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Ambarchi, Oren / Jim O'Rourke W/ Special Guest U-Zhaan: Hence [VINYL] (Editions Mego)

Accompanied by Japanese master tabla player U-zhaan, the 3rd album from Australian guitarist and experimenter Oren Ambarchi and Chicago/NY/Japan musician of Jim O'Rourke uses U-zhaan's warmly active rhythms as a platform for shifting sounds and resonant repetition, hypnotic and psychedelic as it draws the listener into wonderful swirls of sound.
 

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UPC: 5050580702349

Label: Editions Mego
Catalog ID: EMEGO 249LP
Squidco Product Code: 26564

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Austria
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Steamroom, in Tokyo, Japan in 2016. Additional recording at SuperDeluxe, in Tokyo, Japan, on November 10th, 2015 by Masahide Ando.


Personnel:

Oren Ambarchi-guitars

Jim O'Rourke-synths

U-zhaan-tabla

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"Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, "re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it's no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it's a laboratory for extended sonic investigation". (The Wire, UK).

Oren Ambarchi's works are hesitant and tense extended songforms located in the cracks between several schools: modern electronics and processing; laminal improvisation and minimalism; hushed, pensive songwriting; the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers such as Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier; and the physicality of rock music, slowed down and stripped back to its bare bones, abstracted and replaced with pure signal.

From the late 90's his experiments in guitar abstraction and extended technique have led to a more personal and unique sound-world incorporating a broader palette of instruments and sensibilities. On recent releases such as Grapes From The Estate and In The Pendulum's Embrace Ambarchi has employed glass harmonica, strings, bells, piano, drums and percussion, creating fragile textures as light as air which tenuously coexist with the deep, wall-shaking bass tones derived from his guitar.

Ambarchi works with simple constructs and parameters; exploring one idea over an extended duration and patiently teasing every nuance and implication from each texture; the phenomena of sum and difference tones; carefully tended arrangements that unravel gently; unprepossessing melodies that slowly work their way through various permutations; resulting in an otherworldly, cumulative impact of patiently unfolding compositions.

Ambarchi has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists such as Fennesz, Otomo Yoshihide, Pimmon, Keiji Haino, John Zorn, Rizili, Voice Crack, Jim O'Rourke, Keith Rowe, Phill Niblock, Dave Grohl, Gunter Muller, Evan Parker, z'ev, Toshimaru Nakamura, Peter Rehberg, Merzbow and many more. Since 2004 Ambarchi has worked with American avant metal outfit Sunn 0))) contributing to many of their releases and side-projects including their Black One album from 2005 and the recent Monoliths & Dimensions release.

For 10 years together with Robbie Avenaim, Ambarchi was the co-organiser of the What Is Music? festival, Australia's premier annual showcase of local and international experimental music. The festival hosted over 200 local and international performers. Ambarchi now curates the Maximum Arousal series at The Toff In Town in Melbourne and has recently co-produced an Australian television series on experimental music called Subsonics. Ambarchi recently co-curated the sound program for the 2008 Yokohama Triennale."

-Oren Ambarchi Website (http://orenambarchi.com/category/biography/)
12/5/2018

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"O'Rourke was born on January 18, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois. He is an alumnus of DePaul University. He has released albums of jazz, noise, glitchy electronica and rock music. O'Rourke has collaborated with Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Derek Bailey, Mats Gustafsson, Mayo Thompson, Brigitte Fontaine, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Merzbow, Nurse with Wound, Phill Niblock, Fennesz, Organum, Phew, Henry Kaiser, Flying Saucer Attack, and in 2006 mixed Joanna Newsom's album Ys. In 2009, he also mixed several tracks on Newsom's follow up Have One On Me.

He has produced albums by artists such as Sonic Youth, Wilco, Stereolab, Superchunk, Kahimi Karie, Quruli, John Fahey, Smog, Faust, Tony Conrad, The Red Krayola, Bobby Conn, Beth Orton, Joanna Newsom and U.S. Maple. He mixed Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album and produced their 2004 album, A Ghost Is Born, for which he won a Grammy Award for "Best Alternative Album". During the recording of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, O'Rourke collaborated with Wilco member Jeff Tweedy and pre-Wilco Glenn Kotche under the name Loose Fur. Their self-titled debut was released in 2003 with a follow-up in 2006 entitled Born Again in the USA. He also mixed the unfinished recordings that made up a planned third album by the late American singer-songwriter Judee Sill, recorded in 1974 and mixed by O'Rourke for a 2005 release.

