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Live-Improvisations-by-chamberfolkjazz-group Trepanning Trio

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In the winter months, experimental chamber/folk/jazz group Trepanning Trio abandons its “tunes” and embraces the chaos of free-improvisation. Naked As Needles: Collected Improvisations, Volume 1 represents the band’s favorite excursions into spontaneous sound creation.

These tracks, recorded at live performances over the past few years, reflect the band’s joy in impromptu musical exploration. Each track is unique and features a different lineup of musicians and instruments/objects/sound-makers.

This album is available for free download at the request of the artist. Enjoy and share freely.

 

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Minimalist, chamber, and percussive group, ensemble, et al. releases first full-length album

present_coverensemble, et al.‘s first full-length record, “present point passed“, ensemble, et al.’s first full-length record, “present point passed”, is the culmination of an incredibly productive period in which the group coalesced artistically into its own ideal of a musical unit. Since the beginning, the members of ensemble, et al. have shared a few key traits in common: an affinity for minimalist-vein new music, formal training in classical and jazz percussion, and—most importantly—extensive experience writing and performing in collaborative rock bands.

For the group, the process of composing, rehearsing, and recording present point passed was an affirmation that a balance can be struck between adventurous, composer-driven music in the contemporary classical tradition and the collaboratively-created and improvised music of modern popular music traditions. That dual awareness has manifested itself not just in the sound of the group’s music but also in their attitude and approach toward composition. The result of this approach is a record that powerfully demonstrates a democratic creative effort and the collective aesthetic of the group’s members.”>present point passed“, is the culmination of an incredibly productive period in which the group coalesced artistically into its own ideal of a musical unit. Since the beginning, the members of ensemble, et al. have shared a few key traits in common: an affinity for minimalist-vein new music, formal training in classical and jazz percussion, and—most importantly—extensive experience writing and performing in collaborative rock bands.

For the group, the process of composing, rehearsing, and recording present point passed was an affirmation that a balance can be struck between adventurous, composer-driven music in the contemporary classical tradition and the collaboratively-created and improvised music of modern popular music traditions. That dual awareness has manifested itself not just in the sound of the group’s music but also in their attitude and approach toward composition. The result of this approach is a record that powerfully demonstrates a democratic creative effort and the collective aesthetic of the group’s members.

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EG mines their old cassettes for an epic 100-track digital box set

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There’s “lo-fi” and then there’s “old cassette releases lo-fi”. The new massive track listing from the Electric Grandmother is in the second category. Pete and Mary-Alice Faust have warned the general public that this collection is more for their hardcore, long-term fans – but anyone can enjoy it, especially if you have a fondness for Saved by the Bell.

The songs are in chronological order, and are arranged by each cassette “album” they appear on. A .pdf of fun Electric Grandmother factoids is included in the download along withartwork for each cassette.

The songs have been remastered by Pete Faust (Etep Tsauf) himself, and the original (most of it, Etep drew that cover and did some other bits and pieces) artwork/packaging by Mary Alice Hamnett (Donna Jo Tanner) has been digitally restored (they scanned them).

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