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Kahn, Jason / Mueller, Jon : Papercuts (Crouton)


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Hand numbered limited edition of 500

Label: Crouton
Catalog ID: crou022
Squidco Product Code: 7982

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: USA
Packaging: Individually numbered cardstock sleeve


Jason Kahn

Jon Mueller

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" is a musician, artist and writer. He was born 1960 in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He re-located to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zürich.

As an electronic musician, vocalist and drummer Kahn collaborates regularly with many musicians, both in improvised settings and in the context of graphical scores which he composes for specific groups.

Kahn has exhibited his installations in museums, galleries, art spaces and public sites internationally. These works focus on the idea of space: the conceptual and physical juncture points, its production and dissolution, and our relation to it as a political, social and environmental medium.

Kahn's other activities include sound pieces for radio, film, dance and theater. He has also designed numerous CD, LP and cassette covers. As a writer, his work has appeared in books, magazines and as liner notes to many audio publications.

Performing regularly around the world, Kahn has given concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and South Africa.

In 2011 Kahn started the Editions imprint to publish his own recordings and writings."

-Jason Kahn Website (

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"Jon Mueller (born 1970 in Waukesha, Wisconsin) is an American percussionist and composer, active in experimental and rock disciplines.

Jon Mueller was introduced to music through his parents, and began taking guitar and piano lessons at an early age. After quitting both, he became interested in the drums after his friend inherited a drumset. The instrument appealed to him due to its focus away from melody. In an interview with Natasha Pickowicz, Mueller stated, "Hitting the drums and cymbals sounded good, no matter the combination." He then began taking snare drum lessons before moving to a full kit.

In 1990, he studied with jazz musician Hal Russell while attending Columbia College in Chicago.

Mueller graduated in 1995 from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee with a bachelor's degree in English. In 2008, he earned his Master of Business Administration degree.

In the 1990s, he met guitarist Chris Rosenau, with whom he developed a long-time association. Together, they founded the groups Pele and Collections of Colonies of Bees. The latter group later co-founded Volcano Choir with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. Their debut album Unmap reached number 92 on the Billboard 200 chart.

He has also worked with a variety of musicians such as James Plotkin, Rhys Chatham, Asmus Tietchens, Z'EV, Jason Kahn, Marcus Schmickler, Bhob Rainey, Jack Wright, and others.

In 2003, he began experimenting with vibrating drums on top of speakers. This direction is documented on his What's Lost is Something Important CD, Metals CD, Physical Changes LP/CD/DVD, and Alphabet of Movements LP.

He has performed solo and in various groupings throughout North America, Europe, United Kingdom, and Japan, in venues including New Museum (New York), Arnolfini (Bristol, UK), MusŽe des Beaux-Arts de MontrŽal, (MontrŽal, QC), Issue Project Room (New York), Guggenheim (New York), and Cafe OTO (London, UK). His solo and collaborative recordings have been released by labels such as Table of the Elements, Polyvinyl Records, Type Recordings, Jagjaguwar, Hometapes, Important Records, Taiga Records, and many others.

In 1999, he formed the record label, magazine, and music distribution company Crouton. Crouton published over 40 releases, mostly in limited editions, featuring the work of The Hafler Trio, Asmus Tietchens, Daniel Menche, Robert Hampson, Robert Haigh, Jarboe, Lionel Marchetti, Jason Kahn, Aranos, Alessandro Bosetti, Osso Exotico, Z'EV, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Pele, and many others, as well as his own releases. Crouton also organized events in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas. These were documented by the press and even filmed as part of a PBS documentary (on Ken Vandermark). The business closed in 2009.

In 2009, he was referred to by Pitchfork as "an audacious ringleader for new music."

In 2011, he started his Death Blues project, described by Mueller as, "a multidisciplinary project that addresses the inevitability of death as impetus to become more present in each moment." Performances for the project took place throughout the U.S., including Hopscotch Fest and Alverno Presents."

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1. Papercuts 18:06
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"Over the years, both Jason Kahn and Jon Mueller have explored different means of percussion, finding texture and rhythm in not only acoustic drums, but in their relation to electronic devices. This pursuit also included work with other, non-drum related material. Papercuts is a critical document of this pursuit. Recorded over the course of a year, it was created entirely with various grades of handmade and commercial paper. With an extensive and delicate approach to mixing and electronic processing, this work retains the source of the recording, the grit and feel of dried pulp, and the texture of its interaction with movement and malleability. Here rhythms appear naturally, without intentional effort, to create a new discovery in the world of percussion.

Jason Kahn was originally a percussionist, and later began integrating live electronics into his playing. His solo performances involve laptop, analogue synthesizer or minimal percussion-either singularly or in combination. Currently residing in Zürich, Switzerland, he has performed or recorded with Günter Müller, Dieb13, Erik M, Voice Crack, Evan Parker, Christian Marclay, Kevin Drumm, Steve Roden, John Hudak, Kim Cascone, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Toshimaru Nakamura, Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Taku Sugimoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, Utah Kawasaki, and Koji Asano. From 1994-99, he was a member of American composer Arnold Dreyblatt's group "The Orchestra of Excited Strings," performing installations, multi-media pieces and concerts. He started the CD label cut in 1996, which has ten releases to date. He has composed music for theater and dance and has performed throughout Europe, North America, Japan, Israel, Turkey, Russia and Australia.

Percussionist Jon Mueller has worked within a variety of genres with the likes of Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Asmus Tietchens, Achim Wollscheid, Aranos, Bhob Rainey, Matt Turner, Boris Hauf, Hal Rammel, and has performed as part of Fred Lonberg-Holm's Lightbox Orchestra. He has composed music for dance and film, has numerous recordings available throughout the world, and has performed throughout North America and Japan."-Crouton

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