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Sharp, Elliott: Abstraction Distraction (D'Autres Cordes)

Elliott Sharp on soprano and tenor sax with analog and digital synthesizers and computer processing in 7 interactive works improvising over unusual rhythmic structures.

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UPC: 884502426649

Label: D'Autres Cordes
Catalog ID: DAC 181
Squidco Product Code: 13349

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: France
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recordded live at Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, Venice, Italy, November 2008 by Alberto Spezzamonte.


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"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. Quadrantids 6:13

2. Limbium 5:35

3. Boot The Plute 5:51

4. Metelegy 6:15

5. Vortex Field 8:00

6. Blown Away 4:56

7. Manaus 10:07
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"Abstraction Distraction was also composed to provide a challenge to myself: to construct an entire CD using only my soprano and tenor saxophones as the solo voice. I allowed myself only one or two takes on each piece to preserve the spontaneity found in a session of jazz or other improvised music. After the basic rhythmic beds were composed, I overdubbed the saxophone solos. My soprano and tenor saxophones were mic'd conventionally with a Neumann condensor but a clip-on Beyer dynamic microphone was also used with the signal routed through a Zoom Ultra-Fuzz distortion pedal and an Eventide Timefactor delay and recorded simultaneously on separate tracks. All processing was done in real-time."-Elliott Sharp

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