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Mungo – Splinter Orchestra – splitrec 27 3 x CD and DL

The new 3 CD set, ‘mungo-coverMUNGO’, their first release in 10 years, (since splitrec 17) presents an argument for a creative collective, sensitive to time/space — one that treats all the participants, be they performers, other species, or the wind, as equal players.

Over the previous two years, they’d honed specific strategies involving motion that manifest differently wherever and whenever they are played out. These procedures were taken to the dry lakebed in far west NSW.

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Avocado – Peter Farrar – splitrec 26 LP, CD and DL

farrar_borderAs listeners to the experimental, improvised, Jazz, Ethiopian and style-free music communities in Sydney will testify, Peter Farrar has been doing astonishing solos the last few years.

He’s been honing techniques that use various extensions on his alto sax, (mainly plastic bags and bottles as mutes). Instead of an instrumental line, he produces startling layers of distorted tones and overtones with pervasive, insistent, generative rhythms. This is pioneering research — he has re-imagined the instrument.

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Switches and Hose – Dale Gorfinkel – splitrec 25 LP, CD and DL

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Dale Gorfinkel is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, instrument creator and installation artist. Dale’s work aims to reflect an awareness of the dynamic nature of culture & the value of listening as a mode of knowing people & places. He is interested in finding fresh ways of presenting and making music, bringing creative communities together & shifting perceived boundaries of scenes, styles & artforms.

His first solo release reflects this diversity of interests and approaches. He has chosen 4 pieces, each radically different.

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Truancy –  Jim Denley, Cor Fuhler – splitrec 24 LP, CD and DL

Truancy_Front_Cover_web_200Jim Denley and Dutch musician Cor Fuhler first met at the Taklos Festival in Switzerland in the early 1990s and Cor’s frequent visits to Australia over the years gave them the opportunity to occasionally play. In 2012 Cor moved to Sydney, allowing them to ramp up the duo — this is their first release together.

Over 7 weeks at the end of 2013 they recorded weekly in Cor’s backyard studio, eventually choosing take 9 and 12, titling them Skive and Wag.

Their imaginative preparations and inventions mean that listeners will find it hard to believe they are playing saxophone and piano, and at times, be unable to distinguish between the two players. They don’t accept clichés about instrumental notions and fashionable schools (new and old).

But Truancy isn’t just about opting out, rather, time away from institutions has been devoted to generating new sounds and structures.

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Tokyo 1972 – TELETOPA – splitrec CD23 and LP23

Front-Cover-Web_200Geoffrey Collins – flute, percussion and electronics
Roger Frampton – sax, percussion and electronics
Peter Evans – percussion and electronics
David Ahern – violin, percussion and electronics.

In the early 1970’s, Sydney had a group at the forefront of musical experimentation with a unique take on free improvisation.

The discovery of a box of lost tapes hidden away in a garage for over four decades has led to the first ever release of substantial recordings from Teletopa – Tokyo 1972. The release includes an original Manifesto by Ahern about the group and a potted history of the group by Geoffrey Barnard.

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lucid – Great Waitress  – splitrec CD22

gw_cover_web_1_300Magda Mayas – piano, Laura Altman – clarinet, Monica Brooks – accordion
“…blurring of instrumental identities in a collective exploration of timbral and textural possibilities…”

“…music – or rather, I’d argue, sound-art – that results from careful, minute attention to production of individual sounds…” The Wire, October 2011 – Andy Hamilton

“If spiders have musical dreams while spinning webs, they might sound like the fragile wisps of sound created by Great Waitress.” 
Sydney Morning Herald, December 9, 2011 – John Shand

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a closely woven fabrik – West Head Project – splitrec CD21

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Dale Gorfinkel – prepared trumpet, tree roots + automated sonic contraptions, Jim Denley – bamboo + czech school flutes, balloons, alto sax, Monica Brooks – accordion, Anthony Magen – recording.

For a number of years as West Head Project, we’ve been making site specific sound events and recordings at outdoor locations – initially these were held at West Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. This disc documents our work on Maria Island, off the east coast of Tasmania, where we created performances for ’10 Days on the Island Festival’ and Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania.

