Passive/Aggressive

John Chantler & Johs Lund – Singulære tilstande af ro og vildskab

Kritik August 29 2017 endlesssky0010652014_10

John Chantler & Johs Lund “Endless Sky” (selvudgivet, 2017) – anmeldelse af Simon Christensen

Vi får at vide, det er en synthesizer, men det lyder som et strengeinstrument, der producerer en lang meditativ drone. Samtidig hører vi ‘cirkular breathing’ på altsaxofonen fra Johs Lund, som hele tiden overskrider den rene tone og bliver gradvist mere abstrakt i løbet af albummets første side. Den anden del starter først midtvejs på B-side, hvor det lyder som et larmende modularstykke og en forstærket saxofon, der arbejder med interferens, dissonans og støjens teksturer. I al sin kraft er der både en ro og en vildskab. Læs resten

Lawrence English – Occupying the body and activating it as an ear (interview)

English Feature April 8 2015 spectaculare_16

By Mette Slot Johnsen – photo: Room40

It’s been 15 years since Lawrence English decided to put thought into action, and – led by a self professed dogged determination akin to that of Fitzcarraldo and his Amazon adventure – set up the record label Room40, with the intention of self releasing and finding artists who wanted to explore and reflect the world in a similar way to himself.

Among the many artists released on Room40 are Grouper, Tim Hecker, Oren Ambarchi, and John Chantler. The output is a range of meditative and/or noisy contemporary compositions, soundscapes, field recordings and experimental electronic music. According to English the Room40 artists share the common trait that they try to invite you in to listen a bit closer. The music can be background music, but when delved into a little deeper it allows for you to open up your ears and thoughts to explore the sounds and the world they are creating or reflecting. Læs resten