O'Rourke was once a member of Illusion of Safety, Gastr Del Sol (with David Grubbs) and Sonic Youth. Beginning in 1999 he played bass guitar, guitar and synthesizer with Sonic Youth, in addition to recording and mixing duties with the group. He withdrew as a full member in late 2005, but continued to play with them in some of their side projects. In the early 1993, O'Rourke formed an avant-rock group with Darin Gray and Dylan Posa called Brise-Glace. The band released one studio album, When in Vanitas..., in 1994. They also released a 7" in the same year titled In Sisters All and Felony/Angels on Installment Plan.

O'Rourke has also released many albums under his own name on a variety of labels exploring a range of electronic and avant-garde styles. His most well-known works may be his series of releases on Drag City, which focus on more traditional songcraft: Bad Timing (1997), Eureka (1999), Insignificance (2001), The Visitor (2009) and Simple Songs (2015). The titles of the first four albums all refer to films by the British director Nicolas Roeg; the first three by direct reference to film titles, the fourth being titled after a fictional album within Roeg's film The Man Who Fell To Earth. With music director Takehisa Kosugi, he played for the Merce Cunningham dance company for four years. O'Rourke received a 2001 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_O'Rourke_(musician))
12/5/2018

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U-zhaan is a Japanese tabla player: "Born in Kawagoe in 1977. In 1996 I found a tabla at a department store called MARUHARI, a department store in Kawagoe, so I bought it. 1997 I will go to India to buy more tabla. I leave the university in 1998 and go to learn tabla in India one year. 1999 Joined Yoshida Daikichi's "Psychobaba" band. 1999 I have to eat with Yoshida-san who likes high calorie food, and it gets fat. 2000 ASA-CHANG & participate in the pilgrimage. If I had drinking happily with ASA-CHANG, I will be retiring the university. 2001 I got an album called "Flower" and I am very praised. Make official debut in India. I am praised a little. Let's play live, arranging nine tablas in 2002. It is hard to carry and quit at once. In 2003 ASA-CHANG & pilgrim's new goods "pilgrimage disaster prevention hood" was not sold at all. I am in India all year round in 2004. I will perform a solo live in India for the first time. I am learning tabla at Zakir · Hussein of my yearning year 2005! In 2006, we will form Tabla Dha, a band full of tabla. I enjoyed having live with Tanashi Tsukasa and Tanagi Kun, Hanaregumi in 2007. At the Christmas event of Nanao Traveler in 2008 I hit the tabla with the appearance of Santa Claus, I felt something seemed to be blown out in 2008 . It became a cover of the magazine "Rhythm & drum magazine" that I had been reading for 2009, and I was a little happy. 2010 ASA-CHANG & Leaving the pilgrimage, I will be absent-minded with burdocking with Ray Harakami. In 2011 with Ray Harakami and two people, we will publish an album called "The World of Kawagoe Rendezvous". In 2012 Mac magazine "MacPeople", serialization called "Yuzan's Kawagoe Computer Gakuen" starts somehow. Although I participated in the music of NHK 's morning drama "Ama - chan" in 2013, Yoshihide Otomo did not speak to Kohaku. 2014 "Tabla Rock Mountain" released. Only the smell of spice from the jacket makes a reputation. Appeared in Fuji TV "Yorutamori" with a plain role of only drinking beer in the back seat of 2015."

-U-zhaan Website (Translated by Google) (http://u-zhaan.com/biography/)
12/5/2018

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. Hence One 19:15 SIDE B



1. Hence Two 19:30
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Hence is the third collaborative release from Oren Ambarchi and Jim O'Rourke, following on from 2013's Behold. Building on the refined combination of electronics and acoustic instrumentation found on their previous releases, Hence presents two side long pieces combining synthesizers, heavily effected guitar tones, and tabla rhythms played by special guest U-zhaan. On the first side, an explosive opening chord sends out ripples of sparse, irregularly pulsing guitar and synthesizer tones, aleatorically changing in pitch and jumping around the stereo image. Combined with the tabla, which gradually builds in busyness throughout the side, the piece is like a dream collaboration between David Behrman and the Henry Kaiser of It's a Wonderful Life, gradually overtaken in its second half by a swarm of lush live electronic sizzle.

The second side begins in a similar area, combining tabla, shimmering Leslie cabinet guitar tones, and a wandering melodic line. Undergoing a series of subtle variations, this initial area eventually builds to a climax of twittering synthesized birdsong reminiscent of Alvin Curran's 70s work. As on the first side, Ambarchi and O'Rourke craft a piece that is both comforting and subtly strange, as the constantly shifting dynamics and changes of focus (which recall the flow of improvised music) refuse to allow the music to settle into any one moment for too long or to build in too linear a fashion. Combining influences from post-minimalism, the pioneers of live electronics, and eastern music into a unique sound world, Hence is a seductive work from two of the most singular sensibilities in contemporary music."-Editions Mego

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