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” ‘Automatic Music: Volume II’ is the mesmerising follow-up to John Chantler’s self-released first volume, originally released in 2011, the same year as his ‘The Luminous Ground’ LP was charted in The Wire’s annual top 50. Two extended pieces for synthesiser/organ yield contrasting results on each side. First, ‘For Nuno’ is the more melodic of the two, with melting, kinetic modular scree and wheezing organ motifs seemingly attempting to untangle a conundrum which only gets more perplexing across its 20 minute lifespan. Secondly, the lustrous drones of ‘No Poetry’ unfold with the concentrated, hypnotic subtlety of a Phill Niblock or Eleh piece, all glassy, resonant harmonic overtones and warm sweeping bass oscillations that have us hooked for the 20 minute duration.”
Two pieces recorded in 2013 in London. Artwork by grohs.
Edition of 150.
Originally from Australia but now a long-time London resident after a stint in Japan, Chantler works with electronic musical instruments, organ and percussion and has collaborated with Lawrence English, Tujiko Noriko, Tenniscoats, Maher Shalal Hash Baz and others. He also convenes the Organ Octet – a large ensemble where everyone plays a similar type of reed/chord organ. This cassette is the second volume in his ‘Automatic Music’ series and presents two pieces of electronic music recorded in 2013. The first volume in the series – for synthesiser/organ – was self-released as a limited edition LP in 2012.
Chantler’s last full length LP ‘The Luminous Ground’ was released in 2011 and included in The Wire magazine’s top 50 releases of that year.