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Circuit: Pyro (FMR)

The UK electroacoustic improvising group led by FMR's label leader Trevor Taylor in two quartet recordings with Jonathon Seagroatt (reeds & electronics), Rob Stevenson (reeds & electronics), Steve Hubback (percussion) and and Geof Harris (bass).

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UPC: 023942908548

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 305-0411
Squidco Product Code: 14850

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at the Whitehouse in Rayleigh, UK on January 15th, 2011 and in Oxford on February 22nd, 2001.


Jon Seagroatt-bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, electronics

Trevor Taylor-electronic percussion, drums, percussion

Rob Stevenson-alto saxophone, WX7 Wind Synth, electronics

Geof Harris-eletric upright bass, acoustic bass, electric bass, electronics

Pat Thomas-Korg keyboard, electronics

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Artist Biographies:

Jon Seagroatt is a British-born instrumentalist, electro-acoustic composer and improviser, educator and producer. He's a member of Comus, Current 93, Red Square, Nonstop Tango and the Psychedelic Raiders, and He's toured and performed in Britain, Europe and the Far East. He plays variously bass, flute, soprano & tenor saxes, bass clarinet, percussion and electronics.

-Jon Seagroatt Website (

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Trevor Taylor is an improvising musician based in the UK, performing electroacoustic improvisation. He is best known for his band Circuit, and his associations with saxophonists Evan Parker and Paul Dunmall. He is also the label leader for FMR (Future Music Records).

-Squidco 10/3/2022

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"Born 27 July 1960; Piano, electronics. Pat Thomas started playing at the age of 8 and studied classical music and played reggae. He began playing jazz at sixteen after seeing Oscar Peterson on television then listened to snatches of jazz on the radio before, in 1979, playing his first serious improvised gigs. From 1986 he played with Ghosts which was Pete McPhail and Matt Lewis.

In addition to programming his keyboards, Pat Thomas also utilises prerecorded tapes. He told Chris Blackford (1991), 'As far as the tapes are concerned I'll probably just sit in front of the TV and tape whatever's going on and so some editing afterward to decide what might be useful. ...But I don't actually put a label on each tape saying what's on there, so when I come to use them I don't know what I'm going to be playing. That obviously prevents me from setting things up. I pick them at random and see what happens. So I'm just as surprised as anybody else at what comes out'.

In 1988 he was awarded an Arts Council Jazz Bursary to write three new electroacoustic compositions for his ten-piece ensemble, Monads: Roger Turner and Matt Lewis, percussion; Pete McPhail, WX7 wind synthesizer; Neil Palmer, turntables; Phil Minton, voice; Phil Durrant, violin; Marcio Mattos, bass; Jon Corbett, trumpet; Geoff Searle, drum machines. The intention was to feature different aspects of electronics using improvisation so, for example, one piece - Dialogue - featured Pete McPhail and Neil Palmer, another concentrated on the interaction of percussionists and drum machines, and a third piece had Phil Minton and Jon Corbett improvising with a computer. The pieces were performed at the Crawley Outside-In Festival of new music in 1989.

Pat Thomas was invited by Derek Bailey to play in Company Week in 1990 and 1991 and he also took part in the Ist International Symposium for Free Improvisation in Bremen with the guitarist. He has been a member of the Tony Oxley Quartet (documented on Incus CD 15) and played in Oxley's Angular Apron along with Larry Stabbins, Manfred Schoof and Sirone at the 8th Ruhr Jazz Meeting and in the percussionist's Celebration Orchestra. He plays with Lol Coxhill in a range of combinations from duo to being a member of 'Before my time', is a member of Mike Cooper's Continental Drift, and he has a well established duo with percussionist Mark Sanders and a trio with Steve Beresford and Francine Luce. In 1992 Pat Thomas formed the quartet Scatter with Phil Minton, Roger Turner and Dave Tucker; funded by the Arts Council they toured the UK in 1993 and again at the beginning of 1997.

On the 'Festival circuit', Pat Thomas has appeared at: the Young Improvisors Festival at the Korzo Theatre, Den Haag (with Jim O'Rourke, Mats Gustafsson and Alexander Frangenheim); Angelica 95 in Bologna, Italy; the Stuttgart 5th Festival of Improvised Music 96 (with Fred Frith, Shelly Hirsch, Carlos Zingaro and others); and the 3rd International Festival 96 in Budapest (with Evan Parker, Phil Minton, John Russell and Roger Turner).

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track listing:

1. Quartet (Seagroatt, Taylor, Harris, Stevenson) 21:05

2. Trio (Seagroatt, Taylor, Harris) 8:19

3. Duo (Seagroatt, Stevenson) 7:00

4. Trio (Seagroatt, Taylor, Harris) 11:21

5. Oxford Trio (Seagroatt, Taylor, Thomas) 15:58
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"Most recent of the Circuit release, an ensemble that aims to explore electronic and electro acoustic music taking advantage of the much faster current processor speeds giving amazing real time potential. As usual the group features a varied personell, this time with Taylor the only original. Jon Seagrott plays soprano sax and bass clarinet, Rob Stevenson alto sax, Wx7 and Geof Harris Electric upright and bass guitars. Taylor him self used acoustic modified drum kit, extensive percussion and his normall Kat Mallet electronic setup. All modulated their sounds via their own systems, many granular sytnth software, hardware and pedals.

This CD contains two separate recordings separated by a few months. The first a quartet recorded at the Whitehosue, Rayleight UK on 5th Jan 2011, while the second was a live recording in Oxford on Feb 22nd 2011 as part of the Oxford Improv meet. Jonathon Seagroatt modulated his bass clarinet and soprano saxophone with various granular synth programs as well as using a Korg Kaos Pad, etc.

Rob Stevenson modulated his alto sax iva a Korg Electribe and Roland SP555 as well as using a Yamaha WX7 Wind Synth.

Trevor Taylor's setup was split into three parts, pure metal percussion using many gongs, crotales, rotobells, chimes, etc. by Paiste and Sound Sculptor.

Steve Hubback, and acoustic drum kit and his electronic kit consisting of two Malllet Kat keyboards triggering two computers running Mach 5 samplers, and various Mandala multi ring electronic drum pads.

Geof Harris used both upright electric bass, as well as acoustic and electric bass guitars through a variety of pedal modulation systems."-FMR

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