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Wreckage 23:50


Originally released by Prisma in 2012 in an edition of 400.
"Wreckage presents a collaborative work jointly composed by Oren Ambarchi and James Rushford (originally commissioned for the Ultima Contemporary Music Festival at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter and premiered by Ensemble Neon) for their own instruments (piano and electric guitar) and a small chamber ensemble, performed here by an ensemble of leading lights in Melbourne's experimental and new music communities.
Cycling through a set of asymmetrical harmonic and rhythmic patterns, the composition is a study in displacement. The material, though repetitive, shifts itself in unpredictable ways to create an amorphous, and extremely delicate, sonic world. Wreckage draws upon both avant-garde and avant pop sensibilities, influenced by a variety of artists including Morton Feldman, Luciano Cilio and Luigi Nono. This is a reflection of both composers engagement with rock, experimental, and improvised musics.


released January 1, 2012

Kim Tan - Bass Flute
Karen Heath - Bass Clarinet
Phoebe Green - Viola
Judith Hamann - Violincello
Nat Grant - Percussion
James Rushford - Piano
Oren Ambarchi - Guitar
Alex Garsden - Conductor

Live performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre 16/02/2012
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Joe Talia

Originally commissioned by the Henie Onstad Art Centre/Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival for performance by Ensemble neoN at the 2011 Ultima festival.
Thanks to Ensemble neoN, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Jan Martin Smørdal, Lasse Marhaug, crys cole and Sam Dunscombe.


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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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