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Stacte​.​3

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Described by Wire scribe Jon Dale as “Alvin Lucier and Cluster collaborating for Mego”, the concept of Oren Ambarchi’s Stacte LP series – now comprising of five volumes – began in 1998. The first few Stacte LPs were self-released by Ambarchi and featured his earliest explorations of the guitar and its sonic possibilities after a period known as a drummer in post-punk, noise and free jazz outfits. An idea was explored and investigated at length using a spontaneous approach, with Ambarchi treating each side of the vinyl like a canvas, slowly capturing a moment, patiently teasing every nuance and implication from each texture. His method allowed the listener to sink their teeth into something substantial over the course of the LP side’s entire duration, resulting in an otherworldly, cumulative impact of patiently unfolding compositions.

The Stacte.3 release (especially the LP’s second side) was a breakthrough for Ambarchi and it defined the parameters for his subsequent projects such as 2001’s 'Suspension' and 'Grapes From The Estate' from 2004, both released on the legendary UK label Touch.
Stacte.3 is an early glimpse of Ambarchi at his most raw and minimal and it’s a fascinating, integral listen in his catalogue of sound works.

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Originally released in 2000 as a limited vinyl only album on Plate Lunch/Jerker Productions and reissued on CD via Black Truffle in 2008.

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released January 1, 2000

Stacte.3A : guitar recorded to 4-track cassette at Jerker House '99
Stacte.3B : guitar, acoustic bass, cymbals recorded at Big Jesus Burger '99

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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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