This meeting of 5 EA-Improv heavyweights from Europe and the Pacific US happened during the MKM trio tour in Northern America 2010, capturing this extended performance at CalArts for 40 minutes of engaging, burbling electronics, pulses, and short wave introspection.
Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: 36
Squidco Product Code: 20178
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at the California Institute of the Arts, in Los Angeles, California, on September 5th, 2010, by Jason Kahn.
Casey Anderson-computer-objects, radio
Jason Kahn-analog synthesizer, radio, mixing board
Norbert Moslang-cracked everyday-electronics
Gunter Muller-ipods, electronics
Mark Trayle-computer, guitar
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European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"The meeting of heavyweights of electroacoustic improvisation from Europe and the Pacific United States happened during MKM trio tour in Northern America. This recording, at CalArts in 2010, yielded interesting results: a nervous displacement of noises and rich sonorous timbres.
Casey Anderson, from Los Angeles, works with sound in a number of media from composition and improvisation to installations. On Five Lines he played a combination of digital and analog instruments of his own design (using radio, contact microphones, laptop, graphics tablet, etc.). In addition to making music he is a co-founder and editor of the Experimental Music Yearbook and releases music on his Khalija Records (which he runs with Wyatt Keusch).
Jason Kahn, Günter Müller and Norbert Möslang, all from Switzerland, comprise MKM trio, spontaneously founded in 2006 in Tokyo during their Japanese tour. They immediately achieved very fine results and collaborate since then. Their sound hovers between the at times harsh rhythmic noise of Norbert Möslang's cracked everyday electronics and the rich sonorities of Günter Müller's percussion-based samples and electronics. Jason Kahn's work on analog synthesizer bridges these two worlds, adding high frequency interference and processed piezo microphone and short wave radio input. Günter Müller launched Mikroton with his beautiful and rich Cym_Bowl and featured later on Limmat along with Jason Kahn and Christian Wolfarth, which was also Kahn's second project following Planes with Asher. Five Lines is Möslang's second project after Stodgy, a duo with eRikm.
Mark Trayle, also from Los Angeles, is known for his widely structurally shifting sound work and his ability to come to grips with technological extremes and misappropriate the values of sound art for his own provocative and unique ends. He released his radical recordings with Jason Kahn, Toshimaru Nakamura and Christian Kesten to name a few. On Five Lines he occupies himself with the destabilization of the sound world and misuse of guitar.
Five Lines sounds like a title of music based on a linear structure. But it's the other world of continuous dislocation and permutation of multiplicity of sound units and constant change of sound density. The music will appeal to enthusiasts of noise, experimental electronics and improvised music."-Mikroton
"Sometimes it seems that there is tons of archive material waiting to be released. On the quintet CD by Casey Anderson (computer, objects, radio), Jason Kahn (analog synthesizer, radio, mixing board), Norbert Moslang (cracked everyday-electronics), Gunter Muller (ipod, electronics) and Mark Trayle (computer, guitar) we find a recording from September 5, 2010 from Los Angeles. I never heard of Anderson and Trayle (I think), but whatever it is they do, it fits nicely along with the three Swiss masters of improvisation. Surprisingly (well, or not), this album sounds very electronic; lots of shortwave like sounds, piercing electronic sounds, scratching, oscillations and even something that one could say is some kind of rhythm - odd as it may seem, and very un-dancelike as it is. These forty minutes are quite intense and dynamic. There is always something happening somewhere and the listener never gets a moment of rest, which in this work is actually something very nice. It goes on andon, and it bursts with energy. Best crackle crackled improvisation I heard in a while!"-Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly
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• Show Bio for Jason Kahn
" is a musician, artist and writer. He was born 1960 in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He re-located to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zürich.
As an electronic musician, vocalist and drummer Kahn collaborates regularly with many musicians, both in improvised settings and in the context of graphical scores which he composes for specific groups.
Kahn has exhibited his installations in museums, galleries, art spaces and public sites internationally. These works focus on the idea of space: the conceptual and physical juncture points, its production and dissolution, and our relation to it as a political, social and environmental medium.
Kahn's other activities include sound pieces for radio, film, dance and theater. He has also designed numerous CD, LP and cassette covers. As a writer, his work has appeared in books, magazines and as liner notes to many audio publications.
Performing regularly around the world, Kahn has given concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and South Africa.
In 2011 Kahn started the Editions imprint to publish his own recordings and writings."-Jason Kahn Website (http://www.jasonkahn.net/biography/index.html)
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• Show Bio for Gunter Muller
"Born München, Germany, 1954; drums and electronics. Though born in Germany, Günter Müller has lived in Switzerland since 1966. From 1981 he has been playing a unique drum set with a mobile pick-up and microphone system of his own invention which allows hand-generated sounds on drums and percussion to be modulated electronically. Since 1998 minidiscs, and since 2002 an ipod, have been included in his electronic set. Nowadays he often plays ipod and electronics only.
Müller was a founding member of the trio Nachtluft, with Andres Bosshard and Jacques Widmer, a group that have created sound-installations and sound-architecture, and of the electronic quartet POIRE_Z with Erik M and Voice Crack. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts: solo; in ad-hoc groupings; and often in duo with, among others, Taku Sugimoto, Jason Kahn, Steinbrüchel, Norbert Möslang, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tomas Korber, Lê Quan Ninh, Keith Rowe, Erikm, Carlos Zingaro, Sachiko M, Michel Doneda and Fabrice Charles. Günter Müller runs the record label For 4 Ears.-European Free Improv (EFI) (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mmuller.html)
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Anderson, Casey / Jason Kahn / Norbert Moslang / Gunter Muller / Mark Trayle