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Valid Tractor (Pat Thomas / Dominic Lash / Lawrence Casserley): On The Validity Of Tractors (FMR)

Each track on this album is named for a tractor brand (Eicher, Kubota, &c.) and the liner notes are directions regarding a tractor's maintenance, as the ea-trio of UK improvisers Pat Thomas on piano & electronics, Dominic Lash on double bass, and Lawrence Casserley on a signal processing instrument provide 10 inventive improvisations that validate a sound working condition.
 

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UPC: 748079797086

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: 515-1018
Squidco Product Code: 26890

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded in the Singing Barn at Piggotts, in Buckinghamshire, England, UK, on July 3rd, 2013, by Matt Saunders.


Personnel:

Pat Thomas-piano, electronics

Dominic Lash-double bass

Lawrence Casserley-electronics

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Artist Biographies:

"Born 27 July 1960; Piano, electronics. Pat Thomas started playing at the age of 8 and studied classical music and played reggae. He began playing jazz at sixteen after seeing Oscar Peterson on television then listened to snatches of jazz on the radio before, in 1979, playing his first serious improvised gigs. From 1986 he played with Ghosts which was Pete McPhail and Matt Lewis.

In addition to programming his keyboards, Pat Thomas also utilises prerecorded tapes. He told Chris Blackford (1991), 'As far as the tapes are concerned I'll probably just sit in front of the TV and tape whatever's going on and so some editing afterward to decide what might be useful. ...But I don't actually put a label on each tape saying what's on there, so when I come to use them I don't know what I'm going to be playing. That obviously prevents me from setting things up. I pick them at random and see what happens. So I'm just as surprised as anybody else at what comes out'.

In 1988 he was awarded an Arts Council Jazz Bursary to write three new electroacoustic compositions for his ten-piece ensemble, Monads: Roger Turner and Matt Lewis, percussion; Pete McPhail, WX7 wind synthesizer; Neil Palmer, turntables; Phil Minton, voice; Phil Durrant, violin; Marcio Mattos, bass; Jon Corbett, trumpet; Geoff Searle, drum machines. The intention was to feature different aspects of electronics using improvisation so, for example, one piece - Dialogue - featured Pete McPhail and Neil Palmer, another concentrated on the interaction of percussionists and drum machines, and a third piece had Phil Minton and Jon Corbett improvising with a computer. The pieces were performed at the Crawley Outside-In Festival of new music in 1989.

Pat Thomas was invited by Derek Bailey to play in Company Week in 1990 and 1991 and he also took part in the Ist International Symposium for Free Improvisation in Bremen with the guitarist. He has been a member of the Tony Oxley Quartet (documented on Incus CD 15) and played in Oxley's Angular Apron along with Larry Stabbins, Manfred Schoof and Sirone at the 8th Ruhr Jazz Meeting and in the percussionist's Celebration Orchestra. He plays with Lol Coxhill in a range of combinations from duo to being a member of 'Before my time', is a member of Mike Cooper's Continental Drift, and he has a well established duo with percussionist Mark Sanders and a trio with Steve Beresford and Francine Luce. In 1992 Pat Thomas formed the quartet Scatter with Phil Minton, Roger Turner and Dave Tucker; funded by the Arts Council they toured the UK in 1993 and again at the beginning of 1997.

On the 'Festival circuit', Pat Thomas has appeared at: the Young Improvisors Festival at the Korzo Theatre, Den Haag (with Jim O'Rourke, Mats Gustafsson and Alexander Frangenheim); Angelica 95 in Bologna, Italy; the Stuttgart 5th Festival of Improvised Music 96 (with Fred Frith, Shelly Hirsch, Carlos Zingaro and others); and the 3rd International Festival 96 in Budapest (with Evan Parker, Phil Minton, John Russell and Roger Turner).

-EFI (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mthomas.html)
4/15/2019

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"Born Cambridge, England, in January 1980; played bass guitar since 1994; studied with Hugh Boyd and Pascha Milner and at Basstech (London) with Rob Burns, Terry Gregory and others. Played double bass since 2001; basically self taught, with grateful thanks to Simon H. Fell. First class BA in English Literature from Oxford University (2002). Received MA Composition from Oxford Brookes University in 2003, having studied with Paul Whitty, Ray Lee and others. Received PhD from Brunel University in 2010, having studied the work of Derek Bailey, Helmut Lachenmann and JH Prynne and been supervised by Richard Barrett and John Croft."

-Dominic Lash Website (http://dominiclash.blogspot.com/p/dominic-lash_5.html)
4/15/2019

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"Lawrence Casserley (born UK, 1941) has devoted his professional career, as composer, conductor and performer, to real time electroacoustic music. In 1967 he became one of the first students of Electronic Music at the Royal College of Music, London, UK, on the new course taught by Tristram Cary. Later he became Professor-in-Charge of Studios and Adviser for Electroacoustic Music at the RCM, before taking early retirement in 1995.

He is best known for his work in free improvised music, particularly real-time processing of other musicians' sound, and he has devised a special computer processing instrument for this work (picture above). He has worked with many of the finest improvisers, particularly Evan Parker, with whom he works frequently as a duo partner, in various larger groupings and in the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. He also works as a soloist, processing sounds from voice, percussion and home-made instruments. CDs have been released by ECM, Konnex, Leo Records, Psi, Sargasso and Touch.

Much of Casserley's work has involved collaboration with other art forms, including poets, eg Bob Cobbing, and visual artists, including Colourscape artist Peter Jones. He is a Director of the Colourscape Music Festivals, presenting contemporary music in the unique environment of the Colourscape walk-in sculpture. He also collaborates with Peter Jones on sound/light installations.

Casserley's "instrumental" approach to live computer sound processing is the hallmark of his work; the Signal Processing Instrument allows him to use physical gestures to control the processing and to direct the morphology of the sounds. This is the culmination of forty years of experience in the performance of live electronic work; his earliest live electronic pieces were performed in 1969, and he has performed many of the live electronic "classics" of the 20th century; he has also collaborated with other composers to realise their electronic performance ideas. He is noted for the breadth and variety of his collaborations, which cross styles and generations."

-Lawrence Casserley Website (http://www.lcasserley.co.uk/biography.shtml)
4/15/2019

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track listing:


1. Kubota 5:29

2. McCormick 2:55

3. Claas 2:48

4. Mahindra 3:48

5. Kioti 11:21

6. Sonalika 4:35

7. Eicher 8:29

8. Yanmar 4:42

9. Agco 3:50

10. Jinma 3:16
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It's unclear where the obsession for tractors comes from, but the tracks on this album are each named for a tractor brand (Eicher, Yanmar, Kubota, &c.) and the liner notes give directions for validating a tractor's maintenance, as the ea-trio of UK improvisers Pat Thomas on piano & electronics, Dominic Lash on double bass, and Lawrence Casserley on a signal processing instrument provide 10 iexperimental improvisations that validate their excellent working condition. To work a pun, the resulting music, captured appropriately at Singing Barn at Piggots in Buckinghamshire in 2013 are beyond serviceable, and warrant your open ears as they explore the inner workings of their inventive machinations.

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Seen, The
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(Relative Pitch)
Frey, Jurg / Magnus Granberg
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(Another Timbre)
Corringham, Viv / Lawrence Casserley
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(FMR)
Holy Quintet, The (Change / Drouin / Lash / Lazardiou / Ryan)
Borough
(Mikroton Recordings)
Chessex, Antoine / Apartment House / Jerome Noetinger
"Plastic Concrete" / "Accumulation"
(Bocian)
Casserley, Lawrence / Jeffrey Morgan
Exoplanets
(Creative Sources)
Tin (Dominic Lash / Axel Dorner / Roger Turner)
Uncanny Valley
(Confront)
Parker, Evan / Pat Thomas / John Russell / John Edwards / Alex Ward / Alison Blunt / Benedict Taylor / David Leahy / Kay Grant
Mopomoso Tour 2013 | Making Rooms [4 CD BOX SET]
(Weekertoft)
Cundy, Chris
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(FMR)
Akama, Ryoko / Bruno Duplant / Dominic Lash
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Lunge (Brand / Durrant / Sanders / Thomas)
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(Emanem)
Glover, Richard
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(Another Timbre)
Thomas / Lash / Sanders
Skip
(FMR)
Wachsman / Thomas / Turner / Frangenheim
Gateway '97
(Creative Sources)
Convergence Quartet, The
Slow and Steady
(NoBusiness)
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(Fataka)
Various Artists
Wandelweiser und so weiter [6 CD Box]
(Another Timbre)
Beuger, Antoine performed by Chabala / Lash / Owen
s'approcher s'eloigner s'absenter
(erstwhile)
Ward / Hill / Lash / Sanders
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(FMR)
Lash / Farmer / Hughes
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(Another Timbre)
London Improvisers Orchestra
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(psi)
Circuit
Pyro
(FMR)
Convergence Quartet, The
Live In Oxford
(FMR)
Articles, The (Thomas / Gustafsson / Turner)
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(FMR)
Thomas / Strid / Thomas
Wazifa
(psi)
Convergence Quartet (Bynum / Einsenstadt / Hawkins / Lash)
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(Clean Feed)
Thomas / Minton / Tucker / Turner
Scatter
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Circuit: Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
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Mancini Project, The
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About Group (Mukai / Clervaux / Coxon / Thomas / Taylor)
RAK [VINYL]
(Treader)
Spring Heel Jack / Wadada Leo Smith / Pat Thomas / Steve Noble
Hackney Road [VINYL]
(Treader)
Seen, The
Archive : Volumes Vi - X : 2014 To 2016
(Confront)
Frey, Jurg / Magnus Granberg
Early to Late
(Another Timbre)
Chessex, Antoine / Apartment House / Jerome Noetinger
"Plastic Concrete" / "Accumulation"
(Bocian)
Tin (Dominic Lash / Axel Dorner / Roger Turner)
Uncanny Valley
(Confront)
Akama, Ryoko / Bruno Duplant / Dominic Lash
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(Another Timbre)
Glover, Richard
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(Another Timbre)
Thomas / Lash / Sanders
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(FMR)
Convergence Quartet, The
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(NoBusiness)
Thomas, Pat
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(Fataka)
Various Artists
Wandelweiser und so weiter [6 CD Box]
(Another Timbre)
Ward / Hill / Lash / Sanders
Predicate
(FMR)
Lash / Farmer / Hughes
Droplets
(Another Timbre)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Lio Leo Leon
(psi)
Convergence Quartet, The
Live In Oxford
(FMR)
Thomas / Strid / Thomas
Wazifa
(psi)
Convergence Quartet (Bynum / Einsenstadt / Hawkins / Lash)
Song / Dance
(Clean Feed)
Thomas / Minton / Tucker / Turner
Scatter
(FMR)
Mancini Project, The
Views of Mancini
(FMR)
Thomas, Pat
Plays The Music Of Derek Bailey & Thelonious Monk
(FMR)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Improvisations for George Riste
(psi)
Jack & Jim Show, The (w/ Pat Thomas)
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(Boxholder)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Responses, Reproduction & Reality (freedom of the city 2003-4)
(Emanem)
Chadbourne, Eugene
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(Chadula)
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