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City Size Tone, Pt. 2

by Jørgen Teller

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The recording is based on a score commissioned by the Wundergrund Festival in Copenhagen 2013 – inside the festival theme New York City. Jørgen created a 3-part suite for the festival that combined his early reflections on what new music could be in 2013, versus what he had thought it could be when he started his career around 1980.
The second part of the suite was performed by a very strong international ensemble with Rhys Chatham and Fast Forward representing the deep New York scene. At the premiere the dancer Wubje Kuindersma joined forces with the ensemble, further expanded with a large video projection.
The piece is based on Jørgen’s solo-project called Lucky Ringston. This is a work that highlights an old-school ring-modulated shortwave/radio/synth/overtone/timbre sculpture and instruments of the ensemble’s timbre attacks in different and ever growing intervals.
The floating drony radio synth is juxtaposed with the sound of the now bald-headed modernism of the 50‘s and some inspiration from Messiaen’s Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum pt. V – as a kind of mash-beyond.
Commissioned by Wundergrund Festival 2013, the release received support from Koda’s Cultural Funds.


By constantly relating to his core aesthetics of being and living as an improviser Jørgen looked for ways to create tunings instantly in the moment and establish strong drones that could change without loosing impact. This led to new works on his Le Bastard – a re-stringed Höfner electric guitar – and to Lucky Ringston – solo with a synthesized short-wave radio and the Korg D-X911. This was a clear away from editing samples and using software on laptops. The key here was the nervous-system of the composer-musician focusing on instant composition at a minimal goes maximum level. Finely adjusting those knobs to crank out a physical color-space of sound.
Jørgen has constantly used his sound studio as a laboratory for developments. Like many others, he uses the internet to buy and sell devices thus constantly changing the palette of available sound-manglers and core instruments. This way of working is essential to his constant research into creative development that spark new ideas and strategies for creating and composing.


released May 15, 2020

Artist: Jørgen Teller
Release name: City Size Tone Part 2
Release date: Friday, May 15
Compositions: Jørgen Teller
Lucky Ringston aka Jørgen Teller on synthesized shortwave radio, synth filter, ring modulator and delay pedal; Other Gardens Ensemble (Randi Pontoppidan on voice and effects; Jennifer Dill on concert flute, alto flute, piccolo, Linda Edsjø on vibes, metals and woodblocks); Christian Rønn on prepared 1920es Feurich Baby Grand; Rhys Chatham on trumpet and effects
Fast Forward on percussion
Recorded: October 30th 2013 at Strom Babe Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cover art: Jørgen Teller


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