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live at lab​.​30

by AIDAN BAKER

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live 05.11.10
lab.30, Augsburg

www.aidanbaker.org

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former available as CD-R / SOLD OUT !

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released May 27, 2013

Canadian Aidan Baker is one of those guitarists who, like Fennesz, have been redefining the electric guitar as an electronic instrument in the last 15 years by extending it with all sorts of digital equipment. This beautifully minimalist 20-minute piece is an in-a-nutshell introduction to his vast body of work.

Baker starts with a reduced guitar figure, loops it and then keeps layering other loops on top of it, all in a live improvisation. This sounds deceptively simple, because the process tends to quickly become very complex, with the player reacting to an ever-changing sonic evolution which he set in motion, but which he does not totally control. However, the music never becomes noisy or messy but instead keeps growing denser and more intense. Perhaps this is what John Cage had in mind when he defined experimental music as music that imitates nature in its mode of operation? The way Aidan Baker’s music creates a complex organism out of a simple core seems to closely resemble the process of cell division.

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Einer, der AIDAN BAKER Live at lab.30 (ACLAB 1004, CD-R) 2010 gut zugehört hat, vergleicht dessen Manier, Gitarrendrones zu vermehren und zu schichten, mit Zellteilungsprozessen. Nur ein Ton und ein zweiter zuerst, dunkel - hell. Harmonisch setzen sie sich in Bewegung, bilden Akkorde und schwellen dabei an. Die Gitarre ist nur Werkzeug, sonoren Noten werden schillernde Rotationen beigemengt. Eher Kontrast als Widerspruch. Die Akkorde steigern sich melodisch und ähneln immer mehr Synthiesounds. Die eine Spur schreitend, die andere sausend, rollend. Beide stagnieren plötzlich, treten auf der Stelle, pulsierend, pochend. Und lösen sich doch auch wieder in wiederholten Akkorden, einer weiteren Spur, eine ganz gitarristische diesmal, mit meditativem Duktus. Längst gibt es weitere Spuren, wie aus dem Nichts organisch entfaltet. Wachsende Gitarrenharmonik, die nach 15 Min. den Höhepunkt überschreitet und ein zweites Mal stagniert. Aber nur, um Schwung zu holen für Loops, die wallend und kreisend crescendieren. In heulenden und rauschenden Wellen. Sehr ökonomisch, sehr gekonnt, typisch Baker.

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