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Artist: AMBARCHI, OREN
Title: Sleepwalkers Conviction
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Austria
Price: $25.00
"Sleepwalkers Conviction documents a 2014 performance by Oren Ambarchi in collaboration with a 20-piece ensemble conducted by Ilan Volkov and featuring members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Speak Percussion. Foregoing the rhythmic propulsion and distortion-saturated harmonics that have featured in much of Ambarchis recent work, the LPs single 40-minute piece inhabits a hushed, almost static space of extended tones, percussive shimmer, and creaking strings. Rather than adopting the position of a soloist, Ambarchi allows his sub-bass guitar tones and swirling Leslie textures to blend seamlessly with the ensemble, made up of double basses, horns, and percussion. The group sound has a near-cavernous depth, as waves of low beating tones and distant percussive textures gently wash over one another, coalescing into an undulating mass. Steering clear of bombast and new music clichés, the result is a work of meditative beauty that touches on the haunted ambience of late Luigi Nono, the submerged sonics of Bryarss The Sinking of the Titanic, and the melancholy rituals of Christoph Heemann and Andrew Chalks Mirror, while remaining unmistakably marked by the singular sensibility Ambarchi has developed over countless performances and recordings" - Francis Plagne. Design by Stephen OMalley with cover artwork by crys cole. Vinyl cut made by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Edition of 300.
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Artist: AMBARCHI, OREN
Title: Lost Like A Star
Format: LP
Label: Bo Weavil
Country: UK
Price: $28.00
"Limited vinyl by the great experimental guitarist Oren Ambarchi from Australia. A Touch label recording artist, Oren has been making music since 1986, creating sounds from the guitar that one would not expect to hear. On this LP, two long tracks one per side, start from minimal low frequency sounds to ever growing drones of manipulated guitars... staggeringly beautiful! Limited to 650 hand numbered copies!" - Bo Weavil.
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Artist: AMBARCHI, OREN
Title: Quixotism
Format: LP
Label: Editions Mego
Country: Austria
Price: $21.00
"Editions Mego presents the vinyl edition of Oren Ambarchis Quixotism, a five-part piece recorded over two years with a multitude of collaborators in Europe, Japan, Australia, and the USA and released on CD in 2014 (EMEGO 202CD). Furthuring Ambarchis interest in combining abstract sonic textures with rhythm and pulse (apparent in his drumming with Keiji Haino, the subtly driving ride cymbals of collaborator Joe Talia, and the motorik grooves of 2012s Sagittarian Domain (EMEGO 144CD/LP)), Quixotisms 47 minutes rest on Thomas Brinkmanns foundation of pulsing electronic percussion. Beginning as almost subliminal propulsion behind cavernous orchestral textures and John Tilburys delicate piano interjections, the percussive elements (elaborated on by Ambarchi and Matt Chamberlain) slowly inch into the foreground of the piece before suddenly breaking out into a polyrhythmic shuffle around the halfway mark, joined by tabla master U-zhaan for the pieces final, beautiful passages. The pulse acts as a thread leading the listener though a heterogeneous variety of acoustic spaces, from the concert hall in which the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra were recorded to the intimacy of Crys Coles contact mic textures. Ambarchis guitar itself ranges over this wide variety of acoustic spaces, from airless, clipped tones to swirling, reverberated fog. Within the complex web Ambarchi spins over the pieces steadily pulsing foundation, elements approach and recede, appear and reappear in a non-linear fashion, even as the piece plots an overall course from the gray, almost Nono-esque reverberated space of its opening section to the crisp foreground presence of Jim ORourkes synth and Evyind Kangs strings in its final moments. Formally indebted to the side-long workouts of classic Cologne techno, the long-form works of composers such as Eliane Radigue, and the organic push and pull of improvised performance, Quixotism, in a kind of dream-logic, moves with nearly imperceptible transitions through its sonic diversity. Though it is shaped by its many contributors, the resulting sound world is unmistakably Ambarchis own, and the summation of his career thus far. Played by Oren Ambarchi (guitars and percussion), Thomas Brinkmann (computable drums with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem), Matt Chamberlain (drums and electronics, Parts 3 & 4), Crys Cole (contact mics and brushes, Part 4), Eyvind Kang (bowed gender, Part 1 and violas, Part 5), Jim ORourke (synths, Parts 4 and 5), John Tilbury (piano, Parts 1 & 2), U-zhaan (tabla, Part 5), and Ilan Volkov & the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra (Parts 1 & 3). Recorded at Max Ernst Studios, Cologne; Harpa, Reykjavik; Cyclops Sound Studio, Los Angeles; Avast! Studios, Seattle, with co-production and engineering by Randall Dunn; Steamroom, Tokyo, with engineering by Jim ORourke; London; and Melbourne in 2012, 13, and 14. Mixed by Ambarchi and Joe Talia at Chinatown, Melbourne in December 2013 and March 2014. Mastered by Byron Scullin at Moose, Melbourne in March and April 2014. Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin in June 2014." - Editions Mego.

