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Artist: GUIONNET & DAICHI YOSHIKAWA, JEAN-LUC
Title: Intervivos
Format: LP
Label: Empty Editions
Country: China
Price: $33.00
"Empty Editions present Jean-Luc Guionnet and Daichi Yoshikawas collaborative debut, Intervivos. Recorded during a week-long residency at Hong Kongs Empty Gallery, Intervivos (Latin for "between the living"), refers to the vital and unexpected acoustic synergy that developed between Guionnets extended alto saxophone techniques and Yoshikawas feedback systems during these sessions. Although Guionnet and Yoshikawa both come from prolific backgrounds in free jazz and electroacoustic improvisation -- Guionnet plays in The Ames Room with Will Guthrie and Clayton Thomas and Yoshikawa studied with AMMs Eddie Prevost -- Intervivos sees them developing an approach to improvising which seeks to escape the increasingly narrow stylistic confines of these musical provinces. The album is characterized by a brutal foregrounding of process and material lacking from the experimental music of so many of their contemporaries. Rather than seeking refinement or resolution through existing structures, Guionnet and Yoshikawa prioritize a sort of collaborative musical searching in which the aural entanglement, layering and folding of their scorched intonations creates an emergent musical form -- a non-linear music which sounds both ancient and futuristic. Coruscating alto saxophone riffs appear suddenly, before disintegrating amidst slabs of feedback and flurries of metallic percussion. Other times, Yoshikawa and Guionnet conjure shifting clouds of sustained tones from the timbral meshing of their instruments -- yielding a sound somewhere between the dense textures of Iancu Dumitrescu and the floating harmonics of Gagaku. Far from improvisation as we know it, this album instead gestures towards a speculative "electronic" music created through the ritualistic misuse of acoustic instruments. Intervivos is a fierce, undecorated triumph in the ruinous expression of instruments -- exalted in both its turbulence, and in its extreme testing of improvisational reality. Put summarily by Seymour Wright in the albums liner notes: "You dont need me to tell you how it sounds, or how to listen [...] this record begins when you play it." Features artwork by Jean-Luc Guionnet. Liner notes by saxophonist Seymour Wright. Mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering. Comes in a letterpress on Foldkraft paper sleeve. 180 gram vinyl; edition of 500." - Empty Editions.

Artist: KESZLER, ELI
Title: Last Signs Of Speed
Format: Double 12"
Label: Empty Editions
Country: China
Price: $31.00
"Empty Editions present Eli Keszlers Last Signs Of Speed as their inaugural release. This release has represented a labor of love for both Eli and the label. Last Signs is Elis first solo release since 2012s Catching Net (PAN 032CD) and explores a very different side of his unique acoustic universe. One in which the macro-cosmic percussive collisions of his earlier work give way to a gradual unfolding of dub-influenced rhythmic constellations. Eli has described Last Signs as his response to playing in club environments over the last few years; an attempt to negotiate a delicate balance between the materiality of his acoustic instrument and the hyper-mediated sonic ecosystem of the club sound system. Coming off like an inspired synthesis between Scientist and Xenakis, Last Signs Of Speed is a truly unique work by an artist at the height of his power." - Empty Editions.
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