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Ambient & Drone Music


 
Edwards, Michael: For Rei As A Doe (for piano and computer) Edwards, Michael:
For Rei As A Doe (for piano and computer)

(Aural Terrains -- Greece/UK )

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UK Composer Michael Edwards wrote these quiet compositions using his "slippery chicken" software, originally written as a challenge to pianist Rei Nakamura, in contrast to his technical skills, instead requiring pensive accuracy over a steady line of quiet chords.

Heasley, Tom: Desert Triptych Heasley, Tom:
Desert Triptych

(Farfield Records -- Great Britain )

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Heasley, Tom: On the Sensations of Tone Heasley, Tom:
On the Sensations of Tone

(Innova -- USA )

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If Thousands: Lullaby If Thousands:
Lullaby

(Silber -- USA )

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If Thousands present a beautiful blanket of sound recorded as a soundtrack for falling asleep. Quite beautiful and soothing. Fans of Godspeed You Black Emperor and Stars of the lid should love this one.

Jerman, Jeph: Psaltery Jerman, Jeph:
Psaltery

(no label -- USA )

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A psaltery is a type of zither, often played with a bow; Jerman does not explain his sources, but using analog cassette, micro-cassette and 4-track digital recorders he creates a series of rich drones and entrancing works of sound.

Machinefabriek: Duotoon Machinefabriek:
Duotoon

(Machinefabriek -- The Netherlands )

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Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt) in an EP of a long sine save compositions that creates a minimally moving piece of consonance and dissonance using beautifully recorded tones.

Naoshima / Takeda / Kawasaki / Takeuchi / Koike / Kawaguchi / Totsuka: Septet Naoshima / Takeda / Kawasaki / Takeuchi / Koike / Kawaguchi / Totsuka:
Septet

(Ftarri/Improvised Music from Japan -- Japan )

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Somnaphon: Automatic Writings Volume 1 Somnaphon:
Automatic Writings Volume 1

(ACK Recordings -- USA )

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A compilation of various unreleased songs, remixes and compilation appearances from Somnaphon (A. Traeger), a varied and eclectic exploration of Somnaphon's work.

Triac (Tatone / Seracini / Polidoro): In A Room Triac (Tatone / Seracini / Polidoro):
In A Room

(Laminal -- Russia )

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Triac is an electronic music trio from Italy formed in the end of 2011 by Rossano Polidoro, Marco Seracini and Augusto Tatone, using laptop, fisa, electric bass, piano synth to investigate minimal ambient music.

Ullmann, Jakob: fremde zeit addendum 4 Ullmann, Jakob:
fremde zeit addendum 4

(Edition Rz -- Germany )

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An extract from Berlin composer Jakob Ullman's 2012 3-CD box set on Edition Rz, presenting "solo III for organ" (1992/1993), an hour long work of tone and tension performed by Hans-Peter Schulz at the Big Organ in Abteikirche Neresheim.

Cosottini / Melani / Miano / Pisani: Cardinal Cosottini / Melani / Miano / Pisani:
Cardinal

(Impressus Records -- USA )

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The quartet of Cosottini, Melano, Pisani, Miano (EAQuartet Electroacoustic) in compositions referring to the 4 cardinal map points using graphic scores, games, open readings, &c.

Northern Valentine: The Distance Brings Us Closer Northern Valentine:
The Distance Brings Us Closer

(Silber Media -- USA )

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Minimalist ambient work from Robert & Amy Brown, who have been recording and performing since '97, creating heartfelt, soulful & affecting sound.

Wolff, Christian / Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble: Stones Wolff, Christian / Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble:
Stones

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Antoine Beuger, Burkhard Schlothauer, Chico Mello, Jurg Frey, Kunsu Shim, Michael Pisaro, and Thomas Stiegler participate in this realization of Christian Wolff's compositions to make sounds or draw sounds out of stones, alone or with other surfaces, acoustically or amplified.

