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Lexer, Sebastian: Dazwischen (Matchless)

Dazwischen means in-between, and these works by pianist, electronic artist and AMM associate Sebastian Lexer bridge the electronic, compositional, and free improv worlds with subtlety.

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Sebastian Lexer-piano, MAX/MSP programming+

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8 page booklet with notes by Eddie Prevost, Ian Stonehouse and John Tilbury.

UPC: 502049207421

Label: Matchless
Catalog ID: MRCD74
Squidco Product Code: 12006

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at the Electronic Music Studios, Goldsmiths, Univerisy of London on November 16, 2008 by Sebastian Lexer.

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"I have known Sebastian Lexer for the best part of ten years. I first met him when, after leaving his native Germany, he came to study music at London's Goldsmiths' College (where he first came into contact with John Tilbury). He, along with some of his contemporaries, decided to join the weekly improvisation workshop that I had begun to convene. Since then we have become good friends and colleagues. I have seen how he works in respect to his chosen instrument, his thoughtful collaborations with others and how he negotiates with the newer technologies that are making an impact upon our musical world. It is this latter aspect that is the most obvious concern of Sebastian's first solo CD. And the texts which make up the booklet that accompanies this CD deal with the consequences of Lexer's exchange with computer and piano. John Tilbury considers some of the conventional musical antecedents that have informed Sebastian's musical thinking, his approach, the consequent arising effects and implications. Ian Stonehouse reviews some of the more technical considerations. Both writers, who also know Lexer well, naturally carry assumptions about Sebastian which inform their narratives but which may be hidden from the reader. So, I take this opportunity to advise readers and potential listeners to this album, a little about Lexer the artist and Lexer the man.

In becoming part of the improvisation workshop, Sebastian began to embrace and expand upon a line of musical enquiry that arose in the musical philosophy of AMM. However, he also began to appreciate that a musical community is much more than a collection of clever and ambitious individuals. With little 'official' resources devoted to this kind of musical life he acknowledged that it was necessary, as well as potentially more rewarding, to invest in the society of improvised musicians. To this end - as well as being a valuable colleague in ensembles like 9!1, in which Lexer features to good effect and (in my opinion) elegance - he has always been generous with his time and services to others. As a musician, as a recording engineer, as a supporter and as an organiser. To wit: his ongoing Interlace Series at Goldsmiths' College. This began in 2002 and continues to this day.2

Music for Lexer is something which reveals and expands his (and our) humanity. I have lost count of the moments that I have found his music intrinsically moving as well as supportive of others. He takes the sounds and the aspirations of this fleeting genre of music and makes them beautiful. For me he embodies the model musician. This CD may be Sebastian Lexer's first as a soloist but no one should infer that this is in any way a beginning. This music has the mark of a mature reflection upon the materials and the issues at hand. I am confident that Sebastian will imprint upon the ensuing development of a music, and social movement, of which he is an emergent creative part."-Eddie Prevost-May 2009

1. none (-t) 9! (featuring: Nathaniel Catchpole, Jamie Coleman, Alex James, Ross Lambert, John lely, Sebastian Lexer, Marianthi Papalexandri, Eddie Prévost and Seymour Wright.) 2002. Matchless Recordings MRCD54.

2 the website and audio archive of the concerts http://interlace.incalcan
8 page booklet with notes by Eddie Prevost, Ian Stonehouse and John Tilbury.

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Sebastian Lexer is a UK pianist, improviser, researcher, and software engineer. His recordings can be heard on Matchless Records, Another Timbre, Fataka, and Dromos Records. He attended Goldsmiths College, University of London between 1995-2000.

-Squidco 12/6/2023

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Track Listing:

1. Time 9:43

2. Defining Edges 7:20

3. Rapprochement 7:27

4. Tone 5:34

5. Abcissa And Ordinate 14:06

6. Opposition 11:59

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