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Borbetomagus / Voice Crack: Fish That Sparkling Bubble (Agaric)

The meeting of the extreme jazz trio Borbetomagus and the electroacoustic trio Voicetrack for an album of radical textures, timbres, colors, and tone fields.
 

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Jim Sauter-saxophones

Don Dietrich-saxophones

Donald Miller-guitar

Adam Nodelman-bass

Andy Guhl-cracked everyday-electronics

Norbert Mosland-cracked everyday-electronics


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UPC: 786497098808

Label: Agaric
Catalog ID: Agaric 1987
Squidco Product Code: 12394

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1988
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded March 12, 1988 at the Music Box, NYC by Jacques Kralian.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Fans of Borbetomagus will be thrilled by this CD reissue of the 1988 collaborative date with Swiss electronic duo Voice Crack. What is most impressive is how complementary the approaches are here. Whereas Borbetomagus uses extreme volume and pitch centers in order to achieve the subtle nuances that emerge from the music in overtone series, semi-quavered fibrillations, and multiphonic nuances, Voice Crack constructs a virtual electronic city of all devices known to the recording world, from turntables and circuit boards to reel-to-reel tape decks to analog and digital delays. When the two are combined, as they are on each of this recording's five selections -- including such Borbetomagus classics as "We Don't Need No Warrior Goddess" and "My Tongue in Your Cheek" -- the sonic fields are much wider, more dissonant, and definitely subtler. The listener has to fully engage not only with the stolid emotional force pouring forth from the speakers -- though that's fine on first listen -- but also to sort out the panoply of textures, ambiences, colors, and tone fields that are slipping in, through, and around each other in the mix. This is complex listening, like trying to find one airplane's specific sound on a battlefield, but it is worth the effort. Once the shifting aural terrains are noted and put into play, anything can and usually does happen, and the tectonic plates of improvisation move against each other in mighty but stunningly beautiful ways. Skronk never sounded so pretty."


Artist Biographies

Multi-reedist Jim Sauter was born July 23, 1953 in Nyack, NY. He currently lives in Sparkill, NY. He is a primary member of Borbetomagus.

-Squidco 11/29/2023

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"Don Dietrich is a saxophonist and founding member of New York City based improvisational group, Borbetomagus. Recently, he has become involved with the noise/free jazz "supergroup" The New Monuments (with C. Spencer Yeh and Ben Hall)."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Dietrich_(musician))
11/29/2023

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"Donald Miller was born on 7 May 1958 in Washington, DC, and raised in suburban Maryland. At age 13, he began formal guitar lessons. At 18, he moved to New York City, where he was educated at Columbia University's College and the School of Visual Arts, receiving a BFA from the latter in 1982. He remained in The City for a quarter century.

Miller entered the NYC New Music scene in 1978, already possessing a strong background in the avant-garde. His first regular band was the now cult-status group Sick Dick & the Volkswagens, which featured infamous critic/crooner Lester Bangs as an auxiliary member. In February 1979, Miller met and first played with saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich, giving immediate birth to Borbetomagus.

From 1984-99, Miller also worked closely with free jazz drummer William Hooker, in both duo and larger band formats. In this milieu, Miller met saxist Blaise Siwula, with whom he has worked in duo and trios with drummers Mike Evans, Jeff Arnal and Matt Hannafin, and the late synth guru Doug Walker.

In August 2001, Miller and his wife moved to New Orleans, four weeks ahead of the September 11 attack on NYC, and into a house 90+% unscathed by the wrath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. There he formed The Death Posture with fellow guitarist Rob Cambre and Butoh dancer Vanessa Skantze in early 2002. This ensemble performed over two dozen butoh actions, later including dancer Alex Haverfield, in the Gulf Coast area, mostly to a stunned New Orleans, until late 2004 when Skantze and Haverfield took themselves and the name (with Miller's blessing) to Seattle. Miller and Cambre have continued to perform in solo and ensemble lineups, and gave two notable reunion performances with Vanessa in 2006."

-Discogs.com (https://www.discogs.com/artist/329415-Donald-Miller)
11/29/2023

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Track Listing:



1. We Don't Need No Warrior Goddess 8:38

2. Vungavunga 10:56

3. Cracked Magus 7:15

4. Floonder King 3:12

5. My Tongue in Your Cheek 9:27

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Free Improvisation

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