Sparse yet intently focused interaction with unusual timbre and technique in the 2nd release from the working duo of Hans Koch (Koch-Schutz-Studer) and Gaudenz Badrutt (strom), pairing reeds and electronics in micro-world improvisations that delight in subtlety.
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Catalog ID: ccs 55
Squidco Product Code: 21924
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: CD in a tin case
Recorded in La Voirie, Biel/Bienne 2014.
Hans Koch-bass clarinet, soprano saxophone
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1. I 3:07
2. II 13:09
3. III 3:27
4. IV 5:54
5. V 5:33
6. VI 3:51
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"Social Insects are the bass clarinet player Hans Koch and the electronic musician Gaudenz Badrutt. They have collaborated on various musical projects for years and in 2011 founded the duo.
Hans Koch is mainly known as a member of the Hardcore Chambermusic Trio Koch-Schutz-Studer, but also as a soloist as well as for his collaborations with Phil Minton, Fred Frith, Paul Lovens etc. As a bass clarinet player he has developed a very personal style.
The electronic musician Gaudenz Badrutt is mainly known as one half of the electroacoustic duo strom (together with Christian Mueller, electronics), as well as part of the duo Jonas Kocher (accordion) - Gaudenz Badrutt. His music is coined by a very instrumental use of computer/live sampling and electronic devices.
The music of the duo Koch-Badrutt stems from sparse musical material; creating pieces that live on lightness, density, fragility and humour."-Confront
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"Hans Koch plays bass clarinet and soprano saxophone. He has played alongside of musicians such as Cecil Taylor, Evan Parker, Fred Frith, Paul Lovens, Barry Guy, Barre Phillips, Phil Minton, Peter Kowald, Hans Reichel, Tom Cora, Jim O'Rourke, Fennesz, Elliott Sharp, Anthony Coleman, DJ M. Singe, Voicecrack, Günter Müller, Jean-Marc Montera, and Joëlle Léandre in Europe, America, and Asia-and still managed to maintain his association with the Koch-Schütz-Studer Trio. He has put out compact discs on various labels."-ActuelleCD.com (Dame, Ambiances Magnetiques) (http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/koch_ha/)
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