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Complete live set of solo guitar recorded at Extrapool, Nijmegen, Holland, 14th June, 2001.
Originally released as an LP in March 2003 via US label IDEA in a deluxe gatefold package with audiophile 220-gram vinyl.
The first 300 copies added a bonus 7” of Tom Recchion’s “Triste Remake/Remodel” remixes.
Reissued on CD in 2005 via Southern Lord, USA.
(original press release):

The germination of themes explored in Ambarchi’s VPRO radio appearance and subsequent Mort Aux Vaches ‘Song Of Separation’ recording, take root and flourish in this live performance recorded in Nijmegen June 14, 2001, using one guitar and a handful of guitar effect pedals.

Recorded recently after losing his father, Triste is Ambarchi’s meditation on growth, decay and regeneration.

The first side begins with small tones emerging from silence. Here Ambarchi employs a kind of tonal pointillism to explore the relativity of various frequencies cocooned between silences. These disembodied notes are incrementally layered taking on new value and meaning as they beat and resonate in sympathy with each other, culminating in glorious harmonic clusters. As the second side begins these tones coalesce into one note, shimmering with harmonic resonance. Stasis then erupts into cataclysmic, chaotic entropy. The cycle of formation and disintegration resumes when the record is turned over, to begin again.


released March 1, 2003

Oren Ambarchi - solo guitar live at Extrapool, Nijmegen, Holland, 14th June, 2001
Live Sound: Pieter Stellingwerff
Mastering: Chris Townend, Big Jesus Burger
Cover: Inwirements Tina Frank
Remake/Remodel: Tom Recchion


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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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