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Gush Wachs (Gustafsson / Sandell / Strid / Wachsmann): Gush Wachs (Bead)

A masterful example of electroacoustic improvisation from the Gush trio of Mats Gustafsson on saxophones, fluteophone and french flageolett, Raymond Strid on amplified instruments & objects and Sten Sandell on piano, harmonium & synth, joined by violinist, violist and electronic artist Philipp Wachsmann as they create elaborately engrossing and astonishing exchanges.
 

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Includes 4 page color booklet with extensive liner notes by Jon Corbett.

UPC: 786497181629

Label: Bead
Catalog ID: Bead 002
Squidco Product Code: 32530

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1996
Country: UK
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at the Broadcasting House, Stockholm, Sweden, on May 18th 1994, by Berndt Berndtson.


Personnel:

Mats Gustafsson-french flageolett, soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, fluteophone

Sten Sandell-piano, prepared piano, harmonium, analogue synthesiser, voice, percussion

Raymond Strid-amplified instruments, objects, table percussion

Philipp Wachsmann-violin, viola, electronics, AKS synthesiser and elastic

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Artist Biographies:
"Born 1964 in Umeå, Northern Sweden.Saxplayer, improviser and composer. Solo artist and international tours and projects with a.o. Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshimi, Ken Vandermark and in working groups The Thing, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz and Fake (the facts). Large ensemble work with Barry Guy New Orchestra,FIRE! Orchestra and the NU - ensemble.over 1800 concerts and over 200 record productions in Europe, Australia, Africa, North & South America and Asia.Collaborations with contemporary dance, theater, art, poetry as well as projects with noise, electronica, contemporary rock and free jazz.Discaholic - running the discaholic corner website.Producer of international festivals and concert tours as well as work with own record labels Slottet, OlofBright Editions and Blue Tower Records."-Mats Gustafsson Website (http://matsgus.com/archives/category/bio)
11/16/2022

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"Composer / musician / producer - piano, organ, voice, electronics,Sound/Text/Image Real-Time Composer, Doctor of Philosophy In Fine Arts in Musical Performance and Interpretation, University of Gothenburg, 2013

Cooperation with musicians/composers including Emil Strandberg, Paal Nilssen-Love, Sverrir Gudjonsson, Johan Berthling, Evan Parker, Sven-Åke Johansson, Chris Cutler, Mats Persson, Sofia Jernberg, Carl-Axel Dominique, Mats Gustafsson, Nina de Heney and Raymond Strid. Music Inside the Language was winner of Contemporary Sound in 2011 of the Journal Contemporary Music. Music and visual arts, including Bo Samuelsson, Katarina Eismann, Inger Arvidsson. Music and dance, including Jukka Korpi, Ingrid Olterman, Bo Arenander, Anne Külper. Music and Drama including Fredrik Nyberg, Magnus Florin, Magnus Jacobsson, Willy Kyrklund, Karl Dunér, Rolf Skoglund, Peter Oskarson, Stina Ekblad and Jörgen Gassilewski.

Sten Sandell was awarded the Royal Academy of Music's Jazz Award in 2012 with the motivation: "The pianist Sten Sandell is one of Swedish improvised music's most brilliant, captivating and independent voices. His musical activities are characterized by a strong artistic integrity, and he has with great consistency developed a characteristic aesthetic attitude that inspires countless musicians. " "

-Sten Sandell Website (http://stensandell.com/cv.php?l=e)
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"Raymond Strid (born 1956 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish drummer in the genre of free jazz and the new European improvised music.When Strid picked up drumming, he was inspired by musicians like Han Bennink, Paul Lytton, and Tony Oxley. He started his musical career relatively late. His debut concert was in September 1977, after first playing with a variety of local bands in Stockholm. In 1988 he founded the 'GUSH' trio together with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and the pianist Sten Sandell. Since that time Strid has played in a series of bands and projects, such as in the trio Guy/Gustafsson/Strid, Marilyn Crispell/Anders Jormin/Raymond Strid and the Free Jazz trio LSB with Fredrik Ljungkvist and Johan Berthling. In 2000 he initiated 'The Electrics' with Axel Dörner, Sture Ericson and Ingebrigt Flaten. The same year Strid joined the Barry Guy New Orchestra. Strid played at numerous festivals of free improvisation in Europe and North America. He also teaches in musical improvisation."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Strid)
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"Philipp Wachsmann. Born Uganda, 1944; violin, viola and electronics.

In the CD booklet to Gushwachs, John Corbett notes that Phillip Wachsmann came to free improvisation from a predominantly classical background, particularly via the contemporary experiments of "indeterminacy, graphic and prose-based scores, conceptualism and electroacoustics, listening to Webern, Partch, Ives, Berio and Varèse, reading 'Die Reihe' and interrogating the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic preoccupations of Western art music. Starting in 1969, Wachsmann was a member of Yggdrasil, an ensemble performing works by Cage, Cardew, Feldman, Ashley and others and in this group he used contact mikes on the violin and made his own electronic instruments, ring modulators and routing devices. Ironically, his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1969-1970) pushed him hard in the direction of free music. He recalls: 'Despite her neoclassical orientation, her insistence that composition is about the imagination of performance and its realisation, the live moment, and her stunning ability to make this happen was a powerful influence on me, steering towards 'performance' and therefore 'improvisation'.'"

Wachsmann moved from Yggdrasil to Chamberpot - recorded on Bead 2 - and shortly thereafter appeared on Tony Oxley's influential February papers, forward looking in the virtual 'industrial' orientation of some of the tracks, years before this became an accepted genre; the two musicians have continued to work together, in various groupings but notably in the percussionist's Celebration Orchestra. Philipp Wachsmann has also performed and/or recorded with: Derek Bailey's Company, e.g. on the recording Epiphanies; Georg Graewe; Barry Guy; Iskra 1903; King Übü Orchestrü; London Jazz Composers' Orchestra; Evan Parker, particularly as part of the Evan Parker Electronic Project; Quintet Moderne; Fred Van Hove's ML DD 4; Rüdiger Carl's COWWS (now CPWWS) Quintet; and Lines, with Martin Blume, Jim Denley, Axel Dörner and Marcio Mattos. He also plays as a solo musician.

Phillip Wachsmann also administers Bead Records."

-EFI: European Free Improv (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mwachs.html)
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track listing:


1. Electric Match (1893) 4:57

2. Gushwachs 3:51

3. Photographic Tricycle For Tourists 16:29

4. The Electric Torchlight Procession 10:22

5. Unrushed Time 1:52

6. Hanging Garden 2:18

7. Pictographic Lines 2:46

8. Phono Proposition 6:50

9. Duoscope Part 1*, Part 2*, Part 3* 8:07

10. Field Of Heavy Wires 10:20
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Gush Wachs conjures the world as seen by an electron microscopist, a lilliputian land of minutes gestures and stray quarks. It's also a vivid soundscape, so bright and colourful at times it would send Hans Hoffman back to the easel. What most separates it from electro acoustic composition, of course, is the way it was made. Free improvised music. moves it mysterious, unforeseen ways that pre-organised music can't; unreal shapes and acousmatic soundscape brought to life, fibrolated, sent out into the world like the Golem or Frankenstein. It's frightening music indeed, live-wired music - music from the netherworld between machines living and dead, caught in the tension between the hazardous physical properties of electricity and the conductivity of living bodies."-John Corbett, liner notes


Includes 4 page color booklet with extensive liner notes by Jon Corbett.
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