Beuger, Antoine : Silent Harmonies In Discrete Continuity Beuger, Antoine :
Silent Harmonies In Discrete Continuity

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Antoine Beuger's minimalist work for American painter Marcia Hafif, known for her monochrome paintings, in 24 tonal works each 3 minutes long using stationary waves of eight frequencies from a different octave and punctuated by silence.

Prual, Matthieu: Inside Walks Prual, Matthieu:
Inside Walks

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A unique approach to solo reeds and winds from French multi-reedist Matthieu Prual, also on flute and ORLA Keyboard, maintaining lyrical and comprehensible approaches with strong technical skills in captivating and succinct statements, truly excellent work.

My Fun: Sonorine My Fun:
Sonorine

(The Land Of -- USA )

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Houben, Eva-Maria : Livres D'heures - Books Of Hours [2 CDs] Houben, Eva-Maria :
Livres D'heures - Books Of Hours [2 CDs]

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Developed from the 13th & 14th century concept of a "book of hours", a prayer book for laymen, and particularly the book of the Duke of Berry (1340-1416) which describes relationships between people; performed by Andreas Feilen, Eva-Maria Houben, and Erik Carlson.

Martin, Luke: So Softly That It Came, A Wild Dim Chatter, Meaningless Martin, Luke:
So Softly That It Came, A Wild Dim Chatter, Meaningless

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Luke Martin began this work with a field recording at Mentryville Park in Southern California, which was transcribed by himself and Amy Golden, Ben Levinson, Davy Sumner, and Ryan Gaston using Martin's system of notating silence, then combined into the final score for this recording.

Verga, Giampaolo: Fadensonnen Verga, Giampaolo:
Fadensonnen

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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"Fadensonnen" presents 7 minimal electronic pieces for electronics, violin and voice, nuanced and subtle pieces that use timbre and spatial properties to great effect.

Bondi, Cyril  : Euhesma, 2017 Bondi, Cyril :
Euhesma, 2017

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Swiss composer and percussionist Cyril Bondi, recording with d'incise, renders his piece "euhesma" (a genus within the bee family in Australia), a work performed on indian harmonium, melodica, harmonica, pitch pipes, and electric organ that slowly introduces and overlaps tones, varying the pitch, harmony, and amplitude to create rich aural environments.

Ullmann, Jakob: Muntzers Stern, Solo II [2 CDs] Ullmann, Jakob:
Muntzers Stern, Solo II [2 CDs]

(Edition Rz -- Germany )

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Between 2014-16 Jakob Ullmann composed the orchestral work "steine, feuer, sterne" (stones, fire, stars) based on a modular structure, such that individual sections can be played outside of a complete performance, solo or in predetermined combinations; this album presents one section for solo bassoon titled "Muntzers stern" performed by Dafne Vicente-Sandoval.

Fages, Ferran : Detuning Series For Guitar Fages, Ferran :
Detuning Series For Guitar

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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The 2nd part of a trilogy for guitar and sinetones composed between 2015-18, alongside "What Might Occur (Rereadings of Triadic Memories by Morton Feldman for guitar and sinewaves)" (2015-17) and "Un Lloc Entre Dos Records" (2017); this work, originally written in 2016, and revised in 2018, is heard in a recording at GMEA, France, with guitarist Benjamin Maumus.

Johnson, Tom : Spaces . An Hour For Piano Johnson, Tom :
Spaces . An Hour For Piano

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Two works for solo piano from composer Tom Johnson and performed by Keiko Shichijo; "Spaces" was written after his teacher, Morton Feldman, helped Johnson elucidate his voice as a composer through a study of chords; "An Hour for Piano" was written in 1971 based on a series of short, improvisatory sketches written for modern dance, merged and expanded to exactly one hour.

McCowen, John: Mundanas I - V McCowen, John:
Mundanas I - V

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Two clarinetists--John McCowen, also the composer, and Madison Greenstone, both on clarinet & bass clarinet--taking the title from Boethius' (427-524 AD) printed work on ancient Greek music: "De institutione musica", as they generate long-form drones using the harmonic interactions and interference patterns of similar tones, overtones, and difference tones; impressively intense.

