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Two masters generating pure sound and rhythm from their bull fiddles. Each side of three songs builds steadily to an intense, shared intimacy.
All compositions by Peter Kowald and Barre Phillips/FMP-Publishing.
released December 19, 1979
"The secret of the Kowald-Phillips duo lies in the element of rhythm – so central to the personality of the instrument – which propels this duo over two sides of FMP 0680 without a moment of tedium." -- CODA Magazine
"...an outstanding series of duets with bassist Barre Phillips. From the opening sounds, including Phillips intoning verbally “the human random generator”, to the closing descending line backed by a drone-like figure on the last piece, one is treated to a virtual symphony of sounds and textures from hammering-on-techniques to squealing arco lines that almost sound like a sax (check the title cut “Two Fingers”) to pulsing pizzicato lines to the percussive use of the body of the bass to low grumbling roars to high harmonics picked or bowed." -- Cadence
"For anyone who goes for the richness of string playing, the record has a lot to offer. Kowald and Barre Phillips go a long way to extending and strengthening the instrument’s own personal vocabulary." -- Melody Maker
Peter Kowald: double bass
Barre Phillips: double bass, voice
Recorded live by Jost Gebers on March 1st & 2nd, 1979, during the Workshop Freie Musik at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Jost Gebers.
Cover design by Peter Kowald.
Photographs by Dagmar Gebers and R. Nusimovici.
supported by 17 fans who also own “Die Jungen: Random Generators”
Total mastery of patience, time, and drama create a constantly engaging journey that never gets tiresome or same-y: in fact the harder you listen the better it gets! Somehow Sorey et al. find a way to combine the deep listening and spontaneous interaction of the best jazz with the sense of every tone and sound being worth a universe of listening, which could be equally from Cage and Feldman or the accompaniment to an ancient ritual.
The recording/engineering is absolutely perfect as well. Giles