Four Images of Wank //

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Release date: 
14/05/2014
Recording location: 
Rattlesnake Studio, Chicago
Recording date: 
Friday, June 28, 2013
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Liner notes: fred, ståle… am kind of perplexed about some of the linguistic aspects of this. versteht, that "party knüllers" is kind of a bi-lingual pun; kein problem, however, i am skeptical that the potential "pun-ish" aspect of the word "wank" would not have occured to either/both of you. and it's not as if we're playing through-composed post-serialist music, or "heartland americana" or "euro-pop" or any of a gazillion styles that, if arguably lacking other virtues, might at least seem to be focused on some kind of audience-centric artifact production that is often granted (or conceded to have) status of "attempted communication with audience", even in some cases by those who might not particularly like the music or the genre. whereas, with free improv....gee, where does one begin? is the intention here to see how many disparaging reviews you can accumulate that employ variations on notions of "free improv = wanking" or something of this sort? i mean, you have thought of this, right? this is apparently the plan; or at least the first part of the plan? that much I guess i would understand. what i would less well understand is the next part of the plan. is there some foundation that gives grants to the recipients of the most overwhelming number of disparaging reviews? could we get that? or do we just have the scrapbook of "clever" reviews by scribes who can find a tagline if it's inscribed in 700-point blinking neon, probably in a mix of Fraktur and comic sans. (maybe Lasse is thinking in terms of this? if not, warum nicht "full throttle", eh?). i agree that the music i've heard from that session was encouraging, listenable---perhaps i'm delusional but i might even construe some value therein. so i kind of hate to advance-tag it as "wankery", and spoon-feed the critics with some predigested presumptions that cater all too well to their predispositions. i am sure that we could call it some kind of extraordinarily austerely-titled work, and _still have some portion of critics leap (or drowsily fall) to the conclusion that it's nothing but japery or wankery. but would like to hope that for some critics, (or, conceivably, even listeners), the music might arrive with fewer potentially self-disparaging descriptions... re the name of the group...okay (tear wells up in eye..), i guess i'm not really a "party knüller"...okay...(shuffles off into corner, disconsolately...then engages himself in conversation, and is soon oblivious...)....sure. per this paradigm, i would prefer "party knüllers meet jim baker"....this could be particularly amusing as the tour progresses, since for each successive gig, we would be "meeting" (for the nth time, or with some weird implications re recurrence, etc...hey, i'm having fun here, however tedious it may be for _you to read...). my other new paradigm is that i am really tied up right now and am probably inclined to go with whatever you "knüllers" think would represent a viable "product". or at least maybe could you guys make the initial cut and send it? (or i could try to listen...but the office is moving [the structural engineers have tried tying it down; anchoring with pylons; sandbags...nothing seems to work...], and...well, i am a bit distracted...); -Jim Baker, Chicago, 2014 ps - fyi, "knüller could also be construed as "nuller", which might imply either a verb related to nullification, and/or else the notion of a null value: or, perhaps even "better", a value that was (somehow, inexplicably, impossibly..) nuller than a null value. (this latter usage seems to me to be particularly piquant when in conjunction with "party"..)
Artwork design: 
Lasse Marhaug
Mastering engineer: 
Fred Lonberg-Holm
Mixing engineer: 
Caleb Willitz
Recording engineer: 
Caleb Willitz
  • 1. Mühldörfl (12:02)
  • 2. Wallgau (08:25)
  • 3. Krün (10:57)
  • 4. Schlattan-Höfle (11:07)

Jim Baker - analog synthesizer
Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello & electronics
Ståle Liavik Solberg - drums & percussion

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