Ishida, Naoki: Tone Redust <i>[Used Item]</i> Ishida, Naoki:
Tone Redust [Used Item]

(Quasi Pop -- Great Britain )

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Prual, Matthieu: Inside Walks <i>[Used Item]</i> Prual, Matthieu:
Inside Walks [Used Item]

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A unique approach to solo reeds and winds from French multi-reedist Matthieu Prual, also on flute and ORLA Keyboard, maintaining lyrical and comprehensible approaches with strong technical skills in captivating and succinct statements, truly excellent work.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Paulo Curado / Bruno Parrinha / Eduardo Chagas: Backlighting Rodrigues, Ernesto / Paulo Curado / Bruno Parrinha / Eduardo Chagas:
Backlighting

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A live recording of a subtle improvisation led by Portuguese violist Ernesto Rodrigues in a quartet with winds and brass--Paulo Curado on flute, Bruno Parrinha on soprano saxophone & bass clarinet, and Eduardo Chagas on alto trombone--each using understated approaches to their instruments using extended and unusual techniques, aptly titled but rewarding close listening.

Granberg, Magnus / Skogen: Nun, es wird nicht weit mehr gehn Granberg, Magnus / Skogen:
Nun, es wird nicht weit mehr gehn

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Composer Magnus Granberg took influences from Schubert's song cycle "Die Winterreise", extracting tonal material, which he merged with rhythmic influences from medieval English folk music and a song by Dowland, merging them into a temporal framework for this large and subtle composition, executed by a setpet including Angharad Davies, Erik Carlsson, Henrik Olsson, d'incise, &c.

Lamb, Catherine : Point/Wave Lamb, Catherine :
Point/Wave

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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The first piece composer Catherine Lamb has written specifically for acoustic guitar was commissioned by Chilean guitarist Christian Alvear, extending concepts from an installation piece titled "Secondary Rainbow" with Bryan Eubanks, Lamb employs electronics over an infinite cycle of four "environmental chords" which overlap and resonate with one another.

Pozzer, Federico : Breaths Pozzer, Federico :
Breaths

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Three works from Italian composer and pianist Federico Pozzer in his "breathing" series, compositions where the musicians follow the concept of inhaling, exhaling, and pausing, set against certain fixed actions or interactions as they devise their own musical actions, the goal to overcome both the players' freedom in decision-making and strictness in the score.

Beuger, Antoine and colectivo maDam: .. Of Being Numerous Beuger, Antoine and colectivo maDam:
.. Of Being Numerous

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Austria )

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Antoine Beuger's piece merges compositional and improvised approaches, drawing on the text "the memories of RN", as he performs on flute, voice and objects with the electroacoustic improvising ensemble Colectivo maDam, merging long instrumental phrases with words, syllables or letters, using space and detachment to create numerous possibilities to resonate.

Houben, Eva-Maria : Ensemble Works [2 CDS] Houben, Eva-Maria :
Ensemble Works [2 CDS]

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Austria )

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Three detailed and fragile compositions from German minimalist composer Eva-Maria Houben reveal themselves over two CDs, performed by the Boston-based experimental music ensemble, Ensemble Ordinary Affects, with Houben herself on organ recording at Memorial Chapel, in Wesleyan University, CT: three movements from "echo fantasy"; "gesang XI"; and "unter anderen".

Moller, Andre O. : A Labour Of Love Moller, Andre O. :
A Labour Of Love

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Austria )

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Two works from German composer Andre O. Moller: 9 Dances for Natalie Bohrer, a visual artist and painter, in a work deriving pitches and durations from a transformation of numbers, using Christoph Schiller's album "spinet" as sources; and "ungerarde" exploring pitch relations from a recording of radio static with durations in a proportional canon structure.

Hannesson, Mark (Denis Sorokin): Music For Guitar [2 CDS] Hannesson, Mark (Denis Sorokin):
Music For Guitar [2 CDS]

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Austria )

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Three compositions for solo guitar from Canadian composer Mark Hannesson performed in Saint-Petersburg by Russian guitarist Denis Sorokin and recorded by saxophonist and sound artist Ilia Belorukov; "Each Thing" and "If I Appear Comfortable" using space and a subtle development in extended works; "Triste" using progressions of distorted tones and decay.

