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XT // Palina'tufa 2xLP

XT // Palina'tufa 2xLP

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We have started handling the works of the label Empty Editions operated by the Hong Kong gallery Empty Gallery.

This work is a saxophonistCo-written by Seymour Wright and percussionist Paul Abbott.Includes 4 sets of Gachin Coin Pro.It is carefully printed at a letterpress printing shop in Germany, and the inserts are also beautiful.

Labels and other works here /// Click here to see more Empty Editions releases available at Tobira.

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"Empty Editions presents Palina'tufa, the newest work from saxophonist Seymour Wright and percussionist Paul Abbott's long-running duo XT. Wright and Abbot's each practices have been marked by a simultaneous engagement (with) and desire to challenge the limitations (of) the British tradition of improvised music --represented by groups such as AMM and John Stevens' Spontaneous Music Ensemble. This album charts a new trajectory for Wright and Abbott, as they draw on recent live collaborations with RP Boo and Container in developing a sound which hybridizes the spontaneous interplay and timbral experimentation of free improvisation with the recursive formal structures of dance music.

The album's title is an enigmatic portmanteau of “Palina” (taken from the name of a species of butterfly sighted by the duo during recording) combined with the word “Tufa” --a type of rock composed of ash ejected from a vent during a volcanic eruption; the bedrock of the island of Hong Kong. Compellingly, the green sheen of the Palinurus butterfly is not produced by pigments, but emanates from the microstructure of it's wing scales. Similarly, XT's Palina'tufa contains a brilliant internal logic of stacked component parts all amalgamated into a singularly iridescent instrumental structure.

Recorded during a two week studio residency in Hong Kong, Palina'tufa departs from XT's previous albums --primarily documentations of live performances --in its embrace of the recording studio as a form of instrumentation: a tool to sculpt, overdub and (re) assemble The result is a striking cybernetic version of the classic sax-and-drums duo pioneered by legendary groupings such as John Coltrane and Rashied Ali, Evan Parker & Paul Lytton, and Jimmy Lyons & Andrew Cyrille. Palina'tufa turns the implied (and frankly, somewhat tired) tropes of this form on its head, pushing restlessly forward into the domain of a synthetic post-genre music. Wright's unconventional use of feedback and Abbott's heavily deconstructed electro-dance textures expand upon this simulated space, unfurling their instrumentation into an authentically liberated territory.

Across four dynamic fifteen minute cuts, the duo craft an esoteric response to the real (and imagined) landscape (s) of Hong Kong. Interpreting their experience of the island as a kind of extended metaphor, Palina'tufa translates chance encounters, pockets of cultural history, vernacular architecture, and local wildlife (among other phenomena) into organizing principles for the creation of speculative music. Palina'tufa is a brilliant showcase of Wright and Abbott's composite sound: naturally synergistic, with careful attention paid to how psychogeographical experience is transposed into the deeply considered interplay of their respective instruments. A stunning listen, the album's various movements respond to scenes in proximity to the Tin Wan (Aberdeen) area: the past / future poise of Permanent Cemetery; the human densities of Duck Tongue Island; the black garlic / gypsum of Empty Gallery itself.

Palina'tufa expands on this emerging style of electronically mediated improvised music by further compartmentalizing their playing through a series of concepts, limits, and methods to organize their materials into distinct classifications. This approach creates an album architecture, a time / space organized into “ Stacks ”(recalling vertical cylinders, tubes, pipes, columns),“ Orbits ”(recalling Chinese folk music, weather systems, paths traveling upward), and“ Angles of Incidence, ”(a concept inspired by Pere Portabella and Cecil Taylor) that Loosely, these structures spatially reorganize the “time” in their playing, reversing, eliding, truncating, and magnifying content. This technique recalls everything from Anthony Braxton's diagrammatic lines, colors, and figures that encode structural and vibrational elements of sound, through the pentatonic scale of Chinese folk music that was integrated into a symbolic matrix refe rencing the movements of the seasons, planets, and body-politic, to Alejo Carpentier's search for a musical origin in fiction ...
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Empty Editions

Artist: Seymour Wright and Paul Abbott

Label: Empty Editions

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We have started handling the works of the label Empty Editions operated by the Hong Kong gallery Empty Gallery.

