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Candlesnuffer: Wakool (Room40)

Wakool is an interrogation into an expanded range of techniques and gestures from David Brown playing banjo, electroacoustic guitar, bandura, and eukolin.

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Label: Room40
Catalog ID: EDRM 412CD
Squidco Product Code: 7949

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Australia
Packaging: CD in a clam shell snap case
Recorded in North Fitzroy on Sunday afternoons May 2006.


David Brown-banjo, electroacoustic guitar, bandura, eukolin

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track listing:

1. Everything is Cheaper than it Looks 10:53

2. Sad Dog (Gunbalanya) 5:12

3. Old Verve (Croajingalong) 4:47

4. This Happened When Dogs Could Talk 4:14

5. Rechabites' Hammers (Wakool) 5:58

6. Hymns In Spitting (The Nobbies) 4:48

7. Your Fantastic Chemist 4:49

8. Words Dissolved In Eyes (Gettysburg) 3:40
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"Recorded over a series of four Sunday afternoons, Wakool is an interrogation into an expanded range of techniques and gestures applied to instruments including banjo, electroacoustic guitar, bandura, and eukolin. In part an antidote to laborious studio process, this project privileges live stereo recordings without additional overdubs, processing or equalization. The varied and spontaneous nature of David's effortless playing across an eclectic range of instruments was recorded transparently to direct the aural focus on the dynamics and nuances comprising each performance. In some ways Wakool is pure documentation of process, simply demonstrating David's formidable range of concepts and techniques developed over an extraordinary period of experimentation and research commencing in the late 70s. On the other hand David's meticulous preparation of each instrument combined with his prodigious knowledge of improvisational practice provides a complexity that negates the need for sophisticated studio process. Wakool stands as a testament to David's sustained and unwavering commitment to improvisation, which he executes with enthusiasm, vigour and inventiveness that easily posits him as the most vital figure in the Australian musical avant-garde." - Philip Samartzis

David Brown (b. 1956, Melbourne, Aust.) has been involved in the Melbourne experimental, art rock/punk rock scene since the mid-seventies. His current projects include punk jazz band bucketrider, lazy an improvising duo with percussionist Sean Baxter, improv/sound art group Western Grey with Baxter and Philip Samartzis, psychedelic electronic duo Terminal Hz with KK Null from Japan and prepared improvisational group Pateras/Baxter/Brown."-Room40

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Electro-Acoustic Improv
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Australian Improvisers, Composers and Experimenters

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