Dalibert, Melaine : Cheminant Dalibert, Melaine :
Cheminant

(elsewhere -- USA )

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A diverse set of compositions from and performed by French composer Melaine Dalibert in his third solo piano album, presenting active rhythmic to introspective work, exploring harmonics and chord evolution; artwork by David Sylvian, and one piece composed for Sylvian, alongside pieces for elsewhere label leader Yuko Zama, Peter Garland and pianist Reinier van Houdt.

Charles, Xavier / Eric Normand : Avis Aux Reacteurs Charles, Xavier / Eric Normand :
Avis Aux Reacteurs

(Inexhaustible Editions -- Slovenia )

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Recorded live at Silence Sounds in Guelph Canada, the duo of Xavier Charles on clarinet and Eric Normand on electric bass & objects eschew idiom in favor of their unique natural language on their instruments, applying patient development of truly idiosyncratic and fascinating command through a single extended work punctuated in seven diverse passages.

Mazzarella, Nick Trio: Counterbalance [VINYL] Mazzarella, Nick Trio:
Counterbalance [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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From 2008-16 until drummer Frank Rosaly moved to Amsterdam, alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella's Trio was an active part of Chicago's creative jazz scene; in early 2018 Rosaly returned for a visit and Mazzarella composed a suite of 6 new pieces to commemorate the trio's tenth anniversary, the exuberant result this excellent concert recorded at Co-Prosperity Sphere!

Attias, Michael : Echos La Nuit Attias, Michael :
Echos La Nuit

(Out Of Your Head Records -- USA )

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A beautiful solo set of 12 improvisations, Michael Attias performing on alto sax with his left hand and piano with his right, captured in the natural reverberation of La Maison en Bois in Abeville-La-Riviere, France; surprisingly his 1st solo album, developed over 12 years yet played in under an hour with no retakes, a wonderful nuanced reflection in tone, melody & color.

Durand, Werner : Schwingende Luftsaulen 2 Durand, Werner :
Schwingende Luftsaulen 2

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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A beautifully hypnotic album of saxophone, accompanied by Pan-Ney, Shruti Box and Organ, recorded in overdubs by composer/wind player Werner Durand in this 2nd chapter of his trilogy focused on the Pan-Ney, a self-built instrument for repetitive foundations, as Durand draws on elements of nature, mythology, dance, religion, literature and folklore.

Fraser, Nick / Kris Davis / Tony Malaby (with Laubrock & Allemano): Zoning [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Fraser, Nick / Kris Davis / Tony Malaby (with Laubrock & Allemano):
Zoning [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Recording in Toronto, the core trio of drummer Nick Fraser, saxophonist Tony Malaby and pianist Kris Davis are joined on four tracks by tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and trumpeter Lina Allemano, in an album of composed and collective improvisation, merging Toronto, NY and European influences in an accomplished album of diverse approaches and orchestrations.

Krausbauer, John: Beats Krausbauer, John:
Beats

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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John Krausbauer's composition employs 3 West Coast accordionists (Krausbauer, Kate Short and Aaron Oppenheim) in an extended compositional framework allowing for improvisation, of hallucinatory, shimmering sound that accentuates the intersections of tone and harmonics; minimalist and entrancing in the mode of Pauline Oliveros, Wada, Palestine, Radigue, &c.

Lawler, R Keenan / John Krausbauer: Spectre Of Radiants Lawler, R Keenan / John Krausbauer:
Spectre Of Radiants

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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An extended and rich confluence of strings from R Keenan Lawler and John Krausbauer, using resonator guitar and banjo, sustained tones that intertwine in a beautiful and optimistic drone, minimalistic yet drenched in a profusion of harmonic detail; a beautiful and elusive dream mixing between an Indian raga and an alien electronic environment.

