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1k2020 Retrospective

by Tim Motzer

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"A highlight of this year was curating and releasing this 20-song 1k2020 Retrospective, honoring 20-plus years releasing adventurous music on my Philly-based boutique label, 1k Recordings. The collection includes my solo works and collaborations with Ursula Rucker, Ari Hoenig, Markus Reuter, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Theo Travis (Soft Machine), and many other artists and bands (Channels, Goldbug, Orion Tango, Nucultures) I’ve worked with over the years. I hope the 1k2020 Retrospective provides an entry point into this eclectic catalog and invites people to dig deeper. I’m excited that more and more people continue to discover the label, and my hard drives are filled with music I’m excited to release in 2021. People can browse the catalog here: 1krecordings.bandcamp.com" -tim motzer

1k2020 Retrospective - curated by Tim Motzer

"It's been 20+ years of creating and releasing music at 1k Recordings, and what a beautiful journey it has been. What started as a label to release my solo work and collaborations blossomed beyond my wildest expectations. This specially curated 20-song collection is a look backwards, some songs decades old, some recent, some previously unreleased, both studio and live. It's a genre-spanning retrospective that serves as a portal for dreaming and for meditating on life’s unanswered questions. From the wondrous Nucultures, to the propulsive Jazzheads … from the ethereal musings of Channels with Swana, Motzer, Hirlinger to the improv power quartets/trios of Goldbug and Orion Tango ... from evocative collaborations with Fides Krucker and Ursula Rucker to the ruminative soundscapes of my own solo work … it’s all been a thrill. And stay tuned for much more music to come this year."
tim motzer, april 25, 2020


released May 1, 2020

There are so many people to thank individually for their contributions to 1k recordings over the years. I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for this wondrous journey and musical life experience. We all shared the blessing of creating this music together.
with love forever, tm

1. Intro-Peace - Ursula Rucker, Tim Motzer (2015) [edit]
Ursula Rucker, poetry/voice; Tim Motzer - moog, guitar, loops

2. Blur - Jazzheads (1999)
Ari Hoenig - drums; Chris Cuzme - tenor saxophone; Ben Bocardo - electric upright; Tim Motzer - guitar, roland gr-300 guitar synth, pedals

3. Starship - Tim Motzer (2008) [unreleased]
Tim Motzer, vocals, guitars, piano, rhodes, beat programming, Barry Meehan, bass, backing vocal; Claudio Rochat-Felix - drums

4. Stars End - Tim Motzer (2014)
Tim Motzer, guitars, electronics (recorded live at WXPN)

5. Scare The Ghost - Michelle Lordi (2018)
Michelle Lordi, vocal, Tim Motzer, guitars, keys, Jeremy Carlstedt, drums, glockenspiel

6. Caravan - Swana, Motzer, Hirlinger (2019) [edit]
John Swana - trumpet, valve trombone, electronics; Tim Motzer - guitars, electronics; Doug Hirlinger - drums

7. Shimmering - Nucultures (2012)
Tim Motzer - vocal, guitars, keys, programming; Ellie Perez - backing vocals

8. Ever the Horizon - Bandit65 (2014)
Kurt Rosenwinkel - guitar; Tim Motzer - guitar/bass; Gintas Janusoniis - drums

9. Think I'm Losin It - Nucultures (2007)
Tim Motzer - vocal, guitar, piano, bass; Tony Catastrophe - drums

10. The Valley of the Kings - Goldbug (2017)
Tim Motzer - guitars, electronics; Barry Meehan - bass; Eric Slick - drums

11. Chi Moto - Tilomo (2007)
Tim Motzer - guitar, laptop

12. Karma Guru - Nucultures (2012)
Ellie Perez - vocal, lyrics; Jim Hamilton - percussion; Jeremy Carlstedt - drums; Tim Motzer - guitar, mellotron, bass, keyboards, drumbox

13: The Last Love Song - Global illage (2013 )
Chris Cuzme - saxophone, bass; Dan Sears - flugelhorn, keys;
Jim Hamilton - percussion; Tim Motzer - guitars, electronics, loops

14. From Black to Light - Orion Tango (2017)
Jeremy Carlstedt - drums; Barry Meehan - bass; Tim Motzer - guitars, electronics (recorded live at WXPN studios)

15. Scintilla - Fides Krucker, Tim Motzer (2019)
Fides Krucker - voice; Tim Motzer - guitar, electronics

16. Descending - Tim Motzer, Markus Reuter (2010)
Tim Motzer - guitar, electronics; Markus Reuter - touