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1-2 Weeks
ARTIST
TITLE
Nuclear Jazz (Templates/Midnight Sound)
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
NON 021CD NON 021CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/3/2007

Flanger is Uwe Schmidt (Atom TM, Señor Coconut) and Burnt Friedman's electro-jazz project. Nuclear Jazz is a two-in-one, edited and freshly mastered reissue of Flanger's future jazz classics, Templates (1999) and Midnight Sound (2000). Nonplace offers a 79-minute (carefully edited down from around 100 minutes of original music) assembly of probably the most elaborate and witty electronic collaboration to date. Ten years ago, in December 1997, Atom TM and Burnt Friedman teamed up in Santiago to compose their first record, Templates. Equipped with a few electronic production devices: sampler, sequencer and keyboard, the duo managed to produce the ultimate organic, non-repetitive soundscape that blurred the borders between real, fake and hyper-real. Songs may start with an accumulation of shortest possible noise fragments derived from self-made instrumental samples -- programmed with the deliberate avoidance of repetition -- developing into the acoustic sound of a real jazz trio playing live. Templates was a simulation of small group jazz. Only one year later the duo decided to continue with their programmed jazz improvisations and connected their "brain-to-midi interfaces" in sunny Santiago again a year later. With Midnight Sound they added Latin flavors wherever they could and expanded their palette, not only with their wealth of ideas but also with their ability to "humanize" the sound of the samples, coupled with the funkiness of their music. With electrically defamiliarized instrument set-ups, Midnight Sound ignores all the stylistic pigeonholes that critics love squeezing musicians into. There seems to be nothing Flanger is reluctant to touch upon. Bolstered by a rare bonus track, it's time to refamiliarize yourself with these two electro-space-jazz classics.