Livebatts! Livebatts!:

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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Recorded in the mid-90s, Livebatts! was a project of John White (Cornelius Cardew, Scratch Orchestra) developed to exploit "toy" keyboards of the 80s--cheap battery-driven instruments that hold tremendous potential for "serious" music-making--used here in a playful quartet with vocalist MJ Coldiron, Andrea Rocca (guitar & samples) and Nancy Ruffer (electrified flute).

McAuley, Jim / Scot Ray: Second Earth McAuley, Jim / Scot Ray:
Second Earth

(Long Song Records -- Italy )

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An excellent first meeting of two guitarists recording on a February afternoon and released in the sequence recorded with no edits or changes, from Jim McAuley on guitar and Scot Ray on lap steel slide guitar with effects, an innately lyrical blending of styles masking the strong technical skills and long histories of these two superlative players.

Nealand, Aurora / Steve Marquette / Anton Hatwich / Paul Thibodeaux: Kobra Quartet  [CASSETTE w/ DOW Nealand, Aurora / Steve Marquette / Anton Hatwich / Paul Thibodeaux:
Kobra Quartet [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Quietly lurking as it prepares to attack, this Kobra is the free improvising quaret of Aurora Nealand on accordion, alto saxophone, voice & objects, Steve Marquette on acoustic & electric guitars, Anton Hatwich on bass, and Paul Thibodeaux on drums, captured live at Chicago's Hungry Brain during the Instigation Festival for a mysterious 2-part "New Omens" and some "Telly Attire".

Trrma' / Charlemagne Palestine: Sssseegmmeentss Frrooom Baaari [VINYL] Trrma' / Charlemagne Palestine:
Sssseegmmeentss Frrooom Baaari [VINYL]

(BeCoq -- France )

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Stochastic music for percussion and synthesizers from New York avant conceptualist and keyboardist Charlemagne Palestine, here on piano & electronics, with the Italian duo Trrma' of Giovanni Todisco on percussion and Guiseppe Candiano on synth, in two side-long works of irregular rhythm, complexity and dissonance that build and recede in a suspenseful journey.

Akama, Ryoko / Apartment House: Dial 45-21-95 Akama, Ryoko / Apartment House:
Dial 45-21-95

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Nine compositions from Ryoko Akama commissioned by Another Timbre while she was doing research at the Krzysztof Kieslowski archive in Poland, the scores based on fragments of notes and objects from that archive, realized here by the Apartment House ensemble as a beautiful set of floating works invoking "clouds, as shape, as light, as colour, as body, as element".

Kalman, Egil / Fredrik Rasten: Weaving a Fabric of Winds Kalman, Egil / Fredrik Rasten:
Weaving a Fabric of Winds

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Swedish bass player Egil Kalman, here on modular syntheizer, joins Norwegian guitarist Fredrik Rasten for a lovely album of drifting electronics and beautifully entwining acoustic guitar, unhurriedly developing environments of warm, slowly evolving chord structures that show influences from players like Catherine Lamb or the Wandelweiser collective.

Kalman, Egil / Fredrik Rasten: Weaving a Fabric of Winds [VINYL] Kalman, Egil / Fredrik Rasten:
Weaving a Fabric of Winds [VINYL]

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Swedish bass player Egil Kalman, here on modular syntheizer, joins Norwegian guitarist Fredrik Rasten, for a lovely album of drifting electronics and beautifully entwining acoustic guitar, unhurriedly developing environments of warm, slowly evolving chord structures that show influences from players like Catherine Lamb or the Wandelweiser collective.

Encomiast: Winter's End <i>[Used Item]</i> Encomiast:
Winter's End [Used Item]

(Lens Records -- USA )

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Moller, Andre O. / Christoph Nicolaus / Rasha Ragab: Music For Stone Harps [2CDs] Moller, Andre O. / Christoph Nicolaus / Rasha Ragab:
Music For Stone Harps [2CDs]

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Austria )

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Christoph Nicolaus began working with the stone harp around 2007, a block of granite with a slanted top that is deeply notched to create fins that resemble a loaf of bread, played by "bowing" the sides with wet hands causing each to vibrate in unique and beautiful tones; this album collects 13 compositions & improvisations performed between 2008 and 2018, in rich and uniquely evocative sound.

