Alan Licht / John Krausbauer - s/t - ElMuelle1931
Alan Licht / John Krausbauer - s/t - ElMuelle1931
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Alan Licht / John Krausbauer - s/t

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Carbon Records / US / 2023 / 7"

Alan Licht (electric guitar) and John Krausbauer (amplified violin/oscillators) have created two compositions on their new 7” that seemingly reside on opposite ends of the experimental/free-noise spectrum.

Superstizione (Italian for "superstition") is a maximalist free-noise blast, seemingly chaotic, but with an intentional forward movement and flow. Licht's guitar playing starts off with a low end, thick fuzz, but quickly moves to an over-blown, frenetic pattern, all while Krausbauer's amplified violin proves the instrument can fit, and compete comfortably, in the mix of wild amp’d riffage. You can try to discern the notes, examine the interplay, or you can just let yourself be enveloped by the combined waterfall of tones and power.

On the other side of the coin (and record), Lateral Tracer utilizes guitar (Licht) and oscillators (Krausbauer) to create drones and moiré-like patterns with interweaving signals, which elicits difference tones and interference beats, mesmerizing the listener with a soothing heartbeat. Similar to the use of the contrasting red and blue in the cover artwork, creating a chromostereopsis effect, the two sources of sound trade places back and forth, per the listener's focus, one sound (or color) retreating, while the other advances, and vice-versa.

John Krausbauer is an American composer/musician, artist, writer, refusenik. He has performed his music and presented his A/V work in N America, Europe, Japan, and New Zealand. Additionally he has released around 30 recordings in solo, duo, and group contexts and will soon have his recent writings published by Witchhammer Press (NZ).

Alan Licht is a musician and writer based in New York City. He is equally known for his guitar work in the underground rock bands Run On and Love Child and in the experimental groups the Blue Humans and Text of Light. He has released eight solo guitar albums and more than a dozen duo and trio records of improvised music. Licht is the author of Common Tones: Selected interviews with artists and musicians 1995-2020 (Blank Forms) and Sound Art Revisited (Bloomsbury).