Ni maitre, Ni marteau

A 2 track free improvisation album (38m 24s) — released February 14th 2011 on Editions Mego
A key ingredient in disappearing ink, THYMOLPHTHALEIN describes the working method of this brilliant French-Australian quintet. Leader Anthony Pateras conceived a detailed hour long structural premise for the group's first tour in 2009, creating a masterful pastiche of richly dynamic, timbrally devastating explorations for electroacoustic ensemble, melded by his own distinctive prepared piano and analogue electronics. Natasha Anderson combines buzzing slabs of electro-acoustic sound with fractured acoustic gestures, sculpting exquisite perceptual explorations with recorders and electronics, producing a poetic and uncanny otherness. Will Guthrie expertly fuses the drumkit with an array of homemade electro-acoustic devices to produce a fluid cataclysm of sonic richness, melded by his searing technical prowess and faultless ear. Jerome Noetinger is THE live concrete maestro, electro-acoustically manipulating his bandmates with expert timing and breathtaking invention, scrambling proceedings with the occasional ring-modulated depth charge. Clayton Thomas' thoughtful and virtuosic prepared double bass playing has taken Europe by storm since moving there from Sydney in 2007 - part groove cannon, part kinetic sculpture, all parts BAD bass skills. Natasha Anderson: contrabass recorder and electronics Will Guthrie: percussion and electronics Jerome Noetinger: tape machines and electronics Clayton Thomas: double bass and preparations Anthony Pateras: prepared piano and analogue synthesizer All music by Thymolphthalein, performed live at SWR2 New Jazz Meeting, Gare du Nord, Basel, 15th November, 2009 Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, December 3rd, 2010. 45 rpm Design by Shehab at Implant, Melboutne Edition of 500
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