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John Tchicai / Hans Joachim Irmler / Jan Fride / Roman Bunka / Hanna Tuulikki / Aby Vulliamy / Chris Hladowski / George Murray: Schlachtfest Session II

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This isn't so much a meeting of minds as it is a meeting of generations; each individual intent on serving the perpetually slippery thing that is The Music. John Tchicai is the individual with the greatest heritage here, and the idea of him coming together with Hans Joachim Irmler of the sonic explorers Faust will always be an intriguing one. Here it yields inscrutable results, the whole musical whole far greater than the sum total of its parts.

Their coming together, just one as it is of many on offer here, perhaps unsurprisingly resulted in fearsomely collective music. Musical personalities, ...

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TUU: One Thousand Years

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The British group “TUU" has been creating its stylish form of ambient for quite a few years now. Their personnel varies among a pool of players, including Martin Franklin on percussion, Mykl O'Dempsey on synthesizers, and Nik Parkin on flute. On this album, Richard Clare plays the winds rather than Parkin. The TUU style is easily recognizable – a notable feat in a field where much Southeast-Asian-inspired ambient sounds alike. TUU's Oriental- melodic line is carried by flutes, sometimes played in long lines and sometimes electronically looped. The rhythms, usually slow, are provided by Eastern percussion such as gongs, singing ...



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