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Amalgamated (Bengsten / Newell / Klampe / Richards): To (Aubjects)

Crossing experimental sound and rhythmic approaches that blend elements of electronic music, krautrock, noise, electronica and indescribable sonic environments, the quartet of Cory Bengtsen, Bob Newell, Phillip Klampe and Mike Richards are heard in their 6th full-length release, an embraceable and well-paced album of compelling beats and sonic surprises.

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Label: Aubjects
Catalog ID: AUJX 14
Squidco Product Code: 30860

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: CD-R in a DVD snap case
Recorded between 2014 and 2016.


Cory Bengtsen-composer, performer

Bob Newell-composer, performer

Phillip Klampe-composer, performer

Mike Richards-composer, performer

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Cory Bengtsen is sound artist performing on keyboards, saxophone, turntables, &c. He is know for the groups Amalgamated, Rebekah's Tape, Lovely Little Girls, and Cheer Accident.

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Bob Newell is a sound artist performing on on sampler, keyboards, percussion, drum machine, &c. He is known for the bands Amalgamated, Headless Ballerinas Underwater, For M, Dog Hallucination and Rebekah's Tape.

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Phillip Klampe is an electronic artist, a member of Homogenized Terrestrials and Amalgamated . He has recorded with Hal McGee, J. Olson, Brian Noring, and Robert Newell.

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Mike Richards is a sound artist performing on guitars, effects drums, percussion, keyboards, tapes &c, a member of Amalgamated, Gushing Cloud, Rebekah's Tape, and involved with the labels Makeshift Music and Intangible Cat.

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track listing:

1. Euhedral 7:38

2. Chronometeorite 22:44

3. Phlebneutrics pt. 1 4:48

4. Phlebneutrics pt. 2 6:37

5. Stoichiometry 12:55
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"[...] Over the years I quite enjoyed the various releases that came my way by the quartet that is Amalgamated; it is the combined efforts of M (Robert Newell), Gushing Cloud (Cory Bengtsen), Directives (D. Petri), and Homogenized Terrestrials (Phillip Klampe), and oddly, perhaps, whatever they release seems to have ben waiting a few years. Maybe like a good wine, it needs to ripe a few years? Over the years that I have been playing their music it didn't escape my attention that I have not much clue as to what these men do; well, I have a notion, a vague idea or a hint, but not entirely sure. As far as I know their various solo releases, I know they are all interested in electronic music, played with a bunch of synthesizers (hardware, software) and many sound effects and the result is best be called 'ambient'. But not a very rigid, closed form of ambient. It's not a stretched out pattern of drone sounds and some field recordings, but there is a lot more. It has drones, sure, and field recordings, such is the lengthy ending of 'Stoichiometry', but Amalgamated isn't shy of playing with some rhythm material, and leap into what we could define as 'techno' or 'ambient house', well, less perhaps this isn't as housy. In the past I compared their work with The Orb, and that I think still stands. It is that shared passion that screams: 'anything goes'. Let's throw in some ambient sounds, field recordings, heavy dub inspired rhythm ('Euthedral') and let's keep fiddling with those effects, the studio-as-instrument - and we have this highly spacious, krautrocking psychedelic form of ambient music, in full form dance mood in the beginning of 'Chronometeorite', but ending on a long and spooky note, in which all their love for musique concrete comes to the foreground. It makes these pieces at times long and trippy, but I never had the idea it became stale or boring. This was another most lovely release by this great band. [...]"-Frans da Waard, Vital Weekly

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