This work is a saxophonistCo-written by Seymour Wright and percussionist Paul Abbott.Includes 4 sets of Gachin Coin Pro.It is carefully printed at a letterpress printing shop in Germany, and the inserts are also beautiful.

Labels and other works here /// Click here to see more Empty Editions releases available at Tobira.

-----------------------------

"Empty Editions presents Palina'tufa, the newest work from saxophonist Seymour Wright and percussionist Paul Abbott's long-running duo XT. Wright and Abbot's each practices have been marked by a simultaneous engagement (with) and desire to challenge the limitations (of) the British tradition of improvised music --represented by groups such as AMM and John Stevens' Spontaneous Music Ensemble. This album charts a new trajectory for Wright and Abbott, as they draw on recent live collaborations with RP Boo and Container in developing a sound which hybridizes the spontaneous interplay and timbral experimentation of free improvisation with the recursive formal structures of dance music.

The album's title is an enigmatic portmanteau of “Palina” (taken from the name of a species of butterfly sighted by the duo during recording) combined with the word “Tufa” --a type of rock composed of ash ejected from a vent during a volcanic eruption; the bedrock of the island of Hong Kong. Compellingly, the green sheen of the Palinurus butterfly is not produced by pigments, but emanates from the microstructure of it's wing scales. Similarly, XT's Palina'tufa contains a brilliant internal logic of stacked component parts all amalgamated into a singularly iridescent instrumental structure.

Recorded during a two week studio residency in Hong Kong, Palina'tufa departs from XT's previous albums --primarily documentations of live performances --in its embrace of the recording studio as a form of instrumentation: a tool to sculpt, overdub and (re) assemble The result is a striking cybernetic version of the classic sax-and-drums duo pioneered by legendary groupings such as John Coltrane and Rashied Ali, Evan Parker & Paul Lytton, and Jimmy Lyons & Andrew Cyrille. Palina'tufa turns the implied (and frankly, somewhat tired) tropes of this form on its head, pushing restlessly forward into the domain of a synthetic post-genre music. Wright's unconventional use of feedback and Abbott's heavily deconstructed electro-dance textures expand upon this simulated space, unfurling their instrumentation into an authentically liberated territory.

Across four dynamic fifteen minute cuts, the duo craft an esoteric response to the real (and imagined) landscape (s) of Hong Kong. Interpreting their experience of the island as a kind of extended metaphor, Palina'tufa translates chance encounters, pockets of cultural history, vernacular architecture, and local wildlife (among other phenomena) into organizing principles for the creation of speculative music. Palina'tufa is a brilliant showcase of Wright and Abbott's composite sound: naturally synergistic, with careful attention paid to how psychogeographical experience is transposed into the deeply considered interplay of their respective instruments. A stunning listen, the album's various movements respond to scenes in proximity to the Tin Wan (Aberdeen) area: the past / future poise of Permanent Cemetery; the human densities of Duck Tongue Island; the black garlic / gypsum of Empty Gallery itself.

Palina'tufa expands on this emerging style of electronically mediated improvised music by further compartmentalizing their playing through a series of concepts, limits, and methods to organize their materials into distinct classifications. This approach creates an album architecture, a time / space organized into “ Stacks ”(recalling vertical cylinders, tubes, pipes, columns),“ Orbits ”(recalling Chinese folk music, weather systems, paths traveling upward), and“ Angles of Incidence, ”(a concept inspired by Pere Portabella and Cecil Taylor) that Loosely, these structures spatially reorganize the “time” in their playing, reversing, eliding, truncating, and magnifying content. This technique recalls everything from Anthony Braxton's diagrammatic lines, colors, and figures that encode structural and vibrational elements of sound, through the pentatonic scale of Chinese folk music that was integrated into a symbolic matrix refe rencing the movements of the seasons, planets, and body-politic, to Alejo Carpentier's search for a musical origin in fiction ...
"
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Empty Editions

Artist: Seymour Wright and Paul Abbott

Label: Empty Editions