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nna tapes (usa) #nna 043 lp

eli keszler / keith fullerton whitmansplit” long playing record

  • eli keszler - mired

    drums, crotales, installed motors, micro-controller metal plates
    bowed crotales, snare drum
    drums, guitar, crotales
    cymbal, bass drum, clarinet

  • keith fullerton whitman - occlusion

    real-time music for hybrid analogue/digital modular synthesizer
april 2012 release ; ... originally conceived as part of the “split series” of live recordings (i.e. the lp’s for no fun, amethyst sunset, amish, and dekorder with my formative experiments in live hardware synthesis on one side ... then considerably more elegant work(s) by carlos giffoni, mike shiflet, ben vida, and alien radio on the others, respectively) the proposed split with eli keszler (a musician whose work i’ve long been in admiration of, despite never actually working together on anything) for nna tapes actually took on a different shape entirely ...

... i had something of an epiphany while watching eli play music last spring ; as someone who’s long been enamored with the “free” style of drumming (and someone whose hands / motor skills often fail / betray him on the regular) i had the idea to devise a sub-patch to “generate” completely arbitrary clustered rhythm-events, which i then used to control the spacing of randomly-derived sound events, automated by a similar (yet, discrete) set of “bucket-brigade” values that were applied to the pitch, panning, length, shape, wave-shape, and frequency modulation of a continuous stream of analogue / digital sound ...

... the results, heard here on record for the first time (recorded in one afternoon, shortly after discovering the patch, presented here as a pair of continuous, overlaid takes captured a few hours apart) form the basis on a new piece that i’ve titled “occlusion” ; the same that i’ve been performing for the last year & will continue to hone & complicate for the remainder of the year ... here’s an excerpt of the very recording heard on this lp ::



... eli’s side is incredible for a multitude of reasons, but ultimately what makes it unique is the “calling card” nature of it ; gone are the side-length explorations of bowed-metal, spastic snare-drum crackle, or stand-mounted / stick-played “no wave” lineage electric guitar sizzle ... instead, we get four digest-length pieces incorporating each of these approaches, culminating in (a first) an extended drone piece (sourced to an interference setup used to animate the sounding head of a large bass drum via feedback) cut with some low clarinet growl (c/o ashley paul) ... the first track also shows off some of his recent work with arduino-based, automated rhythm aggregates (listen to the first part of the sound-sample ; the high transients floating above his hyperkinetic snare drum blister) ...

... comes in a nice sparse sleeve, with one of eli’s “works on paper” recreated as the cover, another more pointillist figure on the front of the printed inner sleeve (detail below) and a third on the a-side label ; this came out beautifully, both in sound (natch, we both insisted on a d&m cut) and sight ...

ps. to make the parallel clearer, you can actually overlay both the first few tracks by eli (via the sound-sample player to your left) & the first few minutes of my side (ditto the soundcloud player above) yourself ; doesn’t that sound nice ...
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nna043: eli keszler / keith fullerton whitman split lp

nna is very excited to announce a split lp between world-renowned electronic music composer keith fullerton whitman and multi-instrumentalist composer eli keszler.

this lp is a conversation in sound between two prominent artists, one working in the electronic realm (whitman), and the other in the world of live acoustics (keszler). in fact, whitman's piece was inspired and created as a direct response to keszler's signature frenzied percussion style.

both sides of the record are full of incredibly detailed nuance-driven music. these artists work with sound on the microscopic level, deliberately placing each individual molecule of sound in it's intended location. whitman's piece "occlusion" is automated "machine music" warfare, utilizing rhythm as a textural tool, while keszler uses live percussion, bowed metal, and other acoustics to act as a humanized response to whitman's machine-regulated assault, solidifying this record as a fantastic document of human vs. machine call and response.

original artwork by eli keszler.

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eli keszlerneum” book

july 2013 release ; ... essentially the “catalogue” of the “neum” installation currently set up in london, showcasing eli’s design-work from the past few years, nicely printed into a small book that includes several “inserts” (cleverly housed between blank pages ; a re-sealable mylar pouch prevents entropy in transit) ...
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eli keszler - neum - rel22
edition of 100

neum is a book of drawings, prints and diagrams by eli keszler made in conjunction with the presentation of the neum installation at the south london gallery – a large scale piece, occupying a 150 wide by 50 foot tall space made up of 16 overlapped and splayed piano wire, activated by a mechanical system which is featured as part of the group show 'at the moment of being heard'.

the book consists of over 65 drawings, sketches and diagrams of various sizes dimensions and medias as well as 3 silk screened inserts. neum is printed in a limited hand numbered edition of 100 copies.

