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KELLER, BEAT & DARIUS CIUTA - A2

Format: CD-R
Label & Cat.Number: Attenuation Circuit ACK 1029
Release Year: 2016
Note: recommended collab. by Swiss (jazz) guitarist BEAT KELLER with Lithuanian DARIUS CIUTA , they create high pitched resonances and feebacks plus object and shortwave sounds, very focused and slow and ZEN-like, with unusual sounds all around... "Sounds move in, out and around in what could be a fairly random fashion and appear in all sorts of strange overlapping configurations. This was a great release of some excellent, different approaches." [Vital Weekly]
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"A2 (ACK 1029, CD-R) bringt mit BEAT KELLER (an feedbacker electric guitar) jemanden zu Gehr, der in Winterthur als Leader von Keller's 10 auf Unit Records mit einer Bandbreite von Syd Barrett bis Thelonious Monk und Jrg Frey bis Louis Andriessen verblfft. Den litauischen Leisetreter DARIUS CIUTA, bekannt als Partner von Ilia Belorukov, Bruno Duplant oder Stefen Thut, auch an seiner Seite zu finden, braucht nicht verwundern, Keller ist ja als Interpret von Frey und auch von Christian Wolff wandelweiserisch und mikrominimalistisch bestens bewandert. Kellers schweifendes oder in sich kreisendes Sirren, Surren und Drhnen, von Ciuta sporadisch mit Schwarzwei-, Quatsch, Shortwave Radio in der Manier von Keith Rowe bewispert, mit feinem Ticken punktiert oder winzigen perkussiven Effekten umflattert, dreht sich auf dem Ouija panisch weg von R wie Rumpelstilzchen und hin zu D wie Dornrschen. Die AC-Macher zeigen damit eine Spannweite wie ein Quetzalcoatlus." [Bad Alchemy]



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"You could easily think the name Beat Keller is a wordplay on 'beats in basement', or think of The Beatles playing the Cavern, but Beat is actually not an uncommon name in Switzerland and Keller, well, that means basement in German, but also is a fairly regular last name. He plays 'feedbacker electric guitar', but is also trained as a jazz guitarist and he plays with various groups, as well as composing for other groups. I guess this new work is perhaps a bit of an oddball for him, as it sees him playing with Darius Ciuta, who plays shortwave radio and objects. This is quite far from the world of jazz, but perhaps not so far from the world of improvised music. It is, in all its subtleness, quite a radical work. The feedback produced by Keller is not always ear-piercingly loud, but it's at times pretty high pitched and generally follows slow curves when changing his pitches. Ciuta's contribution is probably no less extreme I think. At times he produces some very dry sounds, merely clicks and ticks, a bit of hiss and noise, but here too it is all very much under control. It never explodes or becomes a wall of noise. Hard to recognize a guitar in here, but also any other sound is not easy, I guess. I enjoyed this best at a somewhat lower volume; in all its abstract approach towards sound, this also has some kind of Zen-like approach, I think. Sounds move in, out and around in what could be a fairly random fashion and appear in all sorts of strange overlapping configurations. This was a great release of some excellent, different approaches." [FdW/Vital Weekly]