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Butcher, John: Resonant Spaces (Confront)

Extreme acoustic space recordings from saxophonist John Butcher, part of Arika's Resonant Spaces event, with performances from resonant and remote corners of Scotland.
 

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John Butcher-feedback tenor, feedback soprano, acoustic soprano, amplified/feedback soprano, acoustic/amplified/feedback soprano


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Label: Confront
Catalog ID: Confront 17
Squidco Product Code: 11346

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Ruari Cormack in Scotland and Orkney, June 2006: 20th-Standing Stones of Tenness, Orkney Mainland; 21st - Lyness Oil Tank, Hoy; 23rd - Smoo Cave, Durness; 25th - Tugnet Iced House, Spey Bay; 28th - Wormit Reservoir, Fife; 29th - Hamilton Mausoleum, South Lanarkshire.

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"The recordings on this disc were made as part of Arika's Resonant Spaces event, a touring project that we ran in summer 2006. Visiting spaces which displayed extreme acoustic properties we asked John Butcher (and sound artist Akio Suzuki) to be informed by the acoustic space they found themselves in. Around the more remote corners of Scotland we presented performances in sites with specific acoustic properties: standing stone circles, a WWII military fuel storage tank, a sea cave, an ice-house, an abandoned reservoir and a mausoleum. (Barry Esson, Arika)"-John Butcher

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Artist Biographies

"John Butcher's work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics.Originally a physicist, he left academia in '82, and has since collaborated with hundreds of musicians - Derek Bailey, John Tilbury, John Stevens, The EX, Akio Suzuki, Gerry Hemingway, Polwechsel, Gino Robair, Rhodri Davies, Okkyung Lee, John Edwards, Toshi Nakamura, Paul Lovens, Eddie Prevost, Mark Sanders, Christian Marclay, Otomo Yoshihide, Phil Minton, and Andy Moor - to name a few.

He is well known as a solo performer who attempts to engage with the uniqueness of place. Resonant Spaces is a collection of site-specific performances collected during a tour of unusual locations in Scotland and the Orkney Islands.His first solo album, Thirteen Friendly Numbers, includes compositions for multitracked saxophones, whilst later solo CDs focus on live performance, composition, amplification and saxophone-controlled feedback.

HCMF has twice commissioned him to compose for his own large ensembles. Other commissions include for Elision (Australia), the Rova (USA) & Quasar (Canada) Saxophone Quartets, reconstructed Futurist Intonarumori (USA), "Tarab Cuts" (based on pre-WWII Arabic recordings, and shortlisted for the 2014 British Composer's Award) and "Good Liquor .." for the London Sinfonietta. In 2011 he received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists.

Recent groupings include The Apophonics with Robair and Edwards, Anemone with Peter Evans, Plume with Tony Buck & Magda Mayas and a trio with Okkyung Lee & Mark Sanders.Butcher values playing in occasional encounters - ranging from large groups such as Butch Morris' London Skyscraper and the EX Orkestra, to duo concerts with David Toop, Kevin Drumm, Claudia Binder, Paal Nilssen-Love, Thomas Lehn, Fred Frith, Keiji Haino, Ute Kangeisser, Matthew Shipp and Yuji Takahashi."

-John Butcher Website (http://www.johnbutcher.org.uk/Biog.html)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Sympathetic Magic (Stone) 7:50

2. Calls From A Rusty Cage 7:30

3. Wind Piece 3:11

4. Floating Cult 6:16

5. Close By, A Waterfall 6:11

6. New Scapa Flow 6:20

7. Styptic 3:25

8. Frost Piece 2:19

9. Sympathetic Magic (Metal) 5:49

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