Frey, Jurg: Fields, Traces, Clouds Frey, Jurg:
Fields, Traces, Clouds

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Austria )

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Three compositions from clarinetist and Wandelweiser peer Jurg Frey, performed by Luke Martin on electric guitar, Laura Cetilia on cello, J.P.A. Falzone on piano & vibraphone, Morgan Evans-Weiler on violin, and Jurg Frey himself on clarinet; beautifully reflective music indicating Frey's working method and his relationship with wide, quiet sound spaces.

Hannesson, Mark: Undeclared Hannesson, Mark:
Undeclared

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Austria )

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"Undeclared" refers to a 2006 drone attack in Pakistan that struck a school, killing more than 80 civilians including 70 children, which took place on a day that was intended for a peace agreement; Hanneson pays homage to the victims by finding a sound for each of them, rendering the piece 3 times by himself via electronics, by Rene Holtkamp on guitar, and by Antoine Beuger on children's glockenspiel.

Hughes, Sarah: I Love This City And Its Outlying Lands [SINGLE SIDED CASSETTE] Hughes, Sarah:
I Love This City And Its Outlying Lands [SINGLE SIDED CASSETTE]

(Mappa -- Slovokia )

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A contemplative solo work of subtle nuance and laden atmospheres, slowly drifting through a virtual landscape of dampened details, from London composer and improviser Sarah Hughes, performing on zither, piano, Hammond organ, sine tones, white noise, electric harpsichord, and objects, using an eBow to draw sustained tones over which delicate progressions advance.

Frey, Jurg (Davies / Correa / Chang / Thut): Echo.Trio.Fragile.Eyot Frey, Jurg (Davies / Correa / Chang / Thut):
Echo.Trio.Fragile.Eyot

(A New Wave of Jazz -- Belgium )

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Two solo installation works from Wandelweiser composer Jürg Frey--"Paysage d'échos" in Aarau, Switzerland, in 2009; and "Equilibre fragile" in in Aarau in 2014--plus Frey's "Streichtrio" performed by Angharad Davies (violin), Johnny Chang (viola) and Stefan Thut (cello); and a solo piano work, "Eyot", performed by Antonio Correa.

Tonus (Serries / Verhoeven / Webster): Segment Tones Tonus (Serries / Verhoeven / Webster):
Segment Tones

(A New Wave of Jazz -- Belgium )

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Exploring long tones and harmonic interactions of consonance & dissonance through a slowly rotating and patiently evolving series of tones with each of the players in the Tonus trio doubling on wind instruments, as performed by Dirk Serries on soprano melodica & accordion, Martina Verhoeven on concertina & cello, and Colin Webster on clarinet & alto saxophone.

Foussat, Jean-Marc / Daunik Lazro / Evan Parker: Cafe OTO 2020 [2 CDs] Foussat, Jean-Marc / Daunik Lazro / Evan Parker:
Cafe OTO 2020 [2 CDs]

(Fou Records -- France )

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A momentous 2020 concert at London's Cafe OTO, presented in two discs, the 1st with label leader Jean-Marc Foussat in a solo improvisation on synth and voice, the 2nd in a trio with Daunik Lazro on tenor & baritone sax, and Evan Parker on soprano sax, the 2 saxophones weaving and responding to Foussat's remarkable alien soundscapes and vocalization in an immersive extended improvisation.

Mateen, Sabir / Patrick Holmes / Federico Ughi : Survival Situation [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] Mateen, Sabir / Patrick Holmes / Federico Ughi :
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(577 Records -- USA )

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Having played together in a variety of settings, but never as a trio, saxophonist Sabir Mateen, clarinetist Patrick Holmes and drummer Federico Ughi met in a recording studio in Tuscany, Italy to record this album of wide-ranging free improvisation, Mateen's Farfisa playing and vocal declamations bringing a Sun Ra element to the vehement and profound dialog.

