Invisible Ear //

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Release date: 
01/04/2018
Recording location: 
London and Muenster
Recording date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2002
Artwork design: 
Avril Levi
  • 1. Swan Style (03:34)
  • 2. Cup Anatomical (03:29)
  • 3. What remains (04:31)
  • 4. Streamers (04:45)
  • 5. A controversial fix for.... (02:27)
  • 6. ....shrilling reed freakout (04:32)
  • 7. The importance of gossip (08:33)
  • 8. Dark Field (02:41)
  • 9. Bright Field (01:33)
  • 10. Magnetic Bottle (02:59)
  • 11. Sprinkler (02:14)
  • 12. Atelier (03:25)

John Butcher - Tenor and Soprano saxophones:
acoustic, close-miked, amplified, feedbacking, solo, multitracked.

Weight of Wax reissue of original 2003 CD on "Fringes".

"When Anthony Braxton first recorded his 1969 album of solo saxophone improvisations "For Alto", the concept of improvisational solo reed performances was still in its infancy. Since then it has become an art form onto itself, cluttered with the excesses of neophyte and seasoned veteran alike. Unfortunately, very few of these artists explore their instruments with the dedication to progression and feral intensity of John Butcher. Though his earlier work embraced a traditional jazz outlook, Butcher has taken great strides in moving further and further afield from the conventions of both jazz and improv musics. With Invisible Ear, he has taken his boldest step yet, approaching a level of experimentation previously unheard of through the use of close-miking and amplification in startlingly unconventional manners."
DUSTED - Everett Jang Perdue.

solos
Close-miked soprano saxophone 1, 2, 8, 9
Amplified/Feedback tenor saxophone 4, 5, 6, 10
Amplified/Feedback soprano saxophone 11

multitrackes
Five tenors and three sopranos 3
Multiple amplified/feedback saxophones and Korg synthesiser 7
Three sopranos and resonant room 12

Pieces 1-11 recorded in London 2002.
"Atelier" recorded 1999 in Muenster.
Weight of Wax reissue of original 2003 CD on "Fringes".