Artist: AMBARCHI, OREN
Title: Sagittarian Domain
Format: LP
Label: Editions Mego
Country: Austria
Price: $21.00
"For anyone who still associates Oren Ambarchi exclusively with the clipped, bass-heavy tones of solo electric guitar works such as Suspension (TO 033.18CD), this rhythmically churning one-man-band monster of an album-length piece might seem to come out of nowhere. However, listeners who have followed the breadth of his work for the last few years (solo and in projects with collaborators from Jim ORourke to Stephen OMalley and Keith Rowe to Keiji Haino) will have noted how Ambarchi has allowed increasingly clear traces of his enthusiasms as a music listener (for classic rock, minimal techno and 70s fusion, among other areas) to surface in his performances and recordings, all the time filtering them through his signature long-form structures and psychoacoustic sonics. Recorded in a single inspired studio session, Sagittarian Domain displaces Ambarchis trademark guitar sound from the center of the mix, its presence felt only as an occasional ghostly, reverberated shimmer. Endlessly pulsating guitar and bass lines sit alongside electronic percussion and thundering motorik drumming (familiar from his work with Keiji Haino) at the core of the piece, locking into a voodoo groove, like Faust covering a 70s cop show theme. The work is founded on hypnotic almost-repetition, the accents of the drum hits and interlocking bass and guitar lines shifting almost imperceptibly back and forwards over the beat as they undergo gradual transformations of timbre. Cut-up and phase-shifted strings enter around the half-way mark like an abstracted memory of the Eastern-tinged fusion of the Mahavishnu Orchestras classic Visions of the Emerald Beyond, before returning for an extended, stark yet affecting come-down coda, equal parts Gavin Bryars and Purple Rain. While Sagittarian Domain contains traces of a diversity of influences, it mines all of them to uncover something that is clearly an extension of Ambarchis own investigations up to this point, exhibiting the same care for micro-detail and surrender to the physicality of sound that are present in all of his work, extending them in new ways to repetition, pulse and rhythm." --Francis Plagne; Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, June 2012.
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Artist: AMBARCHI, OREN
Title: Hubris
Format: LP
Label: Mego
Country: Austria
Price: $22.00
"Hubris continues the exploration of relentless, driving rhythms heard on Oren Ambarchis Sagittarian Domain (EMEGO 144CD/LP, 2012) and Quixotism (EMEGO 202CD/LP, 2014). Where those records looked to krautrock and techno for their starting points, the side-long opening track on Hubris begins from the perhaps unlikely inspirations of disco and new wave, drawing particularly from Ambarchis love of Wang Chungs soundtrack to William Friedkins To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). Leaving behind the song-forms of these reference points, Ambarchi weaves a sustained and pulsating web of layered palm-muted guitars from which individual voices rise up and recede, eventually setting the stage for some lush guitar synth from Jim ORourke. Arnold Dreyblatt collaborator Konrad Sprenger contributes overtone-rich motorized guitar, pushing the piece into a satisfying intersection of shimmering minimalism and rhythmic drive that smoothly builds up until the entrance of Mark Fells electronic percussion in its final section. After a short second part, in which Ambarchi, ORourke and Crys Cole pay tribute to the skewed harmonic sense of Albert Marcoeur with a track built from layered bass guitar figures and abstracted speech, the long final piece pushes the concept of the first side into darker and denser areas. Joined by electronic rhythms from Ricardo Villalobos and the twin drums of Joe Talia and Will Guthrie, the layered guitars of the first piece are transformed into a raw and tumbling fusion-funk groove that calls to mind early Weather Report or even the first Golden Palominos LP (1983). As this stellar rhythm section rides a single repeated chord change into oblivion, a series of spectacular events emerge in the foreground: first, aleatoric synthesizer burbles from Keith Fullerton Whitman, then slashing skronk guitar from Arto Lindsay, until finally Ambarchis own fuzzed-out guitar harmonics take center stage as the piece builds to an ecstatic frenzy. Few artists could hope to include such an incredible variety of collaborators on one record and still hope for it to have a unique identity, but Ambarchi manages to do just that, crafting three pieces that emerge directly out of his previous work while also pushing ahead into new dimensions." - Francis Plagne. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin, April 2016. Photography by Estelle Hanania. Sculptures by Daniel Druet. Design by Stephen OMalley.