Russell, John / Ray Russell / Henry Kaiser / Olle Brice: The Dukes of Bedford Russell, John / Ray Russell / Henry Kaiser / Olle Brice:
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Exploring the lineage of the Dukes of Bedford, the Russell lineage in Bedford, England, in groupings of acoustic & electric guitarists John Russell, Ray Russell, and Henry Kaiser along with double bassist Ollie Brice, from duos to quartets, eight Duke "Russells" from 1680 to 2003 are explored through intricate and joyfully creative and technically amazing string improvisations.

Smith, Damon: Whatever Is Not Stone Is Light Smith, Damon:
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Taking his title from a poem by Octavio Paz with titles from translations by Lysander Kemp of other Octavio Paz poems, this solo album from double bassist Damon Smith is his definitive statement on the instrument: 23 tracks from 46 seconds to 5 minutes 50, developed over 15 years and displaying Smith's incredible technique and creative intent; incomparable.

Bondi, Cyril / Pierre-Yves Martel / Christoph Schiller: Hyazo Bondi, Cyril / Pierre-Yves Martel / Christoph Schiller:
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(Another Timbre -- UK )

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A beautiful, melancholic soundworld created by three musicians who have a rare rapport--Cyril Bondi on Indian harmonium, Pierre on Yves Martel on viola da Gamba, and Christoph Schiller on spinet--following their previous CDs tse and awire by moving on to new territory in 3 compositions allowing for freedom from each musician, two from Schiller and one from Bondi.

Niblock, Phill: Music for Organs Niblock, Phill:
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(Matiere Memoire -- Belgium )

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Two massive drone works for organ and pre-recorded tracks commissioned by Musica Festival Strasbourg for organist Hampus Lindwall, with tapes by Emanuel Schmelzer-Ziringer, each piece titled anagrammatically (ie. Nagro = Organ) and recorded with the composer at the Manufacture d'orgues Thomas and Orgelbau Klais organ in the Collegiale Sainte-Waudru, in Mons, Belgium.

Feldman, Morton: Piano And String Quartet Feldman, Morton:
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Composed two years before his death, Feldman's "Piano and String Quartet" is a wonderfully impressionistic piece that moves slowly, rendered beautifully by Vicki Ray and the Eclipse Quartet.

Feldman, Morton (Judith Wegmann): Triadic Memories [2 CDs] Feldman, Morton (Judith Wegmann):
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The second of four connected solo piano works by Morton Feldman, Triadic Memories is about that reality, the acoustic space created by the piano's strings and soundboard, as Feldman attempted to expand the temporal frame of his music, heard here in Judith Wegmann's 2019 recording, where thThe second of four connected solo piano works by Morton Feldman, Triadic Memories is about the acoustic space created by the piano's strings and soundboard, as Feldman worked to expand the temporal frame of his music, heard her in Judith Wegmann's 2019 studio recording where that space is revealed by a magnificent Bosendorfer 280VC piano.at space is revealed by a magnificent Bosendorfer 280VC piano.

Grady, Kraig: Monument Of Diamonds Grady, Kraig:
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Microtonal composer Kraig Grady in a work for specially adapted brass instruments (Kris Tiner, trumpets; Subhraag Singh-saxophones; Emmett Kim Narushima-trombones) and organ (Terumi Narushima) using a the Meta-Slendro tuning, an obscure 17-tone scale, to create an expansive and organic work assembled from recordings of each musician playing meditations on single notes.

Sabat, Marc / Harmonic Space Orchestra: Gioseffo Zarlino (2015/2019) Sabat, Marc / Harmonic Space Orchestra:
Gioseffo Zarlino (2015/2019)

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The third in a series of pieces inspired by ideas in the history of music theory, from composer Marc Sabat and inspired by Renaissance Italian Composer/Theorist Gioseffo Zarlino, performed in a 9-piece ensemble that cycles through voices, strings, harp, and flute, with instruments entering cycles at midpoints of prior loops to create weaving and graceful intersections.

