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Phill Niblock

Touch Five (2CD)

Label: Touch

Format: 2CD

Genre: Electronic



*2023 stock* In October 2013 Phill Niblock will be 80 - the grand old man of minimalism. These CDs include pieces made in two different ways. Traditionally (since 1968), I recorded tones played by an instrument (by an instrumentalist), arranging these single tones into mutli-layered settings, making thick textured drones, with many microtones. In the early days, I prescribed the microtones, tuning the instrumentalist, when I was using audio tape.

Later, I used the software ProTools, and made the microtones as I made the pieces. FeedCorn Ear and A Cage of Stars were made this way. In 1998, Petr Kotik asked me to make a piece for orchestra, so, I began to make scores for the musicians to play from. The form of that piece, and the subsequent six scored works, were patterned after a piece in 1992–94, where the musicians were tuned by hearing tones played from a tape through headphones.

These are the instructions for the scored piece on the second CD, Two Lips. The score was prepared by Bob Gilmore, from specific directions by me. Two Lips, aka Nameless, is conceived as two scores, A and B, to be played simultaneously, lasting 23 minutes. Each score consists of ten instrumental parts. The twenty separate parts should be distributed randomly amongst the musicians of the ensemble; the 'A group' and the 'B group' are not separated spatially.

Cat. number: TO:91
Year: 2013
Feedcorn Ear: The material Phill Niblock used to construct the piece (in a multitrack, computer environment) was recorded in the studios of Marcus Schmickler (Piethopraxis) in Cologne. Niblock then began constructing the piece in his studio in New York (Experimental Intermedia), and finished it in an apartment in East London. A Cage Of Stars was commissioned by Rebecca Shatwell and the AV Festival 12, International Festival of Art, Technology, Music and Film and was premiered on the 3rd of March 2012 at the Sage, Gateshead. Prior to the concert, the electric harp was recorded at Culture Lab, Newcastle. Zwerm, Guitar Quartet recorded at Amplus, Aighem, Belgium. Dither Guitar Quartet and the Coh Da Quartet were made at the Trace Elements Records studios in New York. ℗ & © 2013 Touch Made in the EU. The actual track durations differ from those listed on the cover.