labels.

Sara Lund has been providing beats and exploring rhythm since age 11. She is best known for her work as the drummer for Unwound (1992-2002). Sara's recent projects include Hungry Ghost, and The Corin Tucker Band, as well as both 77Boadrum & 88Boadrum orchestras with the Boredoms (and 76 & 87 other drummers). It is tremendously refreshing to hear her improvising on record, pushing the music and helping to forge a fresh amalgam in the process. This is music with a sense of place and reverence for that which has come before, unrepentant in its willingness to shirk the confines of genre for the sake of making something new."-New Atlantis

Artist Biographies:

"Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, organist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He's spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. His work is ever changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. Though Thollem's widely known as an acoustic piano player, he's also the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and has recently branched out significantly into the world of electronics through a multitude of projects.

Thollem was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, studying the standard classical piano repertoire, composing and improvising since he was a young child and absorbing the myriad of sounds of his culturally diverse upbringing. After dedicating his 20s and 30s to grassroots political activism, he's refocused his attention these last 15 years on a breadth of musics that incorporate his myriad experiences and curiosities. In this last decade alone, he has played well over 1,000 concerts throughout N. America and Europe as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. As leader or co-leader, he has released over 50 albums in that span on 22 different vanguard labels to international critical acclaim. "Thollem is an astounding pianist who understands the huge scope of the instrument" (Terry Riley) and who continues to delve into the furthest reaches and sub-genres of Post-Classical, Free Jazz, Noise, Punk, dance and film. A brief cross section of his many recent collaborators include William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Stefano Scodanibbio, Nels Cline, Mike Watt, Rob Mazurek, Martha Colburn and ACVilla. He is the founding director of Estamos Ensemble, a Mexican-American cross border ensemble for musical exchange as well as the lead singer of the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti. Presently Thollem is developing an audio/visual experience about America through an 8 month, 48 state odyssey with his partner the videographer ACVilla. He's also a published author about art, politics and his travels in The Anthology of Essays On Deep Listening, Full Moon Magazine (Prague) and First American Art Magazine."

-Thollem McDonas Website (

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