Bartolo, Sousa, Ferrandini – BASFE

Bartolo, Sousa, Ferrandini - BASFE

Bartolo, Sousa, Ferrandini – BASFE

Release Date: October 7, 2022

Single: “Vapor capture”
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The circumstances that led to the creation of BASFE were as spontaneous, intuitive and in-the-moment as the music itself. Bartolo (guitar and modular synth) and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums) were in a recording session for another project. Once their session was done, the studio unexpectedly became available for the next several days. It happened that their friend Pedro Sousa (tenor sax) was in town and ready to play. The gear was already set up, the ‘record’ button was pushed, and BASFE was born!

Bartolo is a Lisbon-based guitarist, composer, producer and sound artist who has worked with artists including Miguel Rio Branco, Damo Suzuki, M. Takara, Paal Nilssen-Love, Arnaldo Antunes and Caetano Veloso. Pedro Sousa is an established and in-demand saxophonist based in Portugal who has collaborated with Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, Phil Niblock, Sei Miguel, Rafael Toral and many others. Gabriel Ferrandini is a drummer well versed in jazz, free improvisation and rock music. He is a member of RED Trio, amongst several other projects, has worked as a solo artist and with musicians including Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Axel Dörner, Evan Parker and Nate Wooley.

Tracks:

  1. Vapor capture 
  2. Solvent recovery 
  3. Sample calculation
  4. Air floatation drying oven 
  5. Magnetic particles are gone 
  6. Degraded Binder

Bartolo – guitar and modular synth 
Pedro Sousa – tenor sax
Gabriel Ferrandini – drums

Recorded by Quim Monte at Namouche studios, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016.
Produced by Bartolo.
Mixed and mastered by Gustavo Dreher and Bartolo at Estúdio Dreher and Estúdio Monumental.

Catalog Number
CR2210BA

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Curha – III

Curha - III

Curha – III

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Curha III is the third Chant Records release from New York-based trombonist, guitarist and composer Curtis Hasselbring (aka Curha). His most ambitious work yet, the album bristles with imaginative pieces that evoke images of places that don’t exist and events that probably didn’t happen. The music is inspired by both the utopian promise of the exotica/space age pop music of the 1950s and 60s and the jagged distopian musical explorations of the post-punk era (think Esquivel meets XTC). Curha’s pastiche of catchy melodies, obscured harmony and primal grooves are funneled through his usual assortment of electronics, multi-instrumentalist skills and keen ear for unusual samples. Through it all, more than on previous releases, Hasselbring’s trombone plays a frequently subtle but ever-present role in almost every song. He’s joined by several guests including Eblis Alvarez (guitar and bee noise) of the Meridian Brothers), Doug Wieselman (saxophonist with the Lounge Lizards, Millennial Territory Orchestra), Jeremy Brown (violinist with Golem) and Peter Hess (clarinetist with Philip Glass, Slavic Soul Party).

Tracks:

  1. Seeing-Eye God
  2. The Gravity Games
  3. Bee Alley
  4. Boulevard Of the Avatars
  5. Grilla’ Beach Mountain
  6. Badly Supervised Seance
  7. Rode On An Airplane Last Night
  8. A People Mover
  9. Library of Infinite Calamity
  10. Three Weird Sunsets
  11. Everyone You Know

All music composed, recorded and performed by Curtis Hasselbring.
Special guests: Jeremy Brown (violin) on #2 and #9, Eblis Alvarez (guitar, bee noise) on #3, Peter Hess (bass clarinet) on #4 and Doug Wieselman (baritone saxophone) on #6. 
Mastered by Leo3 at B.L.I.M.

