Beats

by John Krausbauer

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The work of LA based music-maker John Krausbauer has so much to do with minimalism as with trance music as with sound art experimentation and "performance based" sound forms. And where, as he himself states, the "Trance-Psychedelia is the aim and goal".
Firmly rooted in the 60s/70s Minimalist movement of LaMonte Young and The Theater of Eternal Music, as well as the trajectory out of that...(with the likes of Conrad, Flynt, Wada, Palestine, Chatham; Oliveros, Radigue etc etc), "beats" also touch the fields of experimental (or/and, as he said, "experiential") music and doing this strongly recalls the pioneering work of a master of the Italian scene like Pietro Grossi (not by chance the "beats" exactly correspond to Grossi's "Battimenti").
This is music that knowingly follows the most radical "avantgarde" traditions, reworking those experiences thru the lenses of decades of art/punk aesthetic sensibility married with the most important issues of conceptualism.
"beats" is a composition-improvisation for three accordions. Multiple pattern-variations in a closely tuned VHF range produce a dynamic field of beating patterns, difference tones, acoustic phenomena, and inner ear/auditory hallucination.
For those interested in Minimalism and Fluxus, Conceptualism and Sound Art, this will be a really great sonorous trip! Come and listen!!

In recent years Krausbauer's focus has been on solo work, involving ritual endurance happenings (live) with voice and violin, accompanied by synth and strobes and on his compositions, mainly concerned with systems-based phasing constructions. He's also member of the Ecstatic Music Band, a collective exploring just tunings with amplified strings at high volumes and long durations, with stroboscopic lighting; The Essentialists, a country-blues-boogie-raga guitar/violin duo; and most recently of the "Minimalist psych-punk" group, Night Collectors.

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released May 26, 2018

Composed by John Krausbauer

Players (Accordions):
John Krausbauer
Aaron Oppenheim
Kate Short

Recorded by Aaron Oppenheim at Ex'pression College 07/2015
Art by Aaron Marciniak

Graphic design and executive production by Giovanni Antognozzi

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ANTS (that stands for "A New Timeless Sound", but can also be related to the infatigable little insects) is an experimental label based in Rome, Italy, operating from 2001. We promote Italian and international independent artists representing the fields of minimalism, sound art, electroacoustics, and more. ... more

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