016. 1000 Petal Lotus & Angus Tarnawsky, Subconscious Self Sabotage

015. Brian Chase, Drums & Drones II

014. Brian Chase & Angus Tarnawsky, Live At Secret Project Robot

013. Victoria Keddie, Cannibal Mécanique

012. Bryce Hackford, Diegetic Music

011. Robert Deeds (cur. by Maria Chavez), Broken Piano

010. Angus Tarnawsky, Surface To Air

009. Shelley Burgon, LOVEHER (2014)

008. Joe Talia, Sayu/Volo a Vela

007. Thomas Kircher & Lukas Grundmann, Wider/Wieder

006. monotope, Unsteady Scaffold/Voltaire’s Dubs

005. Daren Ho, 1 2 3 4 5 6

004. Nathan Liow & Angus Tarnawsky, Artifacts

003. Brian Chase, Ride/Scratch

002. Che Chen, Bus Passes By/Saturday

001. Shelley Burgon,  LOVEHER

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002.

Che Chen
Bus Passes By / Saturday (I Just Want To Go To Sleep)

7” lathe cut record
Edition of 25 copies

2013



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Che Chen was born in New Haven, CT and works at a cancer diagnostics company in Stonybrook, NY. For ICM002, he presents an analog tape composition focusing on his research and application of modified guitar techniques used in Mauritania.

Largely a self- taught musician, Che uses the violin, guitar and other musical and “non-musical” objects in works that explore his interests in perceptual phenomena and improvisation. Much of his solo work has consisted of improvisations based on the harmonic overtones of idiosyncratic tunings. Che’s interests in difference tones (closely tuned pitches that result in beating patterns), phasing, repetition, decay, the specialization of sounds, and the structural relationship between “audience” and “performer” have led him to use a variety of methods that include using analog tape delay systems, loops and manipulation, placing acoustic and electronic sound sources in various locations around the performance area, and generally eschewing the idea of “the stage”.

Che has toured in the US, Europe and Japan, presenting solo performances and collaborations with Jozef Van Wissem (Heresy of the Free Spirit), Robbie Lee, Chie Mukai, Tetuzi Akiyama and other spontaneous and ongoing configurations. As an anthologist, he has produced the artist magazine O Sirhan and runs his own label, Black Pollen Press, as an outlet for these and other endeavors. He currently plays guitar in the band 75 Dollar Bill.

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Still Single
Doug Mosurock

Both sides showcase some loose/wild electric guitar improvisation styles, lots of fretboard-tap squiggle and abrupt cuts in the recording to give it a disjointed feel, like the dancing chicken’s movements at the end of Stroszek, shot through with reminiscences of urban slush (side A) and exhausted roommates/neighbors (the flip). Chen’s journey here might only take you back to the starting point, but it’s a willful and excited trek, placing a premium not only on the musicianship that leads to this sorta fence-swingin’ elevational improv, but the sort of personality that wields it as well. Great efforts within!

Tiny Mix Tapes
Grant Purdum

In Context Music’s jib is cut so clearly and concisely I couldn’t help but fall in love with it right away. Che Chen, of Pilgrim Talk fame, delivers ICM’s second release you should make sure you’re one of the lucky 25 people who get their hands on it. I’m having trouble placing this material on Chen’s timeline. Is this what those other releases sounded like? I’m thinking not, and I appreciate the change in direction...I could spend a few days decoding this one; and how!

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Record Release Poster
by ICM and Jordan Dolheguy