Catalog Number
CR2209CU

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Curha – I
Curha – II

U/nu – Teknovortex Club – Sound Pictures From Professor Bad Trip’s Comics

U/nu - Teknovortex Club - Sound Pictures From Professor Bad Trip’s Comics

U/nu – Teknovortex Club – Sound Pictures From Professor Bad Trip’s Comics

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Teknovortex Club – Sound Pictures From Professor Bad Trip’s Comics is part one of a two-part sonic exploration of the work of influential underground Italian artist Gianluca Lerici (aka Professor Bad Trip) by Sicilian electro-acoustic composer U/nu (aka Rosario Di Rosa). Drawing on his experience in the Italian punk rock scene combined with his work as a graphic artist, Di Rosa’s immediately recognizable sound has found a perfect home paying tribute to the psychedelic, cyberpunk aesthetic of the creator of comics including “Psycho,” “Chiodo Spacciato” and “Dirk Dare, The Dark Surfer.” The intentionally rough and sometimes ironic sound of Teknovortex Club also cross-references mid-late 20th century cultural icons including William Burroughs, Philip K. Dick, Kraftwerk. John Cage and David Lynch.

Tracks:

  1. Non Addomesticato
  2. Tekno Cubicolo
  3. Nell’Ebbrezza Del Karma Katodico
  4. Island Of The Surfin’ Zombies
  5. Cyber Punk (Interlude Fx)
  6. Mondo Duplex
  7. Guarda Il Futuro, Scegli Il Rumore

All music composed by Rosario Di Rosa
U/nu: live electronics, tapes, semi-modular synth, mellotron
Recorded, mixed and mastered   by U/nu between September and November 2021 at the “Bunker”, Milan

Catalog Number
CR2208UN

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Randi Pontoppidan & Povl Kristian – Life In Life

Randi Pontoppidan & Povl Kristian - Life In Life

Randi Pontoppidan & Povl Kristian – Life In Life


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With minimal musical means – one piano, one voice and the occasional stardust-shimmer of tinkling bells or subtle electronic loops – Povl Kristian and Randi Pontoppidan summon up a universe of sound on Life in Life. The album is Pontoppidan’s sixth for Chant Records and Kristian’s first.

Kristian’s piano is beautifully documented with great sensitivity amidst a sepulchral-sounding reverb on melodies that contrast stark intensity with delicate lyricism. Legendary voice-as-instrument performer Pontoppidan has such an eclectic approach that, paired with her broad, multi-octave vocal range, she’s closer to a one-woman choir than a conventional soloist. Heard in duo on this continuously engaging suite of eight songs, the effect is rich and powerful, both entrancingly strange and oddly comforting.

Each song adds something special to the story, with a developing sense of alchemical and metamorphic change. Whistles transform into bird calls before turning into synthesized bleeps of pure sound. Pontoppidan can seem to echo the sounds of the natural world or the polyglot speech of an invented language as she explores the outer limits of what a human voice can do. Throughout, the sonic identities of Povl Kristian and Randi Pontoppidan remain resolutely themselves, as if each artist is traveling on parallel lines, meeting at key points to converge and then diverge again. It’s perhaps this sense of separation that makes for such a successful partnership, as neither identity is subsumed by the other. As a result, Life In Life really does develop a life of its own, takes wing and flies.

Povl Kristian has composed prolifically for film, theater and radio. His multi-award winning film career includes work on each of director Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Pusher’ trilogy. Randi Pontoppidan is one of the world’s leading vocal performer/improviser/composers. Nominated for Denmark’s Steppeulven award in 2020, her recording career spans three decades. Recent partnerships include working with Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices and Sissel Vera Pettersen.

