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Artist: CHATHAM, RHYS
Title: Echo Solo
Format: LP
Label: Azoth Schallplatten
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
A vinyl-only release, Beautifully packaged with extensive notes by the composer, Limited edition of 800 copies. "By 1989, downtown legend Rhys Chatham had been fusing art music and punk rock for almost fourteen years and wanted to try his hand at something else. Accordingly, he set out to combine forms using a diverse vocabulary drawn exclusively from the classic avant-garde; the result is Echo Solo. In it, Chatham appropriates a number of musical styles -- serial technique, chance operations, and just intonation -- then through a process of amalgamation and superimposition, he transcends their original musical meaning while at the same time imploding it. Only the tiniest pair of critical scissors could isolate the individual elements from the final product; its a fascinating, paradoxical composition, one which the composer happily describes as "a rite of decimation. As Chatham himself writes: When one tunes a piano in just intonation, it is essentially in one key, the key of 1. La Monte Young tuned his piano in E-flat, owing to the fact that he was originally an alto saxophone player. I used a similar technique, but used C natural as my starting point, for the sake of simplicity. When we tune a piano in this way, however, we are usually very careful to select a strategy of striking a particular set of piano keys in order to stay in the right musical key. In Echo Solo, no such strategy existed. The aleatory and serial techniques used to arrive at the pitch choices completely ignored the tuning of the piano. And it is in this sense that Echo Solo would seem to be a contradiction in terms with respect to the manner in which the piano was tuned. And indeed it is, but it has the happy effect of endowing the piece with a unique sound: it clearly doesnt sound like Young, perhaps a bit more like a strange amalgamation of Cage and Boulez, but out of whack somehow. Something new..."- Azoth Schallplatten.
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Artist: CHATHAM, RHYS
Title: Pythagorean Dream
Format: CD
Label: Foom
Country: UK
Price: $16.00
“Rhys Chatham returns with his first solo album since 2013, the enchanting Pythagorean Dream. Having studied under Terry Riley and La Monte Young (with whom he later went on to work), Chatham fused the overtone-drenched minimalism of John Cale and Tony Conrad with the relentless, elemental fury of the Ramones. It was an inspired amalgamation -- the textural intricacies of the avant-garde colliding with the visceral punch of electric guitar-slinging punk rock -- and with it Chatham created a new type of urban music. Raucous and ecstatic, this sound energized the New York Downtown scene throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, prefigured the no wave movement, and cast a huge influence over the subsequent work of Chathams many protégés, including Glenn Branca and future members of Sonic Youth. Primarily focused on the electric guitar (but also featuring flute and a bit of trumpet) this recording is named after the Pythagorean guitar tuning it employs. The recording is a truly solo endeavor, composed, performed, produced, engineered, and mastered solely by Chatham. Chatham began to develop solos that he would play himself, choosing to incorporate the multi-second delay effect pioneered by Terry Riley with two Revox tape machines. Feeling that it tied in with his overall minimalist aesthetic and that the effect (which gives the impression that choirs and choirs of instruments are playing) was fitting as a succession to his 100-guitar idea, Chatham created and layered feedback loops of varying durations using Rileys method in order to create rich, overlapping layers that in practice transcend the limitations of their start and end points, blooming into free-flowing melodies in their own right. "Part One" of Pythagorean Dream opens with a brief trumpet intro, followed by a guitar piece that implements a finger-picking technique (Chatham has long been a fan of this style; John Fahey was one of his teenage musical heroes), before moving to an EBow section and concluding with the fast tremolo flat-picking technique used in the context of his 100-guitar pieces. "Part Two" is principally about Chathams return to the flute, the instrument that sparked his love of contemporary music before he experienced an early Ramones show at CBGB and began focusing on the electric guitar. Pythagorean Dream features Chatham on C, alto, and bass flutes. The recording is brought to a close with a final guitar piece. The CD version include a bonus track recorded at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.” - Foom.

