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"One of the main features is Arioso Distante. It is a beautiful 12 minute string piece. It has a classical feel, but often sounds as if there were three different string quartets following similar but not identical scores. The result is a lush, powerful music. Pack uses ...
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SPP201 | SPOOL

"A key to the success of this recording is the well-balanced "equation" of these three specific musicians. Hansen is a Toronto-based turntablist who tends more to Christian Marclay than Kid Koala. He explains, "I started manipulating records back in high school during ...
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SPF303 | SPOOL

"They [Lerner & Freedman] have a remarkable symbiosis, with Lerner's quite elegant lines sometimes giving this disc the sound of what it might have been like if Eric Dolphy had ever played with Cecil Taylor. Lerner's powerful phrasing also seems to owe something to ...
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SPL111 | SPOOL

"Recorded June 30, 1998, in Oakland. John Butcher, one of the most original saxophone voices of the day, joined here in good company by Gino Robair and Matthew Sperry. Never content with simply being an exercise in pushing the capabilities of their instruments beyond ...
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SPL109 | SPOOL

"Broken Record Chamber was inaugurated in September 1998, barely moments after the smoke and debris were cleared in the wake of a momentous double bill featuring Otomo Yoshihide, Martin Tetrault and Ruins. Since that time Broken Record Chamber have participated in the ...
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SPF301 | SPOOL

"Au Coeur du Litige is a radiophonic work consisting at its core of a series of solo clarinet improvisations. Subsequently stripped of their innocence and simplicity through digital manipulations these solos become a dense web within which there is a multiplicity of ...
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SPF302 | SPOOL

"Incorporating three very long pieces of multiple sections -- by mainstays Cooke and Samworth, as well as by guest soloist Paul Cram -- this date demonstrates the NOW Orchestra's synergy as well as its knowledge of the large ensemble continuum that stretches from ...
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SPL107 | SPOOL

"Improvising alongside other instruments, Larner extends the koto's every single parameter." (The Wire) Brett Larner, 13 string koto, 17 string bass koto, 21 string gu zheng, duos with: Jim O'Rourke, hurdy gurdy, Ted Reichman, accordion, Samm Bennett, electronics, John ...
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SPL114 | SPOOL

"At its best, Wilson's compositions encompass in-and-out qualities that enchant and lead the listener down slightly twisted paths. Wilson rarely loses sight of melody, but is rarely constrained by it. His dream-like visions are well executed by the group." (All Music ...
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SPL112 | SPOOL

"From a nether corner of the ambient world comes Sponge, a largely improvised and very eclectic take on the subject. The duet has conjured up a visceral sea of sound and imagination which is sometimes calming, sometimes disturbing, sometimes both at the same time. ...
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SPL101 | SPOOL

"Recorded May 17, 1999, in Chicago. A flickering evanescent set featuring Swedish reed maestro Mats Gustaffson with the promising young Canadian duo of Gennaro and Newman also known as Wrist Error. The latter give credence to the reality of a new improvisation scene ...
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SPL110 | SPOOL

"Hikage's approach to the koto is traditional; it doesn't involve a lot of extended techniques and retains a distinctly Japanese ethos, much like the master koto improvisor Kazue Sawai. Which does not mean that her palette is restricted. Her use of wide dynamic shifts ...
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SPL122 | SPOOL

"No Day Rising is a total workout in strings meeting wood. The convergence of Larner's prepared koto and Uchihashi's versatile daxophone with Leandre's nimble bridgework on contrabass occupies a similar sonic range, which makes for a cohesive result, Toward the ...
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SPL121 | SPOOL

Recorded at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 2000 by Marc L'Esperance. Michael Moore, clarinet, alto saxophone, Peggy Lee, cello, Dylan van der Schyff, drums, etc.
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SPL118 | SPOOL

"Spool is very pleased to announce the release of dearness, featuring Fred Frith, certainly one of the great contributors to adventurous new music, John Oswald, (in)famous for his landmark plunderphonics work, and Anne Bourne, who carries her sense of musical adventure ...
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SPL116 | SPOOL

"This recording is the culmination of a two year process of experimenting with instrumental possibilities stemming from a mutual love of extended technique, microtonal music and a willingness and desire to explore the many facets of the human psyche through sound. The ...
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SPL115 | SPOOL