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Artist: AMBARCHI, OREN
Title: Live Knots
Format: CD
Label: Pan
Country: UK
Price: $18.00
"Oren Ambarchi presents Live Knots, two live realizations of Knots, the epic centerpiece of his 2012 album Audience of One (TO 083CD/LP). Built on the interplay between Ambarchis swirling guitar harmonics and the metronomic pulse and shifting accents of Joe Talias DeJohnette-esque drumming, the piece merges the organic push and pull of free improvisation with an overarching compositional framework. Tokyo Knots is the complete recording of a duo performance of the piece by Ambarchi and Talia recorded at Tokyos legendary SuperDeluxe in March 2013. The performance builds gently on the foundation of Talias insistent ride cymbal and the shifting tonal bed of Ambarchis rich, overtone-drenched guitar, eventually going into a free rock free fall of buzz saw harmonics and crashing drums. From within the maelstrom, Talia picks up a pulsing motorik rhythm that leads the piece back to where it began, with the addition of the shuddering, elastic tones of a hand-played spring reverb unit. Krakow Knots works with the same basic structure but stretches it out to nearly twice the length and adds strings played by the Sinfonietta Cracovia, led by Eyvind Kang on viola. The strings expand the pieces textural range with lush chordal blocks, uneasy dissonances, and occasional Ligeti-esque swarms of micro-activity, the swelling string tones intensifying the ecstatic nature of the piece as it moves toward its mid-point crescendo in which Ambarchi unleashes a particularly malicious continuum of stuttering harmonic fuzz. The strings then enter with a series of swelling chords, announcing the pieces final movement, and reaffirming the uniqueness of the tonal and compositional language that Ambarchi has patiently developed over the last two decades, in which the influence of post-minimal composers such as Alvin Curran, Gavin Bryars, and David Behrman can be felt alongside the inspiration of raw free jazz, harsh noise, and academic psychoacoustics. The final moments of the performance pit Talia and Crys Coles amplified objects and spring reverb textures against a field of gently gliding string glissandi before the audience erupts in much-deserved applause." - Francis Plagne.

Artist: AMBARCHI, OREN
Title: Live Knots
Format: Double LP
Label: Pan
Country: UK
Price: $29.00
"Oren Ambarchi presents Live Knots, two live realizations of Knots, the epic centerpiece of his 2012 album Audience of One (TO 083CD/LP). Built on the interplay between Ambarchis swirling guitar harmonics and the metronomic pulse and shifting accents of Joe Talias DeJohnette-esque drumming, the piece merges the organic push and pull of free improvisation with an overarching compositional framework. Tokyo Knots is the complete recording of a duo performance of the piece by Ambarchi and Talia recorded at Tokyos legendary SuperDeluxe in March 2013. The performance builds gently on the foundation of Talias insistent ride cymbal and the shifting tonal bed of Ambarchis rich, overtone-drenched guitar, eventually going into a free rock free fall of buzz saw harmonics and crashing drums. From within the maelstrom, Talia picks up a pulsing motorik rhythm that leads the piece back to where it began, with the addition of the shuddering, elastic tones of a hand-played spring reverb unit. Krakow Knots works with the same basic structure but stretches it out to nearly twice the length and adds strings played by the Sinfonietta Cracovia, led by Eyvind Kang on viola. The strings expand the pieces textural range with lush chordal blocks, uneasy dissonances, and occasional Ligeti-esque swarms of micro-activity, the swelling string tones intensifying the ecstatic nature of the piece as it moves toward its mid-point crescendo in which Ambarchi unleashes a particularly malicious continuum of stuttering harmonic fuzz. The strings then enter with a series of swelling chords, announcing the pieces final movement, and reaffirming the uniqueness of the tonal and compositional language that Ambarchi has patiently developed over the last two decades, in which the influence of post-minimal composers such as Alvin Curran, Gavin Bryars, and David Behrman can be felt alongside the inspiration of raw free jazz, harsh noise, and academic psychoacoustics. The final moments of the performance pit Talia and Crys Coles amplified objects and spring reverb textures against a field of gently gliding string glissandi before the audience erupts in much-deserved applause." - Francis Plagne.
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Artist: AMBARCHI, OREN
Title: Amulet
Format: Cass
Label: The Tapeworm
Country: UK
Price: $8.00
"The Tapeworm presents a cassette-only release from Australian sound artist Oren Ambarchi. iPhone recordings assembled at Chez Cole, Winnipeg, July 2013. Illustration by SavX." - The Tapeworm.

Artist: AMBARCHI, OREN
Title: Destinationless Desire
Format: 7"
Label: Touch
Country: UK
Price: $7.00
"Oren Ambarchi presents Destinationless Desire: electric guitars, organ, samples, bells, percussion and motorized cymbals recorded at BJB Studios, Sydney with additional overdubs made at home in 2005-2007. Gratitude to Fairport Convention and Boris D Hegenbart." -Touch.

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