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Kahn, Jason and Asher: Planes (Mikroton Recordings)

Sonic explorer Jason Kahn & Asher Thal-Nir in a 2008 concert at Boston's Axiom Gallery for a performance that creates inspired sound worlds by layering Kahn's planes of sound with Asher's environmental processing.
 

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Jason Kahn-analouge synthesizer, percussion

Asher Thal-Nir-recording and playback devices


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Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: cd 3
Squidco Product Code: 14396

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Russia
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on September 26th, 2008 in the Axiom Gallery, Boston.

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"Over three decades Jason Kahn developed his unique sonic language, now exploring the interaction between sound and space using a compact setup of percussion and analog synthesizer. He has performed and recorded albums with Günter Müller, Norbert Möslang, Kim Cascone, Arnold Dreyblatt, Steve Roden, Dieb13, Richard Francis, Ryu Hankil, Jon Mueller and many others. He ran his own Cut label from 1997 to 2008, releasing 25 albums.

Asher is one the most interesting new composers in the United States, combining acoustic and electronic instruments and location recordings. His organic-sounding albums have gained much positive critical acclaim around the world. He released work on such labels like Homophoni, ConV, Leerraum [ ], Winds Measure Recordings, Room40 and his own Sourdine, and worked with such artists like Ubeboet, Jason Kahn and Zimoun.

Planes documents a 2008 concert at the Axiom Gallery in Boston. This was Asher and Jason Kahn's first chance to meet and to perform together. They had previously collaborated on the compostion Vista, released by the and/OAR label. Kahn also contributed one shorter piece for a CD compilation released on Asher's Sourdine label.

Planes integrates timbral vibration, hissing enironmental recordings, sound dust, veils of interference and tonal synthesizer hills into an hypnotizing and highly emotive work."-Mikroton



"The ever busy bee Jason Kahn - how much can he put out? I guess he just records everything he does and sometimes things lie around, but ultimately it sees a release, somehow, somewhere. Here he teams up with Asher, who is likewise busy, mainly in the realm of CDR and MP3 releases. On September 26 2008 they meet up at the Axiom Gallery in Boston and Kahn has his analogue synthesizer and percussion, whilst Asher brings 'recording and playback devices' to the table. I assume, but I am not sure, that Asher picks up whatever signal Kahn plays and process that through an array of analogue machinery: cassettes or reel to reel tapes. Or perhaps its about the addition of recorded (field-) sounds? I don't know. This is a highly 'warm' live recording, I guess (again) done with microphones, perhaps overlaid with the line recordings. Contemplative, slow moving, endless on the sustain, but never real drone based, since there is enough variation in the piece."-Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly


Artist Biographies

" is a musician, artist and writer. He was born 1960 in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He re-located to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zürich.

As an electronic musician, vocalist and drummer Kahn collaborates regularly with many musicians, both in improvised settings and in the context of graphical scores which he composes for specific groups.

Kahn has exhibited his installations in museums, galleries, art spaces and public sites internationally. These works focus on the idea of space: the conceptual and physical juncture points, its production and dissolution, and our relation to it as a political, social and environmental medium.

Kahn's other activities include sound pieces for radio, film, dance and theater. He has also designed numerous CD, LP and cassette covers. As a writer, his work has appeared in books, magazines and as liner notes to many audio publications.

Performing regularly around the world, Kahn has given concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and South Africa.

In 2011 Kahn started the Editions imprint to publish his own recordings and writings."

-Jason Kahn Website (http://www.jasonkahn.net/biography/index.html)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Planes 37:05

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Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Cut
Free Improvisation
Boston Area Improvisers
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