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antiopic (usa) #an 009 cd
antiopic live series (usa) #ls 003 cd

tetuzi akiyama / oren ambarchi / alan lichtwillow weep and moan for me” three inch compact disc

  • willow weep and moan for me (18:48)
gorgeously subtle trio guitar / electronics set, jointly improvised by oren, alan, and tetuzi down in new zealand a few years back ... more than just a foot-note in the respective discographies of each, i’ve always found this a nice “transitional” piece as tetuzi’s blues-based playing got more abstract (eventually yielding “don’t forget to boogie”) & alan & oren’s more monolithic (ditto “a new york minute” & “suspension,” respectively) ...
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tetuzi akiyama / oren ambarchi / alan licht
willow weep and moan for me

recorded 6 july 2004 at the bomb the space festival, wellington, nz

release date: 22 august 2006

an009 / ls003
running time 18:48

remove the chugging rhythm of the blues and you are left with the wail; that slow motion ghostly gasp of sorrow and bad omen. the high and lonesome sound of something wicked on the horizon is ingrained in this trio's shadowy and disembodied take on the blues. new york experimental music veteran alan licht, who has explored similar territory in his beautiful duo with loren connors, is joined by australian sound artist oren ambarchi and japanese improviser tetuzi akiyama at the 2004 bomb the space festival in wellington, new zealand.

using guitars the trio create an alien and minimal free-blues drone. akiyama and licht both revel in the spirit of blues guitar, intertwining high melodic lead lines and creating clusters of tense tone. ambarchi is a master at low end drift, and here the repeating low tones serve almost as a mutant version of a 12 bar anchor. all three players are deft at combining emotion with abstract playing (licht's rabbi sky, ambarchi's suspension, and akiyama's pieces for the wooden guitar series just to cite a few), and this set is an exemplary instance of engagingly emotive yet free playing.

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editions mego (austria) #emego 166 lp

alan lichtfour years older” long playing record

  • four years later (15:36)

  • four years earlier (19:30)
april 2013 release ; ... with the doors to the coruscative electronic music temple opened by bill orcutt in years prior, this set of heavily effected electric guitar pieces by alan licht’s arrival here on emego makes a bit more sense ...

... consisting of two side-length pieces performed live in the studio, the general tone varies between the purely textural / blown out & the melodically sublime (listen to the sound-sample ; echoes of alan’s “cover” of the minutemen’s “polarity” before taking off into a hail of sawed-off fuzz-freakout soloing) ...

... a gorgeous record ; one that manages to buck all of the reigning tropes ...
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emego 166 / alan licht
four years older
lp

release date 15.04.2013

alan licht solo electric guitar

four years later recorded december 14, 2012 at echo canyon west
engineering: ted young
technical assistance: bentley anderson

four years earlier recorded live december 7, 2008 at the electric possible, washington d.c.

all selections played as heard, no overdubs

a new set by the coolest chap in new york city documenting the before-and-after development of a solo electric guitar piece that alan licht has been playing out for the last four years. revered for his work in the blue humans and text of light, and a key figure in his generation's pantheon of experimental solo guitar players (such as jim o’rourke and oren ambarchi), four years older is his debut editions mego release, representing another peak in a career of mining the rich seams of minimalism, noise and avant-garde in general that stretches back more than two decades.

as it says on the box side a was recorded four years later than the side b (and vice versa). if that wasn’t enough it's been four years since his last solo lp, 'ymca', on family vineyard.

'four years older' sees a move away from the loop-based pieces of recent releases. on 'four years later' in particular the guitar's fingerboard is actually touched more than on any other solo piece of the last ten years, although the instrument is pushed to sound more like a suitcase synth, a church organ, a hornet's nest, and a malfunctioning playstation than a guitar per se.

as alan points out:

'four years earlier' was the debut of the piece; it was in three sections, the latter two of which appear here. the first section was identical to the first section of 'four years later'. i scrapped the second two parts after a couple of subsequent performances and developed it into a six-part piece, and then a seven part piece in this studio version. in concert the piece lasts at least 30 minutes, i've shortened it on 'four years later' with an eye towards top 40 radio play. :)


the intial four years earlier session is a blistering electronic nailstorm that would not feel out of place on one of russell haswell’s legendary live salvage sets. four years later is equally relentless but lets in some light with an ecstatic mid section that ascends toward the spiritual.

at the end of the day the final result is music which is both corrosive and lyrical, a feeling which is reflected in stephen o’malley’s eye melting artwork.

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family vineyard (usa) #fv 75 cd

alan licht / loren connorsinto the night sky” compact disc

  • map of dusk (24:13)
  • into the night sky (24:08)
february 2010 release ; two otherwise unreleased sets from the guitar duo of loren connors & alan licht, recorded a decade apart ...

it’s interesting to hear the dynamic between the two remain relatively constant despite the gap ; the strumming dissonance & wise use of space really works beautifully on the second, more recent take (listen to the sound-sample) with the energy levels only rising above a murmur for a few isolated peaks ; otherwise it’s pure shimmering bliss ...
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alan licht & loren connors
into the night sky
fv75 cd

into the night sky is the sixth album from avant guitarists alan licht and loren connors, the first after 2003's in france (fbwl). since 1993 these new york city artists have evolved an instrumental dialogue merging shades of electric blues and minimalism. these two epic pieces -- one from 1996, the other 2006 -- recorded live in concert clearly show far their desolate sound world grew over a decade of collaboration while the core of layered guitar complexities and alien melodies remain. the atmosphere conjured by the licht-connors duo is unmistakable -- the ebb of eloquently shaped feedback -- while the harmonic patterns recall 20th century classical music.

active since the early 1990s, licht has worked with a veritable who's who of the experimental world, from free jazz legends to iconic composers while performing in text of light and an ongoing duo with aki onda. since 1978 connors has released dozens of acclaimed and sought after lps documenting his singular adaption of the blues and forging his place as one of america's most iconoclastic artists.

release: february 23, 2010



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forced exposure (usa) #fe 20 ep

love childplays moondog” seven inch single record

  • all is loneliness
  • i love you
  • be a hobo
  • oren’s expedition
forced exposure press release...
a tribute to the legendary ny street musician, louis hardin, a/k/a moondog.

includes six beautiful minutes of droning-mantra guitars on "all is loneliness" and three more.

...

all compositions by louis hardin (a/k/a moondog)

rebecca odes: guitar, vocals, recorder, bass
alan licht: guitar, vocal, casio, bass
naomi odes: backing vocal

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room40 (australia) #edrm410 cd

text of lightrotterdam.1” compact disc

  • rotterdam.1 (19:24)
2006 release ; raucous blast of electric free improv from alan licht, lee ranaldo, ulrich krieger, tim barnes, and dj olive ...
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text of light
rotterdam.1

recorded at the rotterdam international film festival in january 2005, this explosive piece from text of light typifies their abilities as a vivid freeform improvisational unit. ranaldo and licht’s measured guitar work sets a basis on which kreiger’s blaring saxtronics, barnes’ percussive explorations and dj olive’s swirling turntable incursions can intertwine and augment one another. this piece ebbs and flows, each of the players listening intently and guiding the proceedings with disarmingly sublime yet focused intensity.

like all their recorded works to date, this piece was delivered in tandem with a live film projection – this interaction between 20th century abstract and experimental film and live improvised performance at the very core of the unit.

text of light on rotterdam 1 are:

alan licht: guitar
lee ranaldo: guitar, electronics
ulrich krieger: sax, sax-tronics
dj olive: turntables, powerbook
tim barnes: drums, percussion

recorded by martin van rappard and edited by lee ranaldo and alan licht.

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sub rosa (belgium) #sr 306 cd
new series framework (belgium) #new series framework #2 cd

ulrich kriegerfathom” compact disc

  • fathom (50:19)
december 2010 release ; ... essentially, this is a text of light record (only christian marclay & william hooker are absent) albeit one containing a single composition (by krieger)for contrabass saxophone, 2 electric guitars, close-mic’ed percussion and 2 cds” ...
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new series framework #2 / ulrich krieger
fathom

700 copies limited edition / cd digipack
sr306

features
ulrich krieger
lee ranaldo
alan licht
tim barnes

new series framework

an extension of our concrete electronics noise, a brand new mix-up of unusual conceptions of sound material by young unknown composers, well known not-so-young composers and old but clever composers.


ulrich krieger studied classical saxophone, composition, electronic music and musicology at the manhattan school of music (new york), the universität der künste (berlin) and the freie universität (berlin). since the late 1980s he became more and more interested in american music and its different approaches (chance music, process music, just intonation, multi-stylistic, minimalism, drone). in 1991 he moved to new york. in the 'cage of saxophones' series krieger recorded the complete saxophone and any-instrument works of john cage for mode records. the first one focuses on drone music (cage, tenney, niblock), while the second focuses on pattern music (reich, glass, riley) in the early 1990s he started working on a more electronic approach. he began developing an original amplification for the saxophone and various live-electronic signal processing set-ups. in the electronic experimental field he collaborated with rock, noise and ambient artists like karkowski, merzbow, koener, toeplitz. he also worked with the berlin ensemble "zeitkratzer" for which he transcribed lou reed's metal machine music.

text of light is a 2001 founded formation with lee ranaldo and alan licht, performing along with films of experimental film maker stan brakhage (1933-2003).

metal machine trio began in 2008 together with lou reed and sarth calhoun as an experimental free rock project.

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