Artist: CHATHAM, RHYS
Title: Pythagorean Dreams
Format: LP
Label: Foom
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
“Includes printed inner sleeves and download code. Rhys Chatham returns with his first solo album since 2013, the enchantingPythagorean Dream. Having studied under Terry Riley and La Monte Young (with whom he later went on to work), Chatham fused the overtone-drenched minimalism of John Cale and Tony Conrad with the relentless, elemental fury of the Ramones. It was an inspired amalgamation -- the textural intricacies of the avant-garde colliding with the visceral punch of electric guitar-slinging punk rock -- and with it Chatham created a new type of urban music. Raucous and ecstatic, this sound energized the New York Downtown scene throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, prefigured the no wave movement, and cast a huge influence over the subsequent work of Chathams many protégés, including Glenn Branca and future members of Sonic Youth. Primarily focused on the electric guitar (but also featuring flute and a bit of trumpet) this recording is named after the Pythagorean guitar tuning it employs. The recording is a truly solo endeavor, composed, performed, produced, engineered, and mastered solely by Chatham. Chatham began to develop solos that he would play himself, choosing to incorporate the multi-second delay effect pioneered by Terry Riley with two Revox tape machines. Feeling that it tied in with his overall minimalist aesthetic and that the effect (which gives the impression that choirs and choirs of instruments are playing) was fitting as a succession to his 100-guitar idea, Chatham created and layered feedback loops of varying durations using Rileys method in order to create rich, overlapping layers that in practice transcend the limitations of their start and end points, blooming into free-flowing melodies in their own right. "Part One" of Pythagorean Dream opens with a brief trumpet intro, followed by a guitar piece that implements a finger-picking technique (Chatham has long been a fan of this style; John Fahey was one of his teenage musical heroes), before moving to an EBow section and concluding with the fast tremolo flat-picking technique used in the context of his 100-guitar pieces. "Part Two" is principally about Chathams return to the flute, the instrument that sparked his love of contemporary music before he experienced an early Ramones show at CBGB and began focusing on the electric guitar.Pythagorean Dream features Chatham on C, alto, and bass flutes. The recording is brought to a close with a final guitar piece.” - Foom.

Artist: CHATHAM, RHYS
Title: Reve Parisien
Format: LP
Label: Primary Information
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"Primary Information is pleased to announce a new LP by Rhys Chatham. REVE PARISIEN was produced and designed by Chatham in collaboration with the artist Jacob Kassay. The album features four new compositions that were performed live at Kassays exhibition at Art: Concept in Paris in 2010, and loosely functions as an audio catalogue to the exhibition. REVE PARISIEN contains compositions for solo trumpet that were both performed live and used as a soundtrack through Kassays exhibition. These compositions mark a change in direction for Chatham, who has abandoned the trumpet style he developed in the nineties for a non-distorted, less effects-driven sound that compliments his minimalist compositions and his free jazz training. The LP is packaged in a stunning gatefold with an arced die-cut cover, which was designed by Jacob Kassay in collaboration with Frank Napolski. Rhys Chatham is a composer, guitarist, and trumpet player from Manhattan, currently living in Paris. He was the founder of the music program at The Kitchen in downtown Manhattan in 1971 and was its music director between 1971�73 and 1977�80. Chatham studied under, was influenced by, or has collaborated with Maryanne Amacher, Don Cherry, Tony Conrad, Jon Hassell, Charlemagne Palestine, Eliane Radigue, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Morton Subotnick, Serge Tcherepnin, and La Monte Young, among others. Jacob Kassay, born 1984 in Lewiston, NY, studied at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He currently lives and works between NY and Venice, CA. Kassays practice includes painting, installation and often collaborative works�deployed with an economy of means, and engaged with site specificity of light, space, and time. Solo exhibitions for 2011 include his first museum show at The Institute for Contemporary Arts, London; and L&M Arts, Los Angeles, CA. Edition: 1,000" - Primary Information.
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Artist: CHATHAM, RHYS
Title: Two Gongs (1971)
Format: CD
Label: Table Of The Elements
Country: USA
Price: $16.50
"The hour-long Two Gongs fills the entirety of [this] disc with its ethereal, droning psychedelia. While written in 1971, the 89 recording documented here features Chatham, along with fellow composer Yoshimase Wada coaxing heavy, overlapping tones out of a pair of Chinese gongs. The instruments buzz and hum, moving in waves from deafening rattles to soft, muted drones. The monstrous noise that Chatham concocts is far more akin to the seismic crashes of monstrously distorted guitar feedback than that of two unprocessed slabs of metal, and it proves the composers interest in creating a similar world of sound out of whatever instrument currently proved his muse. On disc, the performance is jaw-droppingly powerful, a monumental chunk of glorious noise." - Table Of The Elements.
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