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CHANGES TO blind + Blue Sausage Infant (Intangible Arts)

Blue Sausage Infant and CHANGES TO blind met in 1992 for these improvised studio recordings, and to perform CTb's sonic tour of a house live at Troy, NY's Last Exit.

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Label: Intangible Arts
Catalog ID: IA011
Squidco Product Code: 12012

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Paper foldover in a plastic sleeve
Tracks 1, 2, & 4 recorded at The Mucal Studio, Rotterdamn, NY April 1992. Track 3 recorded live at Last Exit, Troy, NY on April 25, 1992


Phil Zampino-electronics, samplers, synth, voice

Alexander Hawkins-samples, tapes, guitar, bass, vocals

Orphy Robinson-vocals, effects processing (tracks 3 & 4)

Irvin Pierce-tenor sax (tracks 3 & 4)

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Artist Biographies:

phil zampino, born in 1961 in Westpoint, NY, is the son of clarinetist Gerald Zampino, and was raised with shards of music stimulating his ears from his initial memories. A mixture of music, mathematics, computers, and a love of collecting unusual recordings led to the ineludible formation of CHANGES TO blind. Those same foundations led him to forming this very same Squidco, the online music store and distributorship focused on improvisation and experimental sound. Having no longer a concept of right or wrong in "music", he follows his eccentric ear to wherever sounds leads him.

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"Alexander Hawkins is a composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader who is 'unlike anything else in modern creative music' (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a 'dazzling new apex' (Downbeat). A largely self-taught improviser, he works in a vast array of creative contexts. His own highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure. In 2012, he was chosen as a member of the first edition of the London Symphony Orchestra's 'Soundhub' scheme for young composers. He also received a major BBC commission in late 2012 for a fifty minute composition: One Tree Found was first performed and broadcast in March 2013, and was subsequently performed and broadcast for the WDR in Cologne (2014). He has also twice been commissioned by the London Jazz Festival (once as composer, once as an arranger), and by the Cheltenham Jazz Festival (2016).

An in-demand sideman, Hawkins continues to be heard live and on record with vast array of contemporary leaders of all generations, including the likes of Evan Parker, John Surman, Joe McPhee, Mulatu Astatke, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Marshall Allen, Rob Mazurek, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Harris Eisenstadt, amongst many others. He has also been noted in recent years for his performances in the bands of legendary South African drummer, Louis Moholo-Moholo. Concert appearances have taken him to club, concert and festival stages worldwide."

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"The tuba player and composer Robin Hayward was born in Brighton, England in 1969. He studied classical music at the University of Manchester and tuba at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he graduated in 1991. In following years he was active in the improvised and experimental music scenes in Manchester and London. Since 1998 he has been based in Berlin.

He has introduced revolutionary playing techniques to brass instruments, initially through the discovery of the 'noise-valve' in 1996, and later through the development of the first fully microtonal tuba in 2009. In 2012 he invented the Hayward Tuning Vine, partly out of a desire to visualise the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba. In 2005 he founded the ensemble Zinc & Copper to explore brass chamber music from an experimental music perspective.

Robin Hayward has toured extensively both solo and in collaboration, and been featured in such festivals as Maerzmusik, Fri Resonans, Donaueschingen, TRANSIT festival, Ghent Festival of Flanders, Ostrava New Music Days, Sound Symposium, Kieler Tage für Neue Musik and Wien Modern. Collaborations include such musicians as Charles Curtis and Roberto Fabbriciani, along with composers such as Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier and Eliane Radigue. His approach to the tuba has been documented in the solo releases Valve Division, States of Rushing, Nouveau Saxhorn Nouveau Basse and Rubble Master, along with numerous collaborative releases, such as with the microtonal tuba trio Microtub and the tuba and double bass duo Reidemeister Move. He has lectured at such institutions as Stuttgart Musikhochschule, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, UDK Berlin, Dartmouth College and Wesleyan University. He has also worked regularly with such orchestras as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and from 2002 to 2012 was a member of the new music ensemble KNM Berlin.

In 2012 the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) presented him with the Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research for his 2011 article on the history and development of the microtonal tuba. In 2016 he received the ITEA's Jim and Jamie Self Creative Award for his work with the microtonal tuba and Hayward Tuning Vine."

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"Tenor saxophonist-Irvin Pierce [...] is often compared to John Coltrane. He made his recording debut at the age of 15 on "The Drive" a CD produced by his mentor Robert Irving III for the Jazz Links Ensemble on the Jazz Institute of Chicago label. Irving says, "At that age one could hear the sound of a promising young kid. Today, in just five-years, I hear a young master soloist." Irvin recently toured in France with Rob Mazurek's Third Coast Ensemble."

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track listing:

1. Esophagus Full Of Marbles 22:00

2. Outhouse 1 5:25

3. House 21:02

4. Outhouse 2 1:53
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Blue Sausage Infant and CHANGES TO blind met in 1992 to perform CTb's sonic tour of a house live at Troy, NY's Last Exit, and to create these improvised studio recordings. CHANGES TO blind is Squidco's Phil Zampino, augmented live with Robin Sumrall, creating organized sound recordings that utilize improvised approaches to create dense and expeditionary works that owe a great deal to the NY Downtown and artists like David Myers (Arcane Device). Blue Sausage Infant is Chester Hawkins' long running sound project, creating brutalist noise, textured drone, pounding neo-tribalism and krautrock-flavored psychedelic sound; for the live performace BSI performed was augmented with L. Pierce on tenor sax.

"House" was a conceptual or thematic work, reflecting various and often absurd views of the various rooms and facets of a house. The piece uses a range of treated and manipulated samples, effected free vocal improv, distant sax ruminations, and BSI's twisted psychedelic drive - these soundboard recordings capture the essence of the performance. The remaining tracks were recorded during the rehearsals for "House", where Hawkins and Zampino improvised freely using similar sound sources without thematic constraint, creating a disturbing set of recordings. Those tracks are epitomized in "Esophagus Full of Marbles", a phrase heard early in that recording, an image that well captures the thick gargling sound of their collaboration.

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Electro-Acoustic Improv
Improvised Music
Sound, Noise, &c.

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