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Jon Durant

Guitarist Jon Durant brings a unique sense of texture and melody to his instrument. His distinctive “cloud guitar” soundscapes and engaging lead work have graced numerous CD recordings and film soundtracks. As executive producer of Alchemy Records, he produces recordings for internationally acclaimed artists in his small home studio. After three acclaimed albums with his group Burnt Belief (a joint venture with Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin), Jon has returned with a new solo guitar CD, Parting Is. This CD is the first time Durant has released an album of his solo guitar playing (with fretless bass on a few tracks as well). “I’d noticed in many reviews of Burnt Belief that people seemed to think that all the textural elements were keyboard based, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to demonstrate that they are all, in fact, just processed guitar.” Durant commented

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Article: Album Review

Fractal Sextet: Fractal Sextet

Read "Fractal Sextet" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


In the over two-decade-old “movement" that's come to be known as Swiss Minimalism, guitarist Stephan Thelen has pushed himself to the fore, both with his group SONAR and in solo projects. In recent years, he's been astonishingly prolific (releasing five albums from 2021-2022 alone). With recent group work in Sonar being expanded to include guitarist David ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Sextet

Read "Stephan Thelen: Fractal Sextet" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Swiss composer/guitarist Stephan Thelen's two Fractal Guitar albums were largely multi-tracked affairs, involving considerable file sharing. The idea of organizing a band to perform the music live may have been inevitable. The resulting Fractal Sextet is an international project consisting of guitarist Jon Durant (USA), keyboard player and composer Fabio Anile (Italy), bassist Colin Edwin (UK), ...

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar 3

Read "Fractal Guitar 3" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitarist/composer Stephan Thelen presents the third installment of his Fractal Guitar series. Like the previous albums, the emphasis is on multiple guitars, layered in kaleidoscopic arrangements based on his compositions and guitar playing, but significantly colored by the contributions of his collaborators. This edition was also influenced by the other albums that he was working on ...

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Fractal Sextet

Label: Alchemy Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Zeptoscope; Fractal 5.7; Planet Nine; Mise en Abyme; Slow over Fast; Point of Inflection (download only).

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Fractal Guitar 3

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Through The Stargate; Morning Star; Glitch; Ascension; Black On Electric Blue; Through The Stargate (Edit).

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Fractal Guitar 2

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Cosmic Krautrock; Fractal Guitar 2; Mercury Transit; Ladder To The Stars; Celestial Navigation; Point Of Inflection.

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Fractal Guitar 2 - Remixes

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Point Of Inflection (Stephan Thelen Remix); Ladder To The Stars (Jah Wobble Remix); Celestial Navigation (Stephan Thelen Remix); Point Of Inflection (David Torn Mix); Mercury Transit (Barry Clevaland Mix Translation); Point Of Inflection (Bill Laswell Translation).

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Crossings

Label: Alchemy Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Vol de Nuit; Sunrise; Mise en Abyme; Crossings; Fractal 5.7; Dream Sequence; Infinity.

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Mutual Isolation

Label: Alchemy Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Where It All Began (For TR); Month of Moonlight; Rosso Portofino; Residential; Perilous Terrain; The Evolution of Disintegration; Precipitation; Divine Rascal; Expanse.


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