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Light.Box + Emil Karlsen: The Undanced Dance (Bead)

The improvising duo of Alex Bonney (trumpet) and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay (bass), using expansive electronic processing at the intersection of dark ambient, gestural improv and electronic environment, is expanded through the drums and percussion of Norwegian improviser Emil Karlsen, heard in these 2021 recordings at University of Huddersfield, UK.

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UPC: 5904224871765

Label: Bead
Catalog ID: Bead 44
Squidco Product Code: 33040

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at the University of Huddersfield, in Huddersfield, UK, on October 16th and 17th, 2021,


Alex Bonney-trumpet, electronics

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay-bass guitar, electronics

Emil Karlsen-drums

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"Alex Bonney is a trumpeter, electronic musician and recording/mix engineer and producer based in London.

He leads the Alex Bonney Quartet, is a member of Leverton Fox,, Splice, BABs, Golden Age of Steam, Sefiroth, Olie Brice Quintet, plays in a duo with bassist Dave Kane, performs solo with electronics and in a variety of other improvising ensembles. When not performing Alex works with a variety of artists producing and engineering music for leading jazz, improvised and contemporary music record labels including ECM, HCR, Two Rivers, Whirlwind, Babel, Loop, Jellymould, Not Applicable and Edition. He also works as a music educator and photographer."

-Alex Bonney Website (

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"Pierre Alexandre Tremblay was born in 1975 in Montréal, Québec. He studied classical guitar and music theory from an early age, and as a teenager discovered bass guitar with Jean-Guy Larin, Sylvain Bolduc and Michel Donato. He also studied composition with Michel Tétrault, Marcelle Deschênes and Jonty Harrison. He earned his BA in music at the Université de Montréal in 1998 and his doctorate at the University of Birmingham in 2005. Since then, he has been teaching composition at the University of Huddersfield, in England.

In 1993, he explored improvised music with Facteur X, which led to the formation of the contemporary jazz ensemble [iks] in 1996. He directed this ensemble for 11 years, recording seven albums, touring Europe and North America and spending three months in Senegal for a cultural exchange with traditional West African musicians. This journey was chronicled in Étienne Deslières�s documentary film Le journal de sable.

He is currently collaborating on a variety of projects, playing bass guitar and manipulating sound on a laptop. He is a member of the contemporary jazz trio ars circa musicæ with Nicolas Stephan (saxophone) and Sébastien Brun (drums and machines), and the duet de type inconnu with Sylvain Pohu (guitar and laptop). He also works on pop music projects in studio as producer and bass guitar.

Tremblay is now working on hybridizing his aesthetic approaches, which he feels complete each other, into a single, coherent poetic language. He composes fixed media, instrumental and mixed music, sometimes integrating video, improvisation and real-time processing.

As a composer, he is fascinated by the listener�s experience rather than the process of creation. He considers the perception of form extremely important, and gives ample room to the emotional content, the poetic impact of the music.

He also programs sound processing software, mostly using Max/MSP, and freelances as artistic and technical director for contemporary music projects. He devotes the rest of his time (sic) to reading, photography and his family. Founder of the no-tv collective, he does not own a functioning television set."

-Pierre Alexandre Tremblay Website (

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"Emil Karlsen is a Norwegian improvising drummer currently based in the UK. Described as a "significant addition to the UK free jazz scene" and an "exceptional improv drummer", he's establishing himself on the improvised music circuit working the span from free improvisation to free jazz. Occupied with the exploring timbral possibilities of the drum kit, he performs with Philipp Wachsmann, Matthew Bourne, Phil Durrant, Maggie Nicols, Ed Jones, and the London Improvisers Orchestra to mention some."

-Emil Karlsen Website (

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track listing:

1. The Shot Must Fall Pt. 1 6:06

2. The Shot Must Fall Pt. 2 6:38

3. The Shot Must Fall Pt. 3 2:58

4. Loosing The Shot Pt. 1 3:49

5. Loosing The Shot Pt. 2 5:23

6. Loosing The Shot Pt. 3 4:17

7. The Unmoved Movement Pt. 1 3:46

8. The Unmoved Movement Pt. 2 7:51
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"For their third album, and first release on Bead, expands from the duo of Alex Bonney (trumpet, electronics) and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay (bass guitar, electronics) to a trio adding the highly inventive Norwegian improv drummer Emil Karlsen. The music moves into ever more sonically expansive territory: dark ambient drone with fractured grooves meets gestural improv, gritty noise corrupts epic electronica."-Bead

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