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Billington / Shippy / Wyche: [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD CODE] (Astral Spirits)

A Chicago trio that blends jazzrock, noise and experimental approaches to free improvisation, from drummer Ben Billington (Tiger Hatchery), guitarist Daniel Wyche (US Maple, Invisible Things), and guitarist Mark Shippy (US Maple, Invisible Things), an upbeat and unflagging display of sound in three recordings that lace a consistently controlled chaos.

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS053
Squidco Product Code: 24999

Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette


Ben Billington-drums

Daniel Wyche-guitar

Mark Shippy-guitar

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track listing:


1. Kater's Maroon Mini 10:38

2. Dale's Oracular Fox Unit 11:09


1. Norvin's Fandled Submersible 25:17
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"This is free improvisation from a gleefully pure perspective. All three musicians keep their hands in various forms of jazzock/noise/experimental musics and it becomes quite evident through the beautiful racket of this self titled debut. This group isn't about pedigree or posture, the trio relies on communication and ecstatic empathy that comes through loud and clear on this tape.. Sure, with a group boasting two guitarists and a drummer there is a certain amount of volume/noise present, but to call it noise rock, or free rock would belittle the process of Billington/Shippy/Wyche. All three improvise with forethought and purpose...and also it's just a helluva lot of fun. Just ask the folks that got their minds blown recently at Cropped Out!"-Astral Spirits

Artist Biographies:

Drummer Ben Billington is a member of the Chicago avant-jazz group Tiger Hatchery and noise outfit ONO, and has recorded with Ryley Walker, Circuit des Yeux, and Rhys Chatham.

-Squidco 2/14/2018

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"Daniel Wyche is a guitarist, composer and improviser who has recently relocated to Northampton, MA, after spending 8 years in Chicago. Working with a wide range of physical preparations, extended techniques, and pedal instruments, his recorded work and live performances are characterized by long-form structured improvisations. Daniel's early records are a methodical crawl through the timbral subtleties of the guitar through sweet and unhurried layering, inspired by the ambient and deep listening traditions. However, with Our Severed Sleep (Eh? 2016), his most recent solo record, he has returned to his earliest inspirations on the uncomfortable periphery of rock and free improvisation, in an extended exploration of the relationships between resonance, overtones, and noise. The result is a pair of compositions called "a blowout to wake the dead" by the Wire, "reverent music," by Decoder, and "an infinite swansong of bliss" by Tiny Mix Tapes. Over the past several years, all of this work has become increasingly integrated with the exploration of multi-channel performance, the spatialization of sound, and site specific-composition, and new compositions for quad and 8-channel guitar are currently being developed.

Along with his solo guitar work and duo recordings with primary collaborator Ryan Packard (Fonema Consort, Skeletons), Wyche is involved in several regular collaborations. Most notable among these are a series of ongoing performances with Julian Lynch (Real Estate), and his trio with Mark Shippy (US Maple, Invisible Things) and Ben Baker Billington (Tiger Hatchery, ONO, ADT), which will release two new records in 2017 on the Astral Spirits and No Index imprints.

Daniel has been a curator at Elastic Arts in Chicago since 2013, has severed as part-time faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is an PhD candidate in the history and philosophy of religions at the University of Chicago."

-Daniel Wyche Website (

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Guitarist Mark Shippy has been in groups Invisible Things, Miracle Condition, Shorty,and U.S. Maple.

-Squidco 2/14/2018

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