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Sharp, Elliott Orchestra Carbon: Abstract Repressionism: 1990-99 (Les Disques Victo)


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Label: Les Disques Victo
Catalog ID: CD 019
Squidco Product Code: 1083

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1992
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded and mixed at Baby Monster Studios, New York March 22 & April 1, 1992


Gregor Kitziz-violin

David Soldier-violin

Wendy Ultan-violin

Ron Lawrence-alto

Michelle Kinney-cello

Margaret Parkins-cello

Lindsay Horner-bass

Joseph Trump-drums, electronic percussion

Elliott Sharp-doublebass guitar

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Artist Biographies:

"Elliott Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer.

A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction.

His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Oliver Lake, and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka.

Sharp is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2014 Fellow at Parson's Center for Transformative Media. He received the 2015 Berlin Prize in Musical Composition from the American Academy in Berlin. He has composed scores for feature films and documentaries; created sound-design for interstitials on The Sundance Channel, MTV and Bravo networks; and has presented numerous sound installations in art galleries and museums. He is the subject of a new documentary "Doing The Don't" by filmmaker Bert Shapiro."-Elliott Sharp

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track listing:

1. Unlockstep 5:43

2. Heads Are Beaten Against Walls, Some Voluntarily 4:48


4. Adventures In The Skintrade 9:19

5. Kangoroo Court 3:50

6. X-Tactic 13:15

7. Dystopia Exit 10:01
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Abstract Repressionism is a seven-movement work composed for an expanded, orchestral version of Elliott Sharp's band Carbon. As the title hints, the music itself is vaguely political and emphatically abstract -- as Sharp explains in his liner notes, he sees society as becoming increasingly controlled by authoritarian forces determined to "(undermine) the ability of humans to process information and abstractify." Thus his score requires the musicians to manipulate and interpret pieces of musical raw material according to predetermined algorithmic rules -- a process of spontaneous, collective composition that creates abstraction by requiring the processing of information. Well. So how does it sound? Mostly it sounds like a bunch of people playing more or less whatever they feel like playing, and while the cognoscenti will nod their heads wisely and pretend to enjoy it, to most folks it's just going to sound like chaos. The best moments come during solos, such as Sharp's raucous andtexturally sophisticated guitar/bass solo at the end of the fourth movement, or the percussion solo in the sixth. There are also some fascinating col legno passages at the beginning of the seventh movement."-Rick Anderson, All Music

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Noyes, Charles K. / Elliott Sharp
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Sharp, Elliot: Tectonics
Field & Stream
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Sharp's, Elliott Terraplane
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Sharp, Elliott
IrRational Music [BOOK]
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Sharp, Elliot / Orchestra Carbon
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Chansons du Crepuscule (Helene Breschand / Elliott Sharp)
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Synkretika (Carl Stone / Elliott Sharp)
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Kick It Six
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McKenzie II, Donald Sturge Anthony (feat. Elliott Sharp, Bill Laswell and Vernon Reid)
Silenced II - Views from the Auction Block
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Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander)
Walk My Way, Volume One
Semantics (Elliott Sharp / Ned Rothenberg / Samm Bennett)
Sharp, Elliott / Sergio Sorrentino
(ANTS Records)
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Chadbourne, Eugene / Cat Jammers
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Silenced II - Views from the Auction Block [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
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Sharp, Elliott Carbon (feat. Zeena Parkins / Bobby Previte)
Transmigration at the Solar Max
Sharp, Elliott / Zeena Parkins
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Sharp, Elliott Aggregat (Bynum / Greene II / Jones / Altschul)
(Clean Feed)
Sharp, Elliott Aggregat
(Clean Feed)
Sharp, Elliott
(Long Song Records)
Sharp, Elliott / Fields, Scott
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Octal: Book One (Clean Feed Guitar Series Vol. 2)
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