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Originally released on Quecksilber/Staubgold in 2003.

Original press release:
"Vigil is the second duo album by Australian composers Oren Ambarchi and Martin Ng from Sydney after 2001's Reconnaissance on the Staubgold label. It's a dreamlike sonic excursion based upon the fluid architectural modulation of harmonics and resonances. Recalling the landmark experiments of the sonic arts union (Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Alvin Lucier and Gordon Mumma), Ambarchi and Ng create an enigmatic tapestry of pulsing, shimmering and shifting sound which represents a subtle and compelling realignment of eastern and western minimalist traditions. Ambarchi has become a solo performer whose stirring sonic experiments with the guitar have seen him recently record for acclaimed exploratory music labels Touch, Staubgold and Tzadik, and perform and collaborate with artists such as Fennesz and Otomo Yoshihide, and revered minimalist composer Phill Niblock. Martin Ng whose main instrument is the turntable is another outstanding character in Sydney's rich experimental music circuit. He released an album for the Mego label with Farmer's Manual's Hiaz Gmachl, recorded for Grob with Jim Denley and was part of 2002's 'Turntable Hell' tour with among others Otomo Yoshihide and Martin Tetrault."

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released May 26, 2003

Recorded May 2002 @ araçá azul
Artwork by Tina Frank

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Oren Ambarchi Australia

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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