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Fessenden: v1.1 <i>[Used Item]</i> (Other Electricities)

The Fessenden trio, also heard on Utech Records, blur the margins of electroacoustic improvised music in puzzling and illuminating ways.

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PROMO COPY w/ hole punched reverse sleeve

UPC: 619981244527

Label: Other Electricities
Catalog ID: OE010
Squidco Product Code: 20877

Format: CD
Condition: VG+
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Strobe Recording, May 2006.

This is a USED (previously owned) item


Joshua Convey-bass

Stephen Fiehn-guitar

Steven Hess-drums, vibraphone

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track listing:

1. not-sleeping, just resting

2. mid-swing

3. diode

4. a walk in the park

5. peakV/Z* sin

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"Comprised of bassist Joshua Convey, guitarist Stephen Fiehn and drummer/vibraphonist Steven Hess, all of whom double on electronics, the chroma-key dissolves created by Fessenden immediately recall another enigmatic trio, Radian. Both groups comfortably blur the margins of electroacoustic improvisation, treat the fertile environs of performance and studio as one in the same, and wreak havoc with what us misbegotten mortals construe as "sound" and "music." Like the CD booklet's prismatic lightrays, more brilliant than a dozen suns, Fessenden's constructions simultaneously illuminate and puzzle.

Evidenced by the group's brittle causal events, Other Electricities might have scorched the sky with the release of V1.1, divvying up a catalog whose ear wasn't exactly bent towards abject experimentalism. Right from the opening "Not Sleeping, Just Resting," you know you're not in Kansas anymore (hell, not even within Earthly confines). Dischordant, low-pitched grumbles oscillate below strangely ritualistic shaker noises and what sounds like a half-muted wail foggily pulsing off the event horizon; it's an ominous start, wholly cinematic, indistinct, and even mildly scary, something at odds with the usual run of post-Tortoise impressionists who have traded chance opportunity for more polite contemporary "hard bop" variants. Following this is "Mid-Swing," about as un-metric and far away from the annals of "dance" as is stylistically possible. Convey lets loose a series of bass thrombosi over which Hess melts, oozes, and convulses a conglomerate of metals and mysterious fibrous scuttles; turning up the dial on his amp, guitarist Fiehn unfurls a curdling pattern of spindly patterns that effectively split open the surroundings. This sense of all things vibrating off of shiny chrome surfaces reaches its apex on "Diode," where Radian's ghostdigital paraphernalia finds its doppelganger in Fessenden's morass of pinging synthetics, phased-out dial tones, and stinging acid rain.

Improv, particularly of the electroacoustic variety, has for years retreated into the less confrontational elements of microsound and minimalism, afraid of its shadow, embracing instead great tracts of silence in what has often seemed a vainglorious search for new "frontiers." Some of those recordings have well indeed been enormously successful; conversely, in their controlled chaos, in the bracing complexity of their arrangements, Fessenden appear unafraid to bring on the noise, hook up the toys, and parry with the big boys."-Darren Bergstein, The Squid's Ear

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Artist Biographies:

"Steven Hess (b. 1969); Drums, Percussion, Electronics/

Steven Hess currently resides in Chicago where he probably best known as the drummer for the experimental/industrial metal band, LOCRIAN (Relapse Records), and the instrumental trio, RLYR (Magic Bullet Records), percussionist for the ultra-minimal electro-acoustic group, HAPTIC, as well as a member of, CLEARED (Immune Recordings), the Vienna/Chicago trio, INNODE (Editions Mego), and the monster jazz sextet NEXT DELUSION (Clean Feed/Shameless) fronted by the Berlin reedsman, Boris Hauf. He is as equally comfortable performing in the improvised / experimental community as he his playing in the vibrant metal/noise scene happening in Chicago (and worldwide). He can be heard on many recordings, which include releases on labels such as, Relapse Records, Profound Lore, Kranky, Utech Records, Type, Thrill Jockey, Immune Recordings, Clean Feed, and many others. He has performed live in quite a few places throughout North America, Europe and Japan.

He has collaborated/recorded/performed with the likes of:

Fennesz, Pan•American, Anjou, Sylvain Chauveau, Stefan Németh, Mamiffer, Robert Hampson, David Daniell, Helge Sten (aka Deathprod), Martin Seiwert, Frank Rosaly, Machinefabriek, Jon Mueller, Dave Rempis, Christopher McFall, Jason Stein, Jenks Miller, Tony Buck, Boris Hauf, Glenn Kotche, Reto Mäder, and Michel "Away" Langevin, amongst numerous others.

He's performed internationally at Skaņu Mežs (LV), Roadburn (NL), Transmissions Festival (IT), Mutek Festival (CAN), Adventures In Modern Music - Presented by the WIRE (US), TodaysArt Festival (NL), Unsound (POL), DudeFest (BE), Interpenetrations Festival (AT), Dis-Patch (Serbia), Decibel Festival (US), Kontracom 06 (AT), Musikprotokoll (AT), CTM Berlin (DE), Musique Action Festival (FR), NXNW (US), SXSW (US), DNA Festival (US), Chicago Sound Maps 2010 (US), Hopscotch Festival (US), Interzone Festival (Serbia), Framework Festival (DE), Substrata (US), Denton 35 (US), Utech Records Music Festival (US), Boomslang (US), and has toured throughout North America, Europe and Japan."

-Steven Hess Tumblr Website (

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