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Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol. 1

by Group Listening

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Ursula's Crow Stephen and Paul's sonic styles are open-ended and mood-enhancing. Here, woodwind and piano offset each other. Favorite track: Julie With.
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Alejandro Epic. I'm completely flummoxed by the Group listening and clever illustration abilities. Truly elegant intertwine work of art, perfectly outlined with entertaining landscapes, and layered with wicked punches of heart, melancholy and engaging electro-acoustic rhythms. A mysterious selection that resembles signatures of the shadow radio drama, accompanied by echos of the classical composition "Omphales Spinning Wheel" performed by "the other half of the opera". Thank you bandcamp! Forever :) Favorite track: Wenn Der Südwind Weht.
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Julie With 06:14
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Piano & Clarinet: Selected Works Vol. 1 is the debut album from Group Listening, a collection of ambient works - from the likes of Brian Eno, Arthur Russell, Roedelius and Robert Wyatt - arranged for clarinet and piano.

Black is best known for recording albums and touring extensively under the guise of Sweet Baboo, as well as working with Cate Le Bon, H. Hawkline and others. Paul is an acclaimed jazz pianist and experimental musician. He played with Keith Tippett, formed The Jones O’Connor Group, performed with noise improv bands and composed orchestral and chamber music.

Cutting out the post production and keeping overdubs to a minimum, the clarinet and piano were passed through guitar stomp boxes and other analogue effects to enable processing and manipulation directly in performance. The result hums with the ghostly energy of sound pioneers Joe Meek and Martin Hannett, while mbira and drum machines are sparingly deployed amid enveloping folds of space echo.

Like Virginia Astley or Simon Jeffes, Group Listening tread the overlap between classical and experimental music. Perhaps most startling here is the breadth of material arranged as one atmospheric whole. The pieces range from the ever-spiralling, fractal phrases of German composer Roedelius to the haunting rasps of game and Hollywood soundtracker Disasterpiece and the pioneering sonics of early electronic inventor Raymond Scott. Somehow, shot together through Group Listening’s electro-acoustic lens, these works evolve into something supremely calming, poignant and new.

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released May 4, 2018

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