Tracks:

  1. Opening
  2. Crossing The Rubicon
  3. Sukha 
  4. Juno and Eros
  5. Embrace 
  6. Awareness 
  7. Ocean Of Bliss
  8. Rise

Povl Kristian: Grand piano, Steinway D
Randi Pontoppidan: Voice, Live Electronic Processing, Bells, Pitch Pipe
Recorded at Millfactory Copenhagen
Mixed by Povl Kristian
Mastered by Jan Eliasson
Produced by Povl Kristian & Randi Pontoppidan
Engineers: Jean Riel & Mikkel Mors
Photos: Klaus Holsting
Cover: Sigrún Gudbrandsdóttir

All music © 2022 by Povl Kristian & Randi Pontoppidan. All rights reserved.
Supported by Koda Culture Funds and Danish Art Foundation

Catalog Number
CR2205RA

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Randi Pontoppidan & Thomas Buckner – Voicescapes
Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn – HEAD¨SPACE
Randi Pontoppidan – ROOMS
Event Horizon (Greg Cohen and Randi Pontoppidan) – Space Geode

Phase Duo – Generative Glimpse

Phase Duo Generative Glimpse

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Phase Duo is composed of violinist/composer Eloisa Manera and producer/DJ/engineer Stefano Greco. Manera comes originally from the classical world and has performed with musicians including Mario Brunello and Herbie Hancock. Greco is an electronic musician with the Milan-based hyper-eclectic band Sonata Islands Kommandoh, and performs solo under the name Fana. Formed in 2015, Phase Duo has performed extensively in Europe, and released their first album ‘S/T’ on Aut Records in 2019. Generative Glimpse finds the pair of musicians deepening their sound and continuing to blur the lines between analog and digital, ambient and rhythmic, and classical and electronic music.

Tracks:

  1. Electric Birds
  2. When we were here
  3. Aural
  4. Burning Sea
  5. Wakes
  6. Accidental Intelligence
  7. Bosco
  8. Ascent
  9. FRBs
  10. Substance
  11. Asmr

All tracks composed by Eloisa Manera and Stefano Greco

Eloisa Manera – violin, 5 strings electric synth violin, voice
Stefano Greco – electronics and monochord

Special Guests on the track “Burning Sea”: Gaia Mattiuzzi (alto and solo)
Camilla Barbarito (soprano)
Francesco Forges (male voices)

Written and produced by Phase Duo

Recorded and mixed by Stefano Greco at Blau Studio, Milano (March-December 2020)

Mastered at Blau Studio

Catalog Number
CR2204PH

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Rick Parker and Li Daiguo – meditation music for the artificially intelligent

Rick Parker and Li Daiguo - meditation music for the artificially intelligent

Rick Parker and Li Daiguo – meditation music for the artificially intelligent

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Called “A randomly collided pair of quantum radicals sitting at a similar alt-world-classical tilt” by Tiny Mix Tapes, the duo of Rick Parker and Li Daiguo present their second release and first for Chant Records, meditation music for the artificially intelligent. Based in Brooklyn and China (respectively), the pair of forward-thinking musicians alchemically incorporate the sounds of trombone, cello, pipa, human voice and a variety of electronic instruments into a cauldron of sound that expands the overused “world music” genre designation to “universe music,” or perhaps even “multiverse music.” Dense, expressive, and at once lusciously organic yet firmly at home in the digital realm, meditation music for the artificially intelligent truly lives up to its title with a uniquely 21st century journey into the sonic unknown.

Tracks:

  1. dilapidated spacecraft levitates away you gaze dust storm unsure what you asked for what you want
  2. A.I. is our progeny ze is going to know what kind of parents we are should we just
  3. when in throes of despair gods of random truth revelation more likely come aide
  4. all is brain super minimal
  5. then ze feels like part of the accepted by infinite (non-binarily) motherly source light
  6. God what if a crazy hairdo led to 
  7. then technological development ensured that no powerful person no matter how evil would ever have to die 
  8. interspecies intimacy on zoo space station 
  9. opium den floating through space

Li Daiguo – Pipa, Cello, Guzheng, Effects, Voice
Rick Parker – Trombone, Effects, Synthesizers

Track 1 recorded June, 2021 by Rick Parker in Brooklyn, NY, USA and Li Daiguo Dali, Yunnan, China.

Tracks 2-7 recorded December 5, 2016 at Grand Street Studio, Brooklyn, NY, USA. Engineered by Ken Rich.

