1. Product Details
Hence is the third collaborative release from Oren Ambarchi and Jim ORourke following on from Behold EMEGO 176LP 2015. Building on the refined combination of electronics and acoustic instrumentation found on their previous releases Hence presents two side-long pieces combining synthesizers heavily effected guitar tones and tabla rhythms played by special guest Uzhaan. On the first side an explosive opening chord sends out ripples of sparse irregularly pulsing guitar and synthesizer tones aleatorically changing in pitch and jumping around the stereo image. Combined with the tabla which gradually builds in busyness throughout the side the piece is like a dream collaboration between David Behrman and the Henry Kaiser of Its A Wonderful Life 1984 gradually overtaken in its second half by a swarm of lush live electronic sizzle. The second side begins in a similar area combining tabla shimmering Leslie cabinet guitar tones and a wandering melodic line. Undergoing a series of subtle variations this initial area eventually builds to a climax of twittering synthesized birdsong reminiscent of Alvin Currans 70s work. As on the first side Ambarchi and ORourke craft a piece that is both comforting and subtly strange as the constantly shifting dynamics and changes of focus which recall the flow of improvised music refuse to allow the music to settle into any one moment for too long or to build in too linear a fashion. Combining influences from post-minimalism the pioneers of live electronics and eastern music into a unique sound world Hence is a seductive work from two of the most singular sensibilities in contemporary music. Cut by Rashad Becker at D&M Berlin. Photos by Traianos Pakioufakis. Sleeve/type design by Stephen OMalley.
1.1 Hence One 19:15
2.1 Hence Two 19:30
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