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Chemical Expansion League, The (Bohman / Lynch / Northover / Mengersen): Grappling with the Orange P (Creative Sources)

Some of the London free improv scene's finest players, including members of Remote Viewers, Custodians Of The Realm, London Improvisers Orchestra, The Runcible Quintet, &c, met with visiting Berlin double bassist Ulf Mengersen to record this fascinating collective improvisation, using objects, preparations, and a WASP synthesizer for wonderfully unusual results.

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UPC: 5609063406467

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs646
Squidco Product Code: 30818

Format: CD
Condition: NM
Released: 2020
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Oxo studios, in London, UK, August 8th, 2018, and November 4th, 2018.

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Adam Bohman-prepared strings, objects

Sue Lynch-tenor saxophone, clarinet and flute

Adrian Northover-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, WASP synthesizer, melodica

Ulf Mengersen-bowed/prepared double bass

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Previously played Squidco store copy, used for cataloging and samples, in excellent condition.

"Adam Bohman, Sue Lynch and Adrian Northover, who work together in London as The Custodians Of The Realm, and Berlin double bassist Ulf Mengersen met in 2016 on the RARA Festival of Improvised Music in Sicily, where they all were performing. In 2017 and 2018, when Ulf was visiting London to play with them in the London Improvisers Orchestra, they did three recording sessions with this quartet. Tracks from the last two sessions appear on this album.

The music sounds acoustic and very intimate. The Wasp synthesizer, that is played on a couple of tracks, is amplified only with its internal speaker. You hear a lot of fragile and contemporary sounds from scratching and bowing all kinds of objects and the double bass. Some melodies and other noises are added by the wind instruments. Altogether it sounds like they are playing a concert in a dentist's office while the doctor is at work, surrounded by hungry bird babies screaming for food."

Artist Biographies

"Adam Bohman has been operating on the outer fringes of underground music for decades. Working with home-built instruments, found objects, tape cut-ups, collages, ink drawings and graphic scores. Favouring acoustic sounds over electronics, he explores the minute tendrils of sounds coaxed from any number of non-musical instruments and objects. He is a member of British experimental groups, Morphogenesis, The Bohman Brothers, Secluded Bronte, and The London Improvisers Orchestra. Adam's music is unique and experimental, incorporating Fluxus japery, musique concrete, sound poetry and free improvisation."

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"Sue Lynch runs 'The Horse Improvised Music Club' with Adam Bohman and Hutch Demouilpied. 2014, The horse has been based at IKLECTIK Art Lab, so this and other projects have been in conjunction with Eduard Solaz. Lynch is currently a member of David Petts-'Remote Viewers',with John Edwards, Mark Sanders, Caroline Kraabel , Adrian Northover and David Petts. She also performs with Adam Bohman, Eddie Prevost,Hutch Demouilpied,Richard Sanderson,Steve Noble and Sharon Gal. Sue Lynch is organiser and arranger for Hogcallin' a Mingus tribute ensemble, performing at the London 2016 Jazz Festival.

In 2015 she performed with Maria Vatentina's opera 'Mannequin'. She has recently performed as part of Tarek Atoui's 'Reverse Collection' at The Tate Modern, with Pat Thomas,Mark Harwood, Angharad Davies + Luke Younger. Sue Lynch is currently one of the featured musicians in Julie Kjaer's Interviews with Female Musicians on The London Improv Scene for The British Music Collection."

-Sue Lynch Website (

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"ADRIAN NORTHOVER - saxophones, Played and recordings with B Shops for the Poor, The Remote Viewers, Sonicphonics (with Billy Bang), The London Improvisers Orchestra, Ensemble Trip-Tik, Anna Homler, Ricardo Tejero, The Custodians, Sabu Toyozumi, Terry Day, Tristan Honsinger and JJ Duerinckx ,duo CD’s with Adam Bohman, Tasos Stamou, Daniel Thompson and others. Current projects include ‘Hard Evidence’ with John Edwards and Steve Noble, playing the music of Thelonious Monk, Vladimir Miller’s Notes from Underground, ‘Hogcallin’ - a septet playing the music of Charles Mingus, and a trio with Marcio Mattos and Marilza Gouvea. This year (2016) has also seen collaborations with Neil Metcalfe(flute), Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (voice), Vladimir Tarasov (drums), and Marcello Magliocchi (drums) and Daniel Thompson(guitar). Adrian is also involved with Indian music (Jazz Thali ) and works with live music for film (Ensemble Kino)."

-Adrian Norhover Website (

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Ulf Mengersen is a German bassist living in Berlin. He studied at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. He is a member of Berlin Improvisers Orchestra, Ensemble MIA.

-Squidco 9/13/2023

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Track Listing:

1. Rose Petals and Rocket Propellant 4:08

2. Concrete, Concussion and Cranberries 3:57

3. Marzipan Manipulations 5:50

4. Squiring Groceries 5:23

5. Seagull Semaphore Slump 2:46

6. Adolescent Steamroller Stomp 6:06

7. Sherbet Flavored Hysteria 5:27

8. Financial Celery Expletive Binge 4:00

9. Broken Thermos Flask Fiasco 4:42

10. Gangrene Gagging Clause 6:19

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