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Wastell / Marhaug: Kiss Of Acid (Monotype)

A dark kiss of acid from Lasse Marhaug performing on electronics, computer and the compositional structures, with Mark Wastell submitting rich recordings of a 32" Paiste tam-tam.

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UPC: B0052M1C4E

Label: Monotype
Catalog ID: MONO033
Squidco Product Code: 14326

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard foldover
Original tam tam material recorded by Graham Halliwell at The Old School, Bracon Ash, Norfolk during September 2004. Compositional structuring completed by Lasse Marhaug during February-October 2005.


Lasse Marhaug-electronics, computer, compositional structure

Mark Wastell-pre-recorded 32" paiste tam tam

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"Lasse Marhaug (b. 1974) has since the early 1990s been one of the most active artists in the Norwegian noise/experimental music scene. As a performer and composer he has contributed to well over 300 CD, vinyl and cassette releases over the years, as well as extensive touring and performing live on all continents of the world. In addition to his solo work, Marhaug has collaborated with several artists in the fields of noise, experimental, improv, jazz, rock and extreme metal, as well as working with music and sound for theatre, dance, installations, film and video. In the mid-90s Marhaug started TWR Tapes (still going) and Jazzassin Records (ended 2001). In the 2000s he started the record labels Pica Disk and Prisma Records. In 2011 he started his own print publishing called Marhaug Forlag. He has also been active as an organizer, promoter and producer. Marhaug was born in the northern regions above the arctic circle of Norway, but currently lives in Oslo."

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1. Kiss of Acid 41:45
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"I had hired a tam-tam, 36" Paiste, to take to a solo concert in Paris. There was some confusion over train tickets and I regretfully never made it out of London. So, I had to make use of this instrument that I had paid for for the weekend. I hastily contacted THE recording engineer of the period, Graham Halliwell (wonderful musician too, yeah, you know that!), and we quickly arranged a session at the acoustically perfect Old School, Norfolk. Hours were spent perfecting microphone placement and recording volumes and subsequently some tastey tam-tam music was committed to tape.

Then what to do with it?

Lasse and I had crossed paths a few times over the preceding years; noteably a concert together in Trondheim, Norway with Michael Duch and a show I had organised for him at Sound 323 with Ronnie Sundin. I suggested (pleaded?) that he might like to work with the tam-tam material and he agreed.

Time passed, composition was cast. Lasse completed the task admirably.I intended to release it on my label, Confront. Never happened (can't remember why ?!?!). We offered it to Ideal. Waited a couple of years. Never happened .... (we still love you Joachim!). Offered it to Touch (pretty sure Mike never listened to it). Time passed, slowly ...

Lasse had passed it onto Mr. Maker, Jakub Monotype, and he said yes ... AND meant it. AND he made it happen. AND printed covers. AND manufacured cds ... AND compiled press releases ... AND sent it to reviewers .... AND sent it to distributors .... wow!!! Good man!!

In recent years Lasse Marhaug has almost become synonymous with Scandinavian Noise. From his "camp" in Trondhem, Norway, he's been launching release after release with brutal and often "witty" noise both under his real name and with groups such as DEL and parts of the Origami Republika projects. Lasse has also worked with some of the "legends" such as Merzbow and Aube, and played before Einstürzende Neubauten on his GB-tour.

London-based sound artist and composer Mark Wastell builds enormous atmospheres on the Tam Tam with very little actual movement. Wastell's music is dark, deep and beautiful. Slow movements build up sonic pulses that are able to take over rooms and buildings. He has collaborated with many people including Rhodri Davies, Bernard Gunter, Evan Parker, Mattin, Tony Conrad, Keith Rowe, Otomo Yoshihide, Derek Bailey, John Butcher, Toshimaru Nakamura, Joachim Nordwall, Lasse Maurhaug, Max Eastley and Burkhard Beins.

Then, BANG! Five years after recording ... we get a deal."-Wastell & Marhaug

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