Touch Three

A 9 track avant-garde album (3h 22m 44s) — released April 24th 2006 on Touch
New York-based minimalist composer and multi-media musician and director of Experimental Intermedia Niblock is the forgotten Minimalist. His work has influenced a younger generation of composers such as Susan Stenger, Lois V Vierk, David First, and Glenn Branca. Previous work includes 'Guitar two, for four? a piece which was composed for five guitarists and recorded with the Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo on. ---- TOUCH THREE---- 'What I am doing with my music is to produce something without rhythm or melody, by using many microtones that cause movements very, very slowly.' 'Phil Niblock Niblock constructs big 24-track digitally processed monolithic microtonal drones. Sound without melody or rhythm. Movement is slow, geologically slow. Changes are almost imperceptible, and his music has a tendency of creeping up on you. The vocal pieces are like some of Ligeti's choral works, but a little more phased. This isn't choral work. For example, 'A Y U (as yet untitled)' from 'Touch Works' [Touch # TO:49, 2000] is sampled from just one voice, the baritone Thomas Buckner. The results are pitch shifted and processed intense drones, one live and one studio edited. Unlike Ligeti, this isn't just for voice or hurdy gurdy. Like Stockhausen's electronic pieces, Musique Concrete, or even Fripp and Eno's 'No Pussyfooting', the role of the producer/composer in 'Hurdy Hurry' and 'A Y U' is just as important as the role of the performer. Since 1968 Phill has also put on over 1000 concerts in his loft space, including Ryoji Ikeda, Zbigniew Karkowski, Jim O'Rourke and BJNilsen.'
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