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Jerman / Barnes


Jerman / Barnes: Karst [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Experimental sound artists Jeph Jerman and Tim Barnes continue the exploration heard in their erstwhile and Confront releases, here in two new tracks recorded in Arizona and Louisville as they prepared for their 2016 performance at the No Idea Festival in Austin, TX.

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS040
Squidco Product Code: 23955

Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded in Cottonwood, Arizona, and Louisville, Kentucky, by Tim Barnes, Jeph Jerman and Barry Wiesblat.


Jeph Jerman

Tim Barnes

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"Jeph Jerman is a musician who began his musical career drumming and playing in bar bands. In the 1980s, he became aware of other sonic possibilities for his drum kit and started learning to improvise and record his own music. During this time Jerman was a frequent collaborator with other musicians who were also exploring improvisational techniques. In the mid-1980s, Jerman founded a cassette label for the distribution of music by himself and friends. The label released over 50 cassettes, several LPs, and a short-lived magazine.

After relocating from Colorado to Seattle, Jerman continued playing with local groups of improvisers and began giving solo performances where he improvised with mostly natural found objects, a practice he continues today. He founded the first animist orchestra dedicated to making larger scale works using natural object play. In 1999, Jerman moved to Cottonwood, AZ. He continues to investigate sound and recording in many forms including field recordings, the building of crude sound making devices, and the effects of age and other damage to analog tape. Jerman's 2014 Grants to Artists award funded recording and touring with Tim Barnes. Jerman continues to collaborate with Dave Knott in a band collectively known as The Yes, Well, and with Tim Barnes, with whom collaborated on an FCA-supported record released in 2015 (Erstwhile Records.) Other CDs and works are available on Anomalous Records, Semperflorens, and Trait Media Works."

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"Tim Barnes is an internationally-known percussionist, electronic musician, and recording producer/engineer who has played and recorded with Sonic Youth, Wilco, Body/Head, Jim O'Rourke, Silver Jews, Neil Michael Hagerty and the Howling Hex, The Tower Recordings, The For Carnation, and MV+EE, as well as being featured in countless multiple other settings, from jazz-influenced free-improvisation to full-on rock n' roll. He is the Artistic Director of DREAMLAND, and also runs the newly-revived Quakebasket record label (best known for its mid-1990s archival releases of solo work by Angus MacLise, poet and original drummer for the Velvet Underground). A California native, Tim moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 2007 from his longtime musical base, New York City."

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1. Scumbling 19:01


1. Karst 11:04

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"Karst features all new music from the duo recorded in Arizona and Louisville, each side showcases the duo's incredibly unique sound. Jerman / Barnes have been on quite the tear lately, starting with the stunning "Matterings" for Erstwhile in 2015 before moving onto the two amazing 2016 releases "Goethe" on Confront the "Versatile Ambiance" LP on Idea Intermedia where they introduce additional musicians such as Ken Vandermark, Bret Berry and more. "Karst" is the first (and probably not last) recording from the duo released in 2017.

These recordings were made just prior to their performances at the 2016 No Idea Festival here in Austin, TX. Originally this release was going to consist of some live recordings (also incredibly stunning) but much to my delight, Jerman and Barnes, feeling productive and inspired gave us the two sides that make up Karst. There is little I can say to add to what so many folks already have. Jeph and Tim are amazing people and amazing musicians and I'm so proud to be able to add to their discography with this release. If you have enjoyed their previous outings you will not be disappointed. This is more of the same incredible electro-acoustic recordings that we have come to expect from these two."-Astral Spirits

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