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TITLE
Apsomeophone
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
LEXDEV 017CD LEXDEV 017CD
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RELEASE DATE
8/19/2008

Originally released by Lexicon Devil in 2005. Candlesnuffer aka David Brown is one of the lynchpins of Australian experimental music, a man whose discography and involvement in the local avant/jazz/rock circuit stretches back to the late '70s and the famed "little bands" scene which spawned such notables as the Primitive Calculators, Essendon Airport and Tch Tch Tch. In the past ten years we've seen a bevy of releases featuring Brown in various guises: there's the Bucketrider CDs on Dr. Jim's, his project with Sean Baxter; his duo with Japanese guitarist KK Null, Terminal Hz, and on and on. Apsomeophone is Candlesnuffer's second CD release, and the title is taken from the name of one of French musique concrète pioneer Pierre Henry's studios -- Apsome -- and it's fitting, as Apsomeophone is, in a sense, a tribute to the groundbreaking works of the great concrete musicians of yore -- a series of irreverent odes to contemporary classical composers. However, Apsomeophone brings together the worlds of "composition" and rock, a meeting point of low- and high-art, a collision of the electric and the acoustic (and the occasional electro-acoustic). In it ye shall find moments of Derek Bailey-esque guitar destruction, looped guitar twangs, repetitive, percussive chimes, drones, Japanese film samples, doom-laden power chords and out-of-nowhere noises leaping and disappearing in a moment's notice -- all cut and spliced with a masterly precision. If this was released in '68 with a Wergo label stamped on its LP sleeve, you'd probably skip a few meals to grab it. It's spiced up with some handsome, minimalist artwork with liner notes by Anthony Pateras.