Recorded in one session after a brief rehearsal, it fuses together idiosyncratic networks of hardware electronics from the likes of Ciat-Lonbarde, Meng Qi, Klangbau Köln, Ieaskul F. Mobenthey, Mannequins, Endorphins and Verbos (amongst others) with software electronics and extended and mutated saxophone techniques into a series of anarchic, shamanic musical tales for our times.An ode to DIY and hacker culture’s salvaging and re-purposing of the burgeoning corporate “internet of shit” (that increasingly haunts our technologically mediated lives), ’That Would Have Been Decent’ takes the listener on a psycho-geographic tour of modernity’s catharsis, rendered as nostalgic ditties for “the restaurant at the end of the universe”.
Isambard Khroustaliov is the solo alias of electronic musician and composer Sam Britton from the groups Icarus, Fiium Shaarrk and Leverton Fox. Sam trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in London, but now works across the borders of music composition and performance, software development and research. He holds a PhD in electronic music and composition and has been a resident composer and researcher at IRCAM in Paris and STEIM in Amsterdam. Sam has also worked with the London Sinfonietta as part of their Writing the Future commissioning scheme, with Aphex Twin on his Remote Orchestra project and is an associate member of Matthew Herbert’s ‘New Radiophonic Workshop’.
Frank Paul Schubert is a saxophone player in the realms of Improvised Music and Contemporary Jazz. Born in Neuss/Germany in 1965, he began to play the saxophone self-taught in 1982, took lessons with Lajos Dudas from 1988 to 1992, studied at Musikhochschule Aachen (classical saxophone repertoire as well as jazz) with Prof. Hugo Read from 1992 to 1996, and, after a short interlude in Aschaffenburg/Bavaria, moved to Berlin in 1999. Schubert works regularly with Willi Kellers, Andreas Willers, Johannes Bauer, Matthias Müller, John Edwards, Mark Sanders, Uwe Oberg, Paul Dunmall, Alexander von Schlippenbach and many more.
released November 9, 2018
Frank Paul Schubert: Soprano Saxophone
Isambard Khroustaliov: Modular Synthesizer & Computer
Recorded in Berlin, March 2018
Mixed at Coda to Coda, London.
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at Technology Works, London.
‘Le Bonheur de Vivre’ by Marcus Weber
Photo by Daniela Wolf