Track 8 recorded October 30, 2014 at Degraw Sound, Brooklyn, NY USA. Engineered by Ben Rice. Overdubs by Rick Parker, 2021

Track 9 recorded July 13, 2014 at Fishman Studios, Caicun, Dali, Yunnan, China
Engineered by Yuefu.

Tracks 1-8 mixed by Ryan Mackstaller at Red Panda Recording, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

Track 9 mixed by Joe Branciforte at Greyfade Studio, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

Mastering by Ryan Mackstaller at Red Panda Recording, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

Cover Image by Li Shurui
Cover Design by Rick Parker and Roxanne Wang

Catalog Number
CR2203RI

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Jason Wayne Sneed and Toshinori Kondo – Guardians Of The Most Cosmic Shrine

Jason Wayne Sneed and Toshinori Kondo - Guardians Of The Most Cosmic Shrine

Jason Wayne Sneed and Toshinori Kondo – Guardians Of The Most Cosmic Shrine


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Guardians Of The Most Cosmic Shrine is a collaboration between bassist/producer Jason Wayne Sneed and trumpeter/composer Toshinori Kondo. Friends for many years via correspondence between their respective home bases in the US and Japan, Sneed and Kondo worked remotely to record the album after meeting for a performance in Chicago in December 2019. Sneed produced the original tracks with Kondo’s specific sound and personality in mind, and Kondo recorded his parts at his studio in Japan. Several days after beginning work on the album, Sneed received news that Kondo had passed away on October 17, 2020. “It took me a minute to grasp how heavy of a responsibility this is. This album truly has his spirit in it. While working on it, I felt him with me in the room and felt his energy surrounding me,” says Sneed. Guardians Of The Most Cosmic Shrine has a deeply transcendental and meditative quality, while incorporating influences from jazz, dub, electronic music and more. It is a fitting final statement from an artist remembered by critic Nate Chinen on NPR as “a sonic chameleon… whose daring instinct and deep expressive resources slashed through a spectrum of experimental and ambient music… a creative force until the very end.”

Tracks:

  1. Guardians Of The Most Cosmic Shrine
  2. Interstellar
  3. The Different Dimension
  4. Portal 
  5. Teleportation Device
  6. Hyperspace Void Disruptor

All songs performed by Jason Wayne Sneed, and Toshinori Kondo
Bass and Electronics: Jason Wayne Sneed
Trumpet, Electronics, Voice: Toshinori Kondo
Produced by: Jason Wayne Sneed
Mastered by: Matt Dewine at Pieholden Studio

Jason Wayne Sneed parts were recorded at, Rabbit Hole Studio, Chicago.
Toshinori Kondo parts were recorded at, Kondo Sound Body Lab, Japan.

Catalog Number
CR2202JA

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John Di Pasquale – Move The Uncovered Boxes Away

John Di Pasquale – Move The Uncovered Boxes Away

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Move The Uncovered Boxes Away is the debut album from John Di Pasquale. The name of a trio rather than a single person, John Di Pasquale was formed as a laboratory for the research and experiments of London-based guitarist Filippo Ferazzoli (ŪROK, Adam Beattie) and features Jools Kelly on bass and Luciano Cocco on drums. Move The Uncovered Boxes Away is a post-rock journey through a kaleidoscope of intricate structures, tight grooves, rich textures, odd rhythms and manipulated tapes.

Tracks:

  1. Smells Like Pine Trees 
  2. Over The Highline
  3. Meaningless#1
  4. In A While
  5. Circle
  6. Manor Road
  7. Umpteenth

Filippo Ferazzoli – Guitars and Tapes
Jools Kelly – Bass
Luciano Cocco –   Drums

All songs composed and produced by Filippo Ferazzoli
Recorded at Noatune Studios (London) and The White Lodge Studio (Rome) between February 2020 and March 2021
Recorded and Mixed by Matteo Dell’Unto
Mastered by Nick Watson at Fluid Mastering Studios (London)
Cover Art by IAIA

Catalog Number
CR2201JO

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Strength In Numbers, Vol. 5

Strength in Numbers, Vol. 5

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Founded in 2017 by Jon Madof and Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Chant Records releases adventurous music across the spectrum from an international community of artists. Incredibly prolific with over 70 releases to date, Chant presents Strength in Numbers, Vol. 5, a compilation featuring one song from each release of 2021.

