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Farmer / Munthe: Angle Of Repose (Bug Incision Records)

Texture heavy sonic free improvisation from the duo of Swedish free improviser Christian Munthe on acoustic guitar and Patrick Farmer on "acoustic turntable", each masking the sounds of their instruments in uncommon ways, pacing their interactions with subtlety and intention.

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Label: Bug Incision Records
Catalog ID: bim-71
Squidco Product Code: 22559

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve
Recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2011.


Patrick Farmer-acoustic turntable

Christian Munthe-acoustic guitar

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Artist Biographies:

"Patrick Farmer (b.1983) is a musician and sound artist working within improvisation and composition. Commonly referred to as a percussionist, Farmer will often enlist the help of a drum or turntable to act as a resonator for natural materials or filtering field recordings. He has performed throughout Europe and America, including concerts at the ICA, Stockholm National Gallery, and The Radiator Festival. He has recently spent time as artist in residence at Q-O2 in Belgium and MOKS in Estonia, with a forthcoming residency at Soundfjord, London."

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"Born 1962 and residing in Gothenburg, Christian Munthe is a Swedish free improviser concentrating on the sonic possibilities offered by an acoustic guitar. Since the 1980's he has performed/recorded solo as well as with Günter Christmann, Anders Dahl, Nina de Heney, Patrick Farmer, Mats Gustafsson, Thomas Lehn, Paul Lovens, Phil Minton, Tatsuya Nakatani, Christine Sehnaoui, Roger Turner, Phil Wachsmann, a.o. He runs the label forsake recordings." (

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track listing:

1. I 12:17

2. II 11:26

3. III 5:21

4. IV 7:58
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"Angle of Repose presents four improvisations pitting Munthe's acoustic guitar against Farmer's "acoustic turntable", an instrument he has been investigating quite thoroughly over the last number of years. What that instrument credit means, exactly, is not entirely clear, for two reasons. One is that, while Munthe's credit reads familiarly enough, what he does to his guitar often sounds nothing like the instrument's usual voice. He mangles and ravages the body and strings, extracting tense, brittle textures and rustlings of pure sound. And the second reason is that whatever Farmer is doing to/on his "acoustic turntable" sounds equally like nothing that normally comes out of a turntable, even from the legions of so-called turntable experimentalists out there. What we are left with is a very tactile, texture-heavy dialogue between two highly competent improvisors, using invented languages to conjure up some truly personal music."-Bug Incision

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
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Duo Recordings
Electro-Acoustic Improv

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