“Careful listening confirms the musicians’ sympathetic interaction with the captured natural sound. This also substantiates why the overall session works as well ecologically as musically.” Ken Waxman – Jazz Word

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c a l i b r a t e d – b l i p – splitrec CD20

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Jim Denley – alto sax, bass flute, dismantled bass flute, prepared flute, Czech school flute, bamboo flute and balloons (although sometimes it’s just easier to say wind instruments) and Mike Majkowski – double bass pitch pipes and objects.

Mike Majkowski and Jim Denley formed b l i p in 2008. They’ve been members of the Splinter Orchestra (splitrec 17) since 2002. c a l i b r a t e d was recorded one afternoon in Narrabeen, Sydney, 24th August 2010 from 2pm – 4pm.

“calibrated, while exploring sound material richly and profoundly, is nevertheless musical, sensitive, intense, strong and compelling. Recommended!” – Improv Sphere
It is impossible not to appreciate that the music-making undertaken on calibrated is part of a rich and ongoing conversation between two of Australia’s most engaging improv artists.”
Gail Priest – RealTime

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GERM STUDIES for Guzheng and DX7 – Chris Abrahams, DX7, Clare Cooper, Guzheng – splitrec CD19 double CD + poster

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From the 1st track on disc 1, Acid Shower – 0.16, to the last track on disc 2, Angry Climax – 0.36, small scale is rigorously adhered to, but the end result is a major statement over the 198 tracks. It’s as if each of the microorganisms has all the information to develop into bigger organisms – there are some fecund moments, but the players keep moving on. In the end though, the resulting macrostructure of the 2 CDs, is formally unique.

…the analogy with germs is entirely appropriate – pieces flit to life like mating cells, making skewed, surprise lurches and appearing generally feverish throughout. The interplay between artists is never less than enthralling, their actions raw, revealing, and lovingly recorded, a ceaseless procession of sounds veering off in all directions. Instrumentally its an odd pairing, sure, but seen as an updated form of the violin sonata, in Webern-esque miniature, drawn by post-onkyo minimalists, it begins to make sense.” Joshua Meggitt – Cyclic Defrost

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Sonic Systems Laboratory – splitrec CD18
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Dale Gorfinkel and Robbie Avenaim with radical approaches to the vibraphone.

Their instruments are microtonally prepared and activated by machines instead of the usual mallets, resulting in a variety of unusual textures. Their music is like waking up to an alarm clock, only in reverse; the hypnotic quality of the sound pulling the listener into a dream world. Alarm bells give way to scenes of old children’s toys, followed by distant propellers and, finally, cats purring. By the end, Avenaim and Gorfinkel are literally shaking the sound from their instruments.

Whatever preconceptions you may have about what a vibraphone should sound like, cast them aside now…a beautifully crafted 32 minute improvisation.” Brian Marley – Wire

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The Splinter Orchestra – splitrec CD17

shop_frontcoverhigh_300In late 2006 a 24 piece Splinter recorded at studio 301 in Sydney a new set of improvisations and procedural compositions, brilliantly recorded by Richard Belkner.

“The result is eerie and weirdly beautiful; more diaphanous then dense, which is a tribute to both the subtlety of the interaction and the sophistication of the recording. Remarkable.” John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

A CD whose subtle progression rewards careful listening“– Ken Waxman, In MusicWorks

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Through Fire, Crevice + the Hidden Valley – Jim Denley: altosax – splitrec CD16

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From the 18th of May 2006, I spent 15 days armed with sax, camera, audio recorders, food and a solar recharger in the Budawang Mountains, a wilderness area in the Morton National Park, South West of Nowra on the east coast of Australia. These mountains are full of dramatic and rugged rock formations, caves, crevices and a hidden valley – it’s a wonderland of natural acoustics. Presumably people have been making music in these spaces for thousands of years, but it’s almost certain sax hasn’t been heard there before. JD.

