Sonic Constructions

Thomas Ciufo / Curtis Bahn: Sonic Constructions (PFMCD102)

Jeff Kaiser

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Sonic Constructions – an improvisational electroacoustic performance project
Thomas Ciufo and Curtis Bahn with special guests Steve Gorn and Jane Rigler

1) Sonic Constructions 22:54
Curtis Bahn – Electric Sitar, Dilruba and Interactive Electronics
Thomas Ciufo – Extended Electric Guitar, Prepared Piano, Percussion and Interactive Electronics

2) Ujjayi 12:11
Steve Gorn – Bansuri Bamboo Flutes
Jane Rigler – C Flute, Bass Flute and Piccolo
Curtis Bahn / Thomas Ciufo – Live Processing

3) Lajawab 38:06
Steve Gorn – Bansuri Bamboo Flutes and Clarinet
Curtis Bahn – Electric Sitar and Interactive Electronics
Thomas Ciufo – Extended Electric Guitar, Flutes, Percussion and Interactive Electronics

Sonic Constructions – edited excerpts from a live performance
Ujjayi and Lajawab – unedited complete recordings from a live performance

Recorded and Produced by Thomas Ciufo
Graphic Design by Ted Killian
Photos by Thomas Ciufo

Sonic Constructions is an electroacoustic ensemble consisting of Thomas Ciufo on extended electric guitar, flutes, percussion, prepared piano and live electronics and Curtis Bahn on electric sitar, dilruba and interactive electronics. For this live performance CD project, the core duo was joined by Steve Gorn on bansuri bamboo flutes and Jane Rigler on C flute, bass flute and piccolo. With their music and sonic gestures, the musicians are able to transform the live sounds and field recordings into immersive sonic stories. This creates a constant, limitless reshaping of materials in a kind of “infinite play” of regenerative music that is at once transformative, delicate, intimate and innovative. This ensemble treats electronic music as chamber performance because there is a constant interactive musical connection between the performers, the space, the sounds, and the audience.

This improvisational soundscape combines live performance, raga, computer extended instruments/gestural controllers, live signal processing, and field recordings. Composer-improvisers Thomas Ciufo and Curtis Bahn design, build, and perform on computer extended instruments and simultaneously process the sounds of the other performers. This project has developed around a gestural and sonic language that explores the expressive capabilities of a range of custom build, hybrid acoustic / electronic instruments. Utilizing a variety of physical interfaces and signal processing techniques, these constructed / composed instruments extend acoustic sound sources and field recordings through real-time computer processing and sonic transformation. Custom instruments developed by Bahn and Ciufo include the eSitar, eDilruba, the eighth nerve hybrid electric guitar, as well as prepared piano and a collection of flutes and percussive objects. The duo uses their extensive sound transformation capabilities to process and extend the flute performance by collaborators Steve Gorn and Jane Rigler.


Trevor Henthorn: Hipster Modular: Die Schlactensee Sets

Trevor Henthorn: Hipster Modular: Die Schlactensee Sets (AVRCD011)

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Trevor Henthorn: Hipster Modular: Die Schlachtensee Sets

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1. S1 Stücke 1-2 10:10
2. S2 Stücke 3-4 10:10
3. S3 Stücke 5-6 10:10
4. S4 Stücke 7-8 10:10
5. S5 Stücke 9-10 10:10
6. S6 Stücke 11-12 10:10
7. S7 Stücke 13-14 10:10


Schlachtensee is a lake in the south west of Berlin, in the Steglitz-Zehlendorf borough, on the edge of the Grunewald forest. The lake lends its name to the surrounding area and which has been part of Berlin since 1920. While, it is the city’s most easily accessible lake (next door to both S- and U-Bahn stations), it is surprisingly free from hipster culture. Some have proposed that this state is intentional, claiming that the recent summer ban on dogs (the controversial “Hundeverbot”) is an underhanded attempt to curtail hipster-like activites.

The literal definition of a hipster is: “A person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.” Many consider Berlin to be one of the most hipster-friendly cities in the world, 2nd only to Brooklyn, New York. Schlactensee is sufficiently outside of the city, a 15 km hike from Kreutzberg (the hippest area of Berlin), and, so, is considered one of the rare “outside-of-outside” spaces (geographically, aesthetically and culturally).

Sonically, Schlachtensee hosts the expected lake-area sounds – water, rain, birds, bees and ducks, but also human contributions ranging from hikers using walking sticks and mal-maintained bicycles to the helicopters and trains just out of view.

This collection brings together a modularization of field recordings from the area with compositional form based on local, environmental photos, along with signal processing and synthesis techniques from the ’60s, ’80s and 21st century.

These are the Hipster Modular Schlachtensee Sets.

Für JAD, JN, und RW

released November 1, 2016

Angry Vegan™ Records

Elektronik August 2016
Hergestellt in Berlin, Budesrepublik, Deutschland
Schnitt und Mastering von T. Henthorn und J. Kaiser
Zusammengestellt von Hipster Modular

Zum Export zugelassen
von Pan Handler Production
Trading Co., Ltd. vertrieben

Die Artefakte inspirierten den Klang:
Vielen Dank an Kaiser für den Generator. Fotografien von T. Henthorn.
Ausrüstung: Doepfter, PGH, Soundhack, Tiptop, Elektron, Moog, Catalinbread, EHX, KMI, Eventide, Earthquaker, Zoom, Rode, Ableton, KaiGen, iZotope, NI, DSP-Quattro, K-Devices, Max for Cats.

Zehn:Zehn x 7
Spielzeit 71 min 10 sek

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