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Tone 25

[Touch, www.touchmusic.co.uk]

Undoubtedly what Jon Wozencroft started 25 years ago, with the release of cassette magazine "Feature Mist" has had an immense impact on the way quiet, minimal music is heard. Through crucial output from artists such as Pan Sonic, Philip Jeck, Ryoji Ikeda, Fennesz, Biosphere, Rafael Toral, Oren Ambarchi, Chris Watson and numerous others, Touch has grown as a label and has lead the way in terms of new, often uncategorizable sounds. As with many labels [Last Visible Dog, ECM, Mego] it has created its own unique niche of music. People in search of a particular, low-impact, hushed music know exactly where to turn. To celebrate its quarter century mark, Touch released "Tone 25", a compilation brimming with previously unreleased tracks from its regular line-up. Along with Oren Ambarchi's intensely still "Moving Violations", we get gems like Chris Watson's field recording "Oujela Mine", Ryoji Ikeda's glowing hearth "Untitled # 25" and Mark Van Hoen's organic and orchestral piece "Put My Trust In You". Some of the other stand-out pieces include Rafael Toral's "Glove Touch", which was performed on glove-controlled sinewaves and Jacob Kirkegaard's "Heavy Water [Barseback]", which was recorded at the site of a closed-down Swedish nuclear plant. One thing I don't feel works in this compilation is a certain amount of disconnect. When I was first listening to the CD late one night in bed, I couldn't settle into any particular mood. In fact, there are pieces thrown in here that actually disturb the system. The disturbance starts around Mother Tongue's [Z'EV's old project] organic percussion piece and continues on until Pan Sonic's "Slovakian Rauta", which is a mish-mash of various, distraught electronic slabs. This middle section breaks the flow of the sounds. It almost acts like a wake-up call to those who doze off when listening to this stuff. Worth the price of admission alone is a thick booklet filled with Jon Wozencroft's detailed and immensely beautiful photographs. "Tone 25" is a yummy birthday cake, with 25 unique candles on the top, waiting for you to blow them off.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ The Beauty Room - The Beauty Room
+ Louie Austen - Iguana
+ Split EP 3
+ Brak - Brak
+ Cassius - 15 Again
+ Conjoint - A Few Empty Chairs
+ Contemporary Household - She Said
+ Contriva - Separate Chambers
+ Housemeister - Enlarge Your Dose
+ Michael Mayer - Immer 2
+ Isolee - Hermelin/Ermine
+ Hanno Leichtmann - Nuit Du Plomb
+ The Mars Volta - Amputechture
+ Milosh - Meme
+ Morgentau - Sunrise
+ My My - Songs For The Gentle
+ 4 Women No Cry - Vol. 2
+ Older - Inside Of The Tears
+ Phage & Daniel Dreier - Beeswax
+ The Rapture - Pieces Of The People We Love
+ Reynold - My Favorite Film
+ DJ Shadow - The Outsider
+ Fat Jon & Styrofoam - The Same Channel
+ Transmission - Beyond Light
+ Transit Kings - Living In A Giant Candle Winking At God
+ Gregor Tresher - Neon - Works In The Mix
+ Unknownmix - The Siren
+ Marshall Watson - Math And Other Word Problems
+ Paul Wirkus - Deformation Profesionnelle
+ ZokZok - Sieben
+ Jesu - Silver
+ Sao Paulo Underground - Sauna: Um, Dois, Tres
+ Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid - The Exchange Session vol. 1
+ Hervé Boghossian w/ John Tilbury & Mark Wastell - Archi.Texture Vol.1
+ Wade Matthews/Ingar Zach - Mørke - Lys
+ Keith Rowe/Mark Wastell - Confront Performance Series 02
+ Eugene Carchesio & Leighton Craig - Leaves
+ Diane Cluck - Monarcana
+ Z'EV - Rhythmajik
+ Hati - Recycled Magick Soundsystem: Live
+ Aidan Baker - The Sea Swells a Bit
+ Troum/Martyn Bates - To a Child Dancing in the Winds
+ Le Forbici di Manitu - Tagliare
+ August Born - August Born
+ V.A. - Not Alone

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+ DEREK BAILEY - To Play
+ Frédéric Blondy / Le Quan Ninh - Exaltatio Utriesque Mundi
+ GRIZZLY BEAR - Yellow House
+ DANIEL LEVIN QUARTET - Some Trees
+ RASHIM - Suns.Shadows
+ RAFAEL TORAL - Space
+ PAUL FLAHERTY - Whirl of Nothingness
+ THE DAVID S. WARE QUARTET - BalladWare
+ BOB MEYER - All This is That
+ MINIMUM CHIPS - Lady Grey
+ ANDREY KIRITCHENKO - Stuffed With/Out
+ SUSANNA AND THE MAGICAL ORCHESTRA - Melody Mountain
+ SMUTNY - Telehors
+ MYLES BOISEN & JON RASKIN - Music + One
>> V.A. - Tone 25
+ KK NULL / DANIEL MENCHE - Raijin
+ MIRROR - Still Valley
+ ZOMBIE - Digitalis
+ CECIL TAYLOR UNIT - The Eighth
+ LOUIE AUSTEN - Iguana
+ V.A. - Brazilian Beat Brooklyn

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Lubimy eksperymentować - rozmowa z Digital Factor - Mike Langer'em
+ I am oldschool! - rozmowa z Housemeister'em
+ In my blood - wywiad z Michael'em Mayer'em