Tracks

  1. Bryan Murray and Jon Lundbom – Battalions
  2. Guido Spannocchi, Martin Siewert, Gina Schwarz, Matheus Jardin – Scherzo
  3. Shay Hazan Quintet – Beber’s Cha Cha
  4. The Klezmatics – Nign Forgács (Instrumental)
  5. Zion80 – Wandering Stone – Jon Madof RMX
  6. Adaya Godlevsky and Haggai Fershtman – Martian Spa
  7. Randi Pontoppidan/Sissel Vera Pettersen – Come
  8. Axel Dörner, Marthe Lea, Birgitte Lyregaard – Three Rivers, One Flood
  9. eXpanseplane – Sweet Spirit Near My Prayer
  10. Alfred Kpebesaane and Brittany Anjou – The Women Are Taking Over The Men
  11. Olson St. Clair – 54127
  12. Randi Pontoppidan and Thomas Buckner – Hide
  13. Robert Dick and Daniel Blake – Red Corner

Catalog Number CR2112CH

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Strength in Numbers, Vol. 4
Strength in Numbers, Vol. 3
Strength in Numbers, Vol. 2
Strength in Numbers, Vol. 1 – free with mailing list signup

Bryan Murray & Jon Lundbom – Beats by Balto! Vol. 2

Bryan Murray & Jon Lundbom – Beats by Balto! Vol. 2

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Jon Lundbom (Big Five Chord) and Bryan Murray, a.k.a. Balto Exclamationpoint (Bryan and the Haggards) are back for their second Chant Records release. Joined by an all-star roster of accomplices, Lundbom and Murray blend hip-hop-style beat construction with avant-jazz and much more in a collage of sounds from various corners of the musical universe. Beats by Balto! Vol. 2 features performances from Jon Irabagon, Moppa Elliott, Nick Millevoi, and many more. A funky, wild, adventurous collection of music with virtuosic improvisation and revelrous glee, Beats by Balto! Vol. 2 is sure to please adventurous music lovers throughout Planet Earth and beyond. All artists’ proceeds to benefit the Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Tracks:

  1. Battalions
  2. Beat Like This
  3. Big P. (Interlude)
  4. Tears and Fists
  5. Ex Machina
  6. Cap’n Crunch (Interlude)
  7. Truck Gun
  8. Enter!
  9. Weak Sauce (Interlude)
  10. Hot Shit

MUSICIANS
Bryan Murray – soprano, alto, c-melody, and tenor saxophones
Jon Irabagon – sopranino, soprano, mezzo-soprano, balto!, and tenor
saxophones; alto clarinet
Jon Lundbom – guitar
Matt Kanelos – keyboard
Moppa Elliott – bass
Nick Millevoi – guitar
Richard Mikel – bass
Sam Kulik – trombone
Beats by Balto Exclamationpoint

COMPOSERS
Battalions – Jon Lundbom
Beat Like This – Jon Lundbom
Big P. – Bryan Murray
Ex Machina – Jon Lundbom
Tears and Fists – Jon Lundbom
Cap’n Crunch – Bryan Murray
Truck Gun – Jon Lundbom
Enter! – Jon Lundbom
Weak Sauce – Bryan Murray
Hot Shit – Jon Lundbom

All songs composed to beats constructed by Balto! Exclamationpoint
Recorded across the country, assembled in quarantine at Balto! World Headquarters
Mastered by Louie Lino at Resonate Music
Produced by Bryan Murray and Jon Lundbom

Catalog Number
CR2111JO

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