Lamb, Catherine / Harmonic Space Orchestra: Prisma Interius VII 7 VIII Lamb, Catherine / Harmonic Space Orchestra:
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Two hauntingly beautiful works in microtonal composer and violist Catherine Lamb's "Prisma Interius" series, the first a duo with violinist Johnny Change and Xavier Lopez on the "secondary rainbow synthesizer", which channels the sound outside of the performance space as a generator of ambient sound; then a sextet of strings and winds with two secondary rainbow synthesizers.

Krutogolov, Igor: White <i>[Used Item]</i> Krutogolov, Igor:
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(Auris Media / Topheth Prophet -- Israel )

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Beuger, Antoine / Apartment House: Jankelevitch Sextets Beuger, Antoine / Apartment House:
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(Another Timbre -- UK )

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The 4th album on Another Timbre from a series of pieces by composer Antoine Beuger, each acknowledging a cultural or intellectual figure, here titled for philosopher, musicologist, educator and one-time member of the French Resistance, Vladimir Jankélévitch, represented by Beuger in a large dramatic work performed by the Apartment House sextet.

Guionnet, Jean-Luc: Solo A La Decollation Guionnet, Jean-Luc:
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(Tour de Bras -- Canada )

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Emphasizing unusual aspects of the pipe organ, composer and typically reedist Jean-Luc Guionnet (Hubbub, Return of the New Thing) performs solo on the organ at the Church of the Decollation of Saint-Jean Baptiste in L'Isle-verte, Quebec, Canada, taking a sound-oriented approach to the instrument with a minimalist attitude through four extended performances.

Jaeger, Kassel: Meith [VINYL] Jaeger, Kassel:
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Kassel Jaeger, aka François J. Bonnet, a leading figure in electroacoustic and electronic music, presents an extended work of rich and warm layers, slowly unfolding and shifting as both detailed and clouded events emerge and disappear, the consistency and pacing of the work an impressive testament to his compositional control and inspiration.

O'Rourke, Jim / Apartment House: Best That You Do This For Me O'Rourke, Jim / Apartment House:
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The UK ensemble Apartment House commissioned this work from composer & experimenter Jim O'Rourke based on their performance of other O'Rourke works, here interpreting a new graphic score designed like a sonic mobile, creating a minimal yet episodic piece of flexible interpretation as the performers whistle, hum and quietly sing in combination with bowed harmonics.

Lamb, Catherine : Muto Infinitas Lamb, Catherine :
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A 50-minute minimalist composition for quartertone bass flute and double bass in just intonation from composer Catherine Lamb, who refers to the tuning structure as "rational" intonation, the piece unmetered as the melody emerges almost imperceptibly; recorded in Andreaskirche, Berlin in 2019 and performed by Rebecca Lane (flute) and Jon Heilbron (bass).

Palestine, Charlemagne: MMXX-06: VVVOOOODDDOOOO DDDDOOOOODDDDDOOOOO [CLEAR VINYL] Palestine, Charlemagne:
MMXX-06: VVVOOOODDDOOOO DDDDOOOOODDDDDOOOOO [CLEAR VINYL]

(Matiere Memoire -- Belgium )

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The expansive mind of composer and experimenter Charlemagne Palestine presents an extended drone work performed on organ, building from a peaceful single note to a harmonically rich combination of tones with a haunting vocal quality, subtly shifting and building in momentum then slowly fading out to the 20 minute mark; an epic journey in polyphonic transition.

O'Malley, Stephen: MMXX-11: ...st-Vast Sommaren [CLEAR VINYL] O'Malley, Stephen:
MMXX-11: ...st-Vast Sommaren [CLEAR VINYL]

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A rich and beautiful drone work from Stephen O'Malley recorded at EMS in Stockholm, the title translating to "East-West Summer", as the piece emulates an accommodating evening, electronic crickets introducing and then settling into a slowly rotating and absorbing combination of tones, the flickering crickets returning to fade out the sense of restful night.

 

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