This is music at it’s most primal, enhancing the beauty of creation.
John Shand – Sydney Morning Herald

This CD won an Honorary Mention in the Digital Music catagory of the Prix Ars Electronica, 2007.

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Gleanings – Scott Sinclair: guitar, objects Jim Denley: altosax. voice  –  splitrec CD15

gleanings_squareRecorded at the UTS studios in Sydney May 2005 by Inge Olmheim, this duo finds Sinclair (Botborg) and Denley in a sprawling noisy, and much picked over area of activity – the guitar sax duo – but managing to sustain themselves with some overlooked discoveries.

I could sit and listen to Denley’s slow intake of air for hours on end. The sound is that exciting. Don’t mistake this duo for a noise fest. It’s as far from that as night is from day. Rather, these two corral the tiniest sounds from the most common of instruments imaginable.” Tom Sekowski – Gazeta

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Findings – Peter Blamey: electronics + Jim Denley: alto – splitrec CD14

findings_square“Together they produce four pieces of music, which are simply great. Beyond pure improvisation, this incorporates musique concrete, electronic music and electro-acoustics.” Frans de Ward – Vital Weekly Recorded March 2006 Sydney
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hydration – Jim Denley – splitrec CDR5

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A series of explorations using altosax to journey to the centre of the body. 

“As an introduction to a remarkable talent, this is spot on.” Brian Morton – Wire

Recorded Sydney June 2005.

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Creoles Clayton Thomas: double bass Jim Denley: alto – splitrec CDR7

shop_creolesforweb_300“Encompassing mini reed squeaks and heavy sul ponticello and sul tasto string pulses, the concentrated rumble of buzzed bass lines is interrupted time and again by concussive tongue-fluttering, key percussion, and lip and tongue osculation. These split tones almost seem to vibrate from the gooseneck itself rather than the mouthpiece or reed and eventually, Thomas’ barrage of shuffled spiccato lines turn to cavern-deep-pitched tremolo vibrations spiced occasionally with Denley’s distant wah-wahs.” ken waxman

Recorded Sydney June 2005.

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Distinctions – Axel Doerner: trumpet, Jim Denley: wind instruments – splitrec CDR6

shop_distinctionscoverforweb_300“Distinctions has a moody involvement that pulls you ever inward towards the speakers to catch every slight inflection and every moment of not-quite silence. I switched to headphones for a second listen, and bugger me, there’s a whole other spectrum of sound buried away in there. It’s an astonishing record, one that deserves the widest possible distribution.” Brian Morton – The Wire. “Music reconceived, still generating surprises and still exciting.” Julian Crowley – The Wire

Recorded Sydney Feb 2004.

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A walk in the palm forest with my sax – Jim Denley: alto + recording – splitrec CDR8 (mini cdr)

shop_palmcoverforweb_300‘Tape and Paint Game’ is one of a terrific batch of recent releases by Denley on Split. My favourite is ‘A Walk in the Palm Forest With My Saxophone’- absolutely fascinating”. Brian Marley, Bagatellen

Binaural mikes were attached to my knees and I then walked and played in a Palm forest on the Queensland coast, near Kepple Sands. We were in the middle of a drought, so the fallen fronds were brittle and dry. My mother had recently died and this became my elegy to her. JD. Recorded Nov 2004 Kepple Sands. “…wonderful…” Wire

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Tape and Paint Game –  Joel Stern: laptop + field recordings, Jim Denley: alto + field recordings – splitrec CDR9

shop_tpgcoverforweb_300“The whole things sounds surprisingly electronic, with the saxophone playing usually a sustained note, rather than free-form melodies. The whole encounter of eight tracks breaths a very vibrant and lively atmosphere. All together a most enjoyable release, a well-done mixture of improvisation and composition.” Frans de Ward – Vital

Recorded Melbourne and Brisbane 2003/04.

