Feat. Danielle Dahl. Recorded at Absorbent Templet. Side B Feat. Benjamin
Lesak. Recorded at Gl. Harlev Salmecykel Opbevaring.
by Niklas Adam.
A3 is an improvised piece for baritone- and alto saxophone, that
explores minimal gestures, on a background of near silence.
&B is a drone piece for two players, playing an antique harmonium,
creating an atmosphere between calm and intense
depending on playback volume.
Original release 2010. Reissue 2016. BIN [BIN 00-28] | Ltd. Edition
of 80 copies. |
small run releases A3&B is the debut LP release by Niklas Adam. Recorded
and mixed in the summer and fall of
2009 in East Jutland. A3&B represents a change in Adam’s early practice
with electronic music, which during 2008 was intervened
by a focus on near-static and reductionistic acoustic music. In addition
to exploring the two sided format of the vinyl,
A3&B investigates emptiness, perception
of time and focus fatigue as primary compositional elements. Favoring
the progress of occurrences and textural over tonal
development A3&B is equal active environment and static object.
Niklas Adam works with performance- and installation art in addition
to music. Runs the shared studio space ILS FYKSI, producing
music for himself and others. Adam has been active in the improvised
music scene for several years, touring and working in Europe,
Russia and the US. He has collaborated with Mattin, Toshimaru Nakamura,
Jim Denley and Anders Vestergaard among others,
and is a part of the Norwegian artist group Verdensteatret, in which
he works with sound, programming and electronics.
Adam also forms part of the trio Tigers Mind.
excerpt: ... 'near-static and reductionist acoustic music', which
surely it is on the first side, which is called 'A3'. One has to crank
up the volume quite a bit and hiss and crackles are necessary components
of the music. Lots of room sound from where they made the recording
and very little in terms of saxophones. Just the odd tone here and there.
A most curious record, and perhaps the first side is not the easiest
music to hear, but it sounds all highly captivating.
Frans De Waard, Vital Weekly.
Full review here