Tesseract was pieced together from live recordings made over a weekend session at Ausland in Berlin during 2008 by a group of artists that enjoy operating around prepared external disciplines. Commonly, the line-up interpret abstract visual scores with a diverse spectrum of sound generating devices of both acoustic, analogue and digital origins. Their experiments weaved together a carefully interconnected stream of signals, processes and manipulations to create densely shimmering electro-acoustic textures.
They specialize in coarsely textured blankets of sound that take in crystalline cymbal-showers, bell-like resonances and electronic impulses punctuated by tactile percussion patterns. Ian was first introduced to their work through mutual friends Craig (Moteer) and Yasuhiko (Flau), whom they have previously worked with on Flau and Our Small Ideas.
Jan Thoben (Drums / Percussion)
Jan is a Berlin based musician whose projects include Taunus (Ahornfelder), Gaston (Beau Rivage) and Kinn (Audio Dregs). He also works together with composer and sound artist Boris Hegenbart, combining electronically prepared drums with digital audio processing. Jan is currently working on his PhD thesis in musicology and is doing research on audiovisual media art.
Simon Harris (Electronics)
Simon is a fairweather Berlin-based sound artist. His installation works utilise fragile audio feedback systems to reveal the acoustic properties of spaces. For live performances he uses live sampling extensively, alongside various self-built software systems, and he has a soft spot for sine tones.
Masayoshi Fujita (Vibraphone)
Originally from Tokyo, Masayoshi is a vibraphone player and has released solo work as El Fog on Moteer and Flau and collaborates with Jan Jelinek. Masayoshi seeks to develop his own sound from the vibraphone, and explores new possibilities with it. He regularly tours internationally.
Kassian Troyer (Guitar)
Having studied as a Tonmeister in Vienna, Kassian relocated to Berlin where he works as a mastering and live engineer, as well as producing solo material for Dial. He has worked with artists such as Radian, Pan American, Fennesz and Jan Jelinek.
Derek Shirley (Double Bass)
Born 1975 in Ottawa, Ontario and now lives in Berlin. He is active in the fields of improvised music and noise. He is a member of, among others, Monno, Coal Oven, Michael Thieke’s Unununium and the Vladislav Delay Quartet. He has record releases on Charhizma, Japan-Improv, and Schraum.
released July 31, 2012
All music by Masayoshi Fujita, Simon Harris, Derek Shirley, Jan Thoben, Kassian Troyer
Mastered by Kassian Troyer
Design by Jan Thoben
Cover image taken from the 1912 reprint of “The Fourth Dimension” by Charles Howard Hinton
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