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Raga Ooty / The Nilgiri Plateau

by Oren Ambarchi

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Raga Ooty 16:29


Released on Bo' Weavil Recordings in 2012 as a limited LP.

Original press release:
'Raga Ooty' unearths three previously unreleased works (each titled with reference to the area in south India where his mother was born) from Oren Ambarchi’s archive, showcasing the rawer side of his solo work between 2006 and 2011.
The side-long 'Raga Ooty' unspools a twisting, skittering thread of gritty guitar harmonics over a bed of buzzing tambura drone, creating the same paradoxical impression of simultaneous stasis and forward propulsion achieved by minimalist masters such as Henry Flynt, to whom this work is dedicated.
'The Nilgiri Plateau' generates an 8 minute wash of gleaming overtones from a 12 string acoustic guitar played with motors, continuing the experiments first made public on the 2007 'Stacte Motors' LP.
The closing 'Raga Ooty (Slight Return)' returns to the distorted guitar harmonic hysterics of the opening piece, this time elaborated over a wash of Ambarchi’s signature Leslie cabinet tones, building relentlessly over the course of 12 minutes recorded live in Basel late 2011".


released January 1, 2012

Raga Ooty
Electric Guitar & Tamburas recorded in Melbourne, Dec 11, 2009
For Henry Flynt

The Nilgiri Plateau
12 String Acoustic Guitar & Sine Wave recorded in Sydney, Mar 28, 2006

Raga Ooty (Slight Return)
Electric Guitar recorded live at Terrains Festival, Gare Du Nord, Basel, Switzerland, Nov 12, 2011

Mastered by Joe Talia at Chinatown, Melbourne June 5, 2012
Cover by Anna Tjan.
Thanks to Carlos Giffoni, the Jolt/Terrains crew and Bo' Weavil Records


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Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, "re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it’s no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it’s a laboratory for extended sonic investigation". (The Wire, UK). ... more

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