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Djll, Tom: Thistle (Soul On Rice)

Using analog computers that "require a lot of real-time intervention to flesh out their neurotic narratives", the typically trumpeter Tom Djll (Grosse Abfahrt) turns his attention to a series of prickly sound works of strange intention and direction, through fourteen works titled like a series of math equations mashed into a dictionary; good weird fun.
 

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UPC: 195269265052

Label: Soul On Rice
Catalog ID: none
Squidco Product Code: 34441

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Sleeve Sealed
Recorded in Emeryville, California, in February, March, July and August, 2023.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Each title is a guide to the bits of kit used to generate these crispy-fresh tracks - music using analog computers that require a lot of real-time intervention to flesh out their neurotic narratives. It's "AI," assuming housecat-level intelligence. If somehow in the course of this 43-something minute journey you find your body moving or your spirit forming an emotional bond with this music (or whatever it is), I bow to your fortitude and creative courage. You are my heroes and inspiration because, in the end, YOU decide what the music is (or is not). Cherish those free-range ears. Stand up and use them like a spiritually unbound meta-human! And shake that virtual thang!"-tom Djll


Artist Biographies

"Tom Djll studied electronic music with Stephen Scott at the Colorado College, working with the EMS Synthi 100 system at Packard Hall. In 1978 and 79 Djll studied at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY, with Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Karl Berger and many other giants of new music. He spent the years 1981-1993 working with the Serge Modular Music System before enrolling in Mills College Contemporary Music Program, where he extended his quest to develop and integrate an idiosyncratic trumpet language into an electronic sound environment, while also pursuing advanced improvisation studies, formally, with Pauline Oliveros, and, informally, with Jack Wright. While at Mills, Djll concentrated on microtonal composition, split-tone trumpet technique, and computer music. He also worked extensively with Chris Brown, resulting in contributions to Brown's recordings LAVA (Tzadik) and DUETS (Artifact).

Further refinement of trumpet languages and free improvisation with his band GROSSE ABFAHRT was undertaken from 1999 - 2010, published on the Emanem, Creative Sources, and Setola di Maiale labels. Beginning in 2012, Djll gradually re-introduced electronics into his sound-set. The results are heard in projects like hackMIDI (extreme electro-mechanical piano music), piano + analog electronics in TENDER BUTTONS (with Tania Chen and Gino Robair), delicate environments in EUPHOTIC (with Cheryl Leonard and Bryan Day), austere acoustic spaces with KOKUO (Kanoko Nishi-Smith, John McCowen, Jacob Felix Heule, and Kyle Bruckmann) and ongoing sessions and performances within the lively and ever-evolving Bay Area scene, including: Tim Perkis, Amanda Chaudhary, Jordan Glenn, Clarke Robinson, Suki O'Kane, Matt Ingalls, Tom Nunn, bran(...)pos, and Karen Stackpole.

Obligatory list of famous musicians Djll has played and/or recorded with:

Roscoe Mitchell, David Toop, Fred Frith, William Winant, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Pauline Oliveros, Ava Mendoza, John Butcher, Vladimir Tarasov, Le Quan Ninh, Tania Chen, Wobbly, Frank Gratkowski, Miya Masaoka, nmperign, Tatsuya Nakatani, Vijay Iyer, and Zeena Parkins."

-Tom Djll Website (http://tomdjll.com/)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. GIRFVW 02:51

2. PIEOF 02:46

3. FG 02:17

4. HFEBU(O) 04:32

5. 5FU(P?)JQRV 02:40

6. FIK 01:39

7. DE (E = cv) 0 05:30

8. D + "Adios" 02:44

9. XYFAMI 02:22

10. GFJ 02:30

11. FJGM 03:37

12. FGWVUT (Nickname "things keep happening") 05:13

13. GF 02:26

14. D into D 02:34

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