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Wall, John / Mark Durgan: Contrapt (Harbinger Sound)

After their 2012 album "139", the duo of UK electroacoustic experimenters John Wall and Mark Durgan return for a second album of unusual sound composed from improvisations between the two recorded in Wall's Utterpsalm Studio in London between 2012-15, restructuring their recordings into fascinating ecosystems of sound.

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product information:

UPC: 5055300394354

Label: Harbinger Sound
Catalog ID: HARB 164CD
Squidco Product Code: 25155

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Utterpsalm Studios, in the United Kingdom, between 2012 and 2015, by John Wall.


John Wall-compuer, editing, arrangement, composition

Mark Durgan-modular synthesizer, signal processing

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Artist Biographies:

"John Wall (born 1950) is an autodidact electronic composer whose contribution to the field is widely noted by critics of new music. His work has moved from early plunderphonic compositions - where he brought together unlikely combinations of musical genres to create fantastical new works - to large scale works composed of thousands of tiny fragments which create the impression of virtual orchestras. Critics have remarked on "his extraordinary feeling for musical narrative" which is achieved through a working method that has been described as "phenomenally painstaking". According to one critic, Wall's "releases sound like the most finely crafted audio sculptures, somewhere between the contemporary composition of Lachenmann and the experiments of early laptop musicians of the mid 90s." "

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"Since 1986 Mark Durgan has released his recordings via a number of various legendary labels such as Broken Flag, MSBR, RRRecords, Harbinger Sound, Artware and others. Plus more recent releases on prominent newer labels such as Gods Of Tundra and Pan. Most of these have been under the Putrefier name. More recently he has been working and releasing material under his own name. Using an array of homemade devices, Modular, 'pressure' sensitive synthesisier and environmental sounds to create subtle electro-acoustic compositions with a flicker of Musique Concrete intuition.

Over the years he has played numerous shows and events around the UK and the globe, including tours of Europe, Scandinavia and Japan. The most recent festival appearances have been at No Fun (Stockholm), Colour Out Of Space (Brighton), The Lowest Form Of Music (London) , Broken Flag - Never Say When Event (London) and more recently at the HCMF performing sound for Maja Ratkje spectacular choral event Crepuscular Hour.

He is currently based in Bristol, England."

-Mark Durgan Website (

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track listing:

1. Contrapt 7:35

2. Ontrapt 2:04

3. Ntrapt 3:04

4. Trapt 4:44

5. Rapt 4:12

6. Apt 4:44

7. Pt 12:41
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"John Wall and Mark Durgan return after a lengthy absence with Contrapt. On Contrapt, they've created a fractured sound world woven together from improvisations that took place in the Utterpsalm Studio in London between 2012-15. The seven tracks on Contrapt are an attempt at imposing order, structure, and "expression" without meaning or intention, onto a huge amount of heavily edited sonic material."-Harbinger Sound

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