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Tibooburra – Jim Denley: flutes + recordings, Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy, violin + recordings – splitrec CD8

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The tiny town of Tibooburra (place amongst the stones) in far west N.S.W, was the settings for collaboration between myself, Stevie Wishart and Heidrun Loehr (photography). The desert is alive with sounds, both “natural” and man made. Jim Denley

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first contact –  Jim Denley – splitrec CDR10

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In the very early C21st many musicians were struggling to find a relevance for instrumentalism in the creation of the new. Jim Denley made a series of programs for ABC radio that experimented with wind playing and ways of recording. He was joined in this search by one of the most brilliant engineers at the ABC, John Jacobs – together they worked on a number of programs together.

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consciousness –  Machine for Making Sense + guests: Tony Buck, Greg Kingston, Carolyn Connors – splitrec CD7

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“Though mfms sounds like a single complex organism, it is not synchronised like a shoal of darting fish. Within the group the degrees of independence, dependence and interdependence are hard to fathom – much like human consciousness itself.” Brian Marley – Avant

In 1996 mfms took over the ABC radio studios in Sydney for a 4 hr multi-stage event that no one person could have seen or heard in its entirety. The audience was free to wander between the studios, control rooms and the massive Atrium where machinations were continuous for the 4 hrs. From this raw ‘fester’ comes the ‘Consciousness’ edit. The second piece on the CD, Collective is another live recording from the Performance Space, Sydney with the group paired back to its essential quartet.

Featuring: Chris Mann, Amanda Stewart, Jim Denley, Rik Rue, Stevie Wishart with Greg Kingston, Carolyn Connors and Tony Buck.

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dissect the body – Machine for Making Sense + guests: Trey Spruance Jamie Ludbrook, Satsuki Odamura – splitrec CD6

dtb_web_200“Where does music come from? What does it mean? In a time of overrated technological parading here comes a group of Australians set up in a Machine for Making Sense who bring us some startling answers and plunge us into the heart of the creative collective act. Rarely has improvised music been able to offer such a high degree of renewal.” Jacques Oger, France Jazz 98

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I / T  – Amanda Stewart  – voice and text – here and there books + splitrec CD5

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“This one has been years in the making. It’s an elegant CD and Book set of Amanda Stewart‘s solo work in sound, visual, concrete, political, and text-based poetry, covering a period of 16 years from 1981 – 1997. Those who don’t know her work will be amazed to discover a major voice in Australian composition. This CD/Book is clearly in the must-have category, both from the musical and literary points of view.” Warren Burt -Experimental Musical Instruments

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talk is cheap –  Machine for Making Sense – splitrec  CD4 1997

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“this Machine spits out beautiful noise first and foremost, mimicking the world, but distilling its languages.” – Keith Gallasch Real Time

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sonic hieroglyphs from the night continent –  Jim Denley: alto sax, flute + mini disks – splitrec CD3 1997

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“..traversing as complete and encyclopaedic a range of extended wind techniques as one could wish for, here the techniques are used in the service of a poetic vision of landscape that both refers to the ongoing engagement with landscape that has been a constant feature of Australian art for about 20,000 years, and also deals with contemporary ideas of structure in refreshing and original way.” Warren Burt – Experimental Musical Instruments

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If it’s not on it’s not on –  Mind Body Split – splitrec LP01

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Splitrec was set up in 1989 to release this LP.

“A supergroup of local experimental musicians, Mind/Body/Split sounded like nothing else I’ve heard before or since. The lineup gives some indication of what they were doing: Sherre Delys on vocals and text, Jim Denley on wind instruments, the late Jamie Fielding on electronic keyboards, Rik Rue on tape manipulations and Kimmo Vennonen on electronic manipulations.

Each track is a brilliant conceptual piece, whether dealing with gender politics (Mr Man, In a Certain Position), religion (Save You’ll Save), language (Poetry Full of Holes) or the paranoid politics of the day (The Walls Have Ears, Particles). For experimental music, it’s also very accessible, with a playful sense of adventure and fun, such as on the track Intermission, which features a cheesy organ playing while glasses are smashed. This album is a great introduction to the local experimental music scene of the time.” Shannon O’Neill writing in Cyclic Defrost

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