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Battus / Abdelnour: Ichnites (Potlatch)

Unusual improvisation from saxophonist Abdelnour using extended and microtonal techniques, and Pascal Battus who works with rotating surfaces from Walkmans as sound exciters.

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UPC: 3491570000823

Label: Potlatch
Catalog ID: P110
Squidco Product Code: 12910

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: France
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.
Recorded by Etienne Foyer on May 26, 2009.


Pascal Battus-rotating surfaces

Christine Sehnaoui Abdelnour-alto sax

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Lebanese-born and living in France, Christine Sehnaoui Abdelnour started in 1997 her own autodidact study of sound experimentation on the alto saxophone, creating quickly a strong personal language on how to make music close to electronic tones on an acoustic instrument. With deep sensitivity, she has expanded new techniques and complex patterns, exploring the microtonal aspects of the saxophone or its high-pitched tone.

Pascal Battus works out his own instrumental practice around what he named: "surrounded guitar" (an electric guitar on a table + a contact-microphone + various objects + electronics), percussion (amplified or acoustic objects) or guitar pick-up. On Ichnites, he plays rotating surfaces. They consist of small motorised components from inside old Walkmans, used as exciters on different objects reacting as vibrators and resonators : sheets of paper, cardboards, plastic, wooden, metal or polystyrene pieces, and stems connected to cymbals."-Potlatch

Artist Biographies

"Sound artist, improviser, composer Pascal Battus develops a practice of sound more attentive to the sound gesture, the listening and the situation which determines them than to a defined instrument: the pickup of guitar (guitar pickup without guitar) , rotating surfaces, the guitar "environnée" (electric guitar on table + micro contact + various objects + electronics), percussion (objects amplified or not), ... His work is regularly broadcast on international airwaves (France Musique, Resonance FM, ...) He has played in Europe, United States of America, Canada, Asia, Middle East, Australia, ... solo or more frequently with other musicians. he often works with dancers, visual artists (video, light, sculpture, ...). He creates Graphones (sound drawings) and co-invents Massages Sonores. His records are published by Potlatch, Corpus Hermeticum, Amor Fati, Another Stamp, Cathnor, Organized Music From Thessaloniki, Herbal International ..."

-Pascal Battus Website (Translated by Google) (

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Track Listing:

1. égrenages & pelage 10:05

2. fouilles & rongement 11:36

3. estocade & coulées 9:15

4. reliefs de repas 10:38

5. voies & allures 4:33

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
lowercase, reductionist, micro-improv, sound improv, onkyo sound
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Free Improvisation
Duo Recordings

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