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The International Nothing

Less Action, Less Excitement, Less Everything (LP)

Label: Ftarri

Format: LP

Genre: Jazz



The International Nothing is a Berlin-based psycho-acoustic clarinet duo formed by Michael Thieke and Kai Fagaschinski in 2000. They collectively compose multilayered sound sculptures using multiphonics, beat frequencies and difference tones as an integral part of their language. Both musicians might be known as improvisers but in this project they develop and perform exclusively their own compositions crafted with an extreme care for detail and precision. The duo's works have been released on five albums by the Japanese Ftarri Label. They toured all over Europe, in North and South America and in East Asia.

The sense of mutual understanding is present throughout what is a consistently impressive album that oozes a delicate subtlety that requires careful listening to get the most out of. Notes swell out of the silence rather than just begin, and they slip away with a similar charm. The attention to detail is remarkable, not only in this kind of exit and entrance technique, but in the accuracy of the combined tonal playing. Despite there being extended use of harmonic systems here I can’t find a single mistake, a single loose wavering note, a single missed entry point. In short, it is a beautiful set of five fine, compact pieces that have been executed very well indeed. Simple ingredients, well combined by very talented people.

Cat. number: ftarri-219
Year: 2010
Recorded at Ausland, Berlin, March 23rd & 24th, 2009. Mixed in September 2009. Mastered at Motone Sound Services, Vienna. All compositions 2006-2009. Recorded in March 2009.

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