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rel (usa) #rel 21 lp

asterthings that just happen” long playing record

  • s1
  • secrets and lies
  • s2
  • glorious morning

  • s3
  • stalactites
  • s4
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'things that just happen'

limited 200 grm. vinyl lp out october 22nd

'things that just happen' is the 2nd full length release by the duo of ashley paul and eli keszler. a longstanding collaboration, this record incapsulates a merging of the off kilter, quiet and fragile song based work of ashley with the decisive and material based sound which can be seen in the duos live performances. the album begins with and is framed by a multi part suite of pieces based around bowed crotales and saxophone. simple in materials, with no electronic processing, the overtone and harmonics produced by the duo is both isolating, rich, alien and challenging. meanwhile, songs creep in throughout the record, featuring ashley and eli's guitar duos and responsive and dynamic saxophone and drum set accompanying ashley's singing. 'things that just happen' is a powerful take on the unusual complex of song based melody, and psycho acoustic experimentation.

released in a limited pressing on heavy 200 grm vinyl with insert and printed drawings.

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ashley paulline the clouds” long playing record

  • soak the ocean
  • wide expanse
  • line the clouds
  • black and blue
  • wrap me up
  • falling

  • watch them pass
  • february 21
  • sail
  • never take
  • wolf laurel
  • you're a feeling
march 2013 release ; ... continuation of ashley’s exploration of the intersect(s) between “privatehome-recorded rubato folk forms the sort(s) of extended-technique “new music” frameworks & timbres she’s perhaps most known for (via her ongoing collaborations with pianist anthony coleman & percussionist eli keszler, both of which appear on this set) ...

... while she’s definitely off in her own orbit at this stage, i can easily see how fans of reiko & tori kudo’s maher shalal hash baz-era work (perhaps substituting hiroo nakazaki’s euphonium for ash’s bit-reed sax embouchures) & even the nagisa ni te records will find a similar meshing of pure avant-garde forms with less rigid, more personal applications of aesthetic ideals ...
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ashley paul
'line the clouds'
lp

multi-faceted composer and performer ashley paul releases her new lp 'line the clouds', out march 18th on brooklyn’s rel records.

a hyper-intuitive record, where off-kilter instrumentation meets beautifully crafted melodies to convey the very essence of ‘musicality’, ‘line the clouds’ contains 44.18 minutes of sonic paradoxes and dichotomies.

stirring up a zephyr of twelve blissfully cacophonous sounds - singular moments of an indivisible whole – the focus is on guitar, voice and saxophone, but ashley also employs everything from flute, clarinet, guitar, bells, percussion and prepared strings in her melodic endeavours which simultaneously plugs in the ghost of american song.

from ‘wide expanse’ - where high-pitched reeds and whistles collide with richer tones and ashley’s fragile voice - through the simple, sparkling beauty of the lp’s title track – with the guitar at the helm – and the multi-vocal flutterings of ‘watch them pass’, there’s also the freeing experimentalism and atonal clatter of ‘feb.21’ – a song which ably immortalises a feeling of stomach churning anguish – and the album’s gentle, abstract finale ‘you’re a feeling’.

this brooklyn based artist is at the vanguard of the new wave of music currently rippling through the city where opposing strains of style and sound work in unison.

in addition to her solo projects, ashley plays saxophone and clarinet with anthony coleman as a duo and as part of his damaged quartet. with longtime musical partner eli keszler as aster (both of which appear on line the clouds), she also performs as aster, with sakiko mori as paul & maurey and with geoff mullen and keszler as oxtirn.

ashley has also performed or recorded with artists including loren connors, roscoe mitchell, aki onda, joe maneri, greg kelley, joe morris, seijiro murayama, ran blake, bill nace and charles cohen. she received a masters of music from new england conservatory in 2007.

‘line the clouds’ will be available in a limited edition lp available on colored vinyl in a custom sealed package with screenprinted wraparound of ashley’s animal drawings.

ashley paul is a performer and composer based in brooklyn, new york. she uses an array of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, guitar, bells and percussion, mixing disparate elements to create a colorful palette of sound that works its way into her intuitive songs; free forming, introverted melody. this blend manifests beautiful and simple musical forms against acoustic experimentation. her solo albums have received high praise being chosen "album of the column" in the wire, number one on byron coley and thurston moore’s “tongue top ten” in arthur magazine, and included on npr's all songs considered “best of 2010”. she has been interviewed in the german magazine spex, the sound projector magazine, foxy digitalis and on rare frequency.


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oxtirnoxtirn live” compact disc

  • oxtirn live (1) (6:56)
  • oxtirn live (2) (3:04)
  • oxtirn live (3) (2:42)
  • oxtirn live (4) (11:45)
  • oxtirn live (5) (8:17)
may 2011 release ; killer live recording (c/o geoff’s trusty pcm-d10) covering the new york debut of the oxtirn trio of eli keszler, ashley paul, and geoff mullen absolutely tearing the invited audience’s expectation-set(s) to shreds via a positively molten array of real-time instrumental grappling(s) ...

available in a “limited two disk deluxe edition” along with the cd version of eli’s “oxtirn” lp for esp-disk’... or, now, all by itself (in case you’ve already picked up said) ; the edition, with its myriad hand-printed components, is absurdly nice (see below for just a selection of the included elements) ...
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oxtirn - live - rel017
edition of 300

oxtirn 'live' documents a performance in new york city, by the new trio of geoff mullen, ashley paul and eli keszler. following a score by keszler, the group performs on an array of instruments, using three guitars, drums, voice, auto-motorized harps, tenor harp, bass harp, microphones, clarinet, alto saxophone, crotales, drums and cymbals. the music drifts in a unique way between a wide variety of sounds, from incredible density of clattering metal textures and string attacks, wall of sound guitars, mechanical music, high pitched saxophone bends and an oddly dim shimmering high harmonic sound. all creating together, a harsh, jagged and angular wash of ricocheting materials. in other sections, metal and vibrating strings, crotales and horns create a calmer and high contrast atmosphere. in the end, the music evolves into an area of sustained sound, space and sparse gesture, featuring one of ashley paul's songs and vocals, where the music takes on a new formation, leaving the listener with a question mark, and in some way is a new form of intuitive song. the recording itself is a low fi document with a spacious, raw and aggressive timbre to it, adding to the already unique feel of the music.

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the packaging is intricately designed with a multi-color silk screen, based on a drawing by eli keszler. the cd itself is housed in a multi panel, fold-out, metallic paper print with pictures from the concert and excerpts from the oxtirn score, with gold stamping on the outside of the metallic paper. the cd is attached to a hub which sits on top of liner notes, with an embossed design on the flip. oxtirn live is a one time special edition of 300 copies.

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asterrel016” long playing record

  • untitled (15:25)
january 2011 release ; gorgeous one-sider (the edition is striking, utilizing one of those “shadow cutters” to produce a die-cut “obi” with near-impossible detail) offering a complete set by eli keszler & ashley paul’s aster, as recorded at great scott in allston, ma back in 2009 (by yours truly, in fact) ...

ashley’s “green box” (aka “shahi-baaja”) playing steals the show here, with it’s raucous, distant spring-reverbed scrape reminding me of sun ra’s whole “strange strings” ritual ... but of course eli’s entrance on the drums mid-side (first a flurry of tight crotale filigree, then a full-kit workout) brings things into more overtly “energy-oriented” lanes ...

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aster - rel016

aster 'rel016' is the first release in the rel live series, which documents a show in boston from 2009. aster takes a different form in this set moving away from its distinct style of high pitch sustained overtone bends and song structure, pushing more towards a guttural blend of string scrapes and sustained tones in combination with an aggressive form of saxophone and drum textures.

blending guitars, drums and horn with paul's unique green box set up, the music moves slowly and steadily through different areas ending with a sustained drum, string and saxophone section featuring an aggressive but oddly mellow texture and energy.

'rel016' is a one sided lp housed in a silk screened black cover with a metallic fold over paper with a unique laser die cut design. the inside has printed notes with the instrument details and information.

the record is a one time limited pressing of 135 copies.

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ashley paul / eli keszleraster” long playing record

  • aster (1) (14:30)

  • aster (2) (5:50)
  • aster (3) (5:05)
june 2009 release ; first mass-market release from the long-running duo of ashley paul (here :: alto sax, clarinet, and “greenbox”) & eli keszler (snare drum, floor tom, crotales, metal, cymbals, and bow) ...

straddling the divide between extended-technique riddled modern composition(s) and an aggressively keening strain of high-frequency free improvisation, the pair alternate between bit-reed / bowed-metal screech (the majority of the first side) and more scrabbly avenues (the flip) ; rarely does the music land in any one tonal / rhythmic center, preferring liquid development(s) to stasis ...

on top of the visceral thrill ride that is the music here, the edition itself is something a wonder, consisting of a gorgeous screened lp sleeve adorned with a vellum fold-out, which lifts to reveal the album credits ... not since the days of harry partch’s gate 5 have i seen such a perfect melding of the self-realized record/label spec & the forward-thinking music to match ... highly recommended !!!
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aster

aster is the duo and debut lp release of ashley paul and eli keszler. performing across the northeast the past 3 years they have developed a unique style of sound which combines keszler's piercing high pitched resonances from bowed crotales and cymbals with paul's altissimo sustains and drastic pitch bends on alto saxophone and clarinet. the split tone combinations from these instruments is surprising and overwhelming, creating continuously shifting, multi-layered harmonics and intense inner ear sound. spinning discs, invented resonating metal configurations, bending reed tones and voice interference carefully blend creating a wild texture that is both harsh and striking. in contrast, the final piece displays ashley’s wrenching string attacks and eli’s rapid-fire percussion, filled with low-end bowed cymbals and jittery crashes. recorded to 4 track with no sound modification, aster is the first 'official' release of this long standing duo, which plans on a series of releases in the future.

pressed on 160 gram copper plate pressed virgin vinyl, the record is housed in a black inner sleeve. the textured paper cover features a layered silk screened drawing while the inside contains grey pasted notes with an attached 8 x 24 inch three part multi-tone picture printed across a fold-out frosted vellum book. all silk screened, hand assembled and drawn by ashley and eli.

the record comes in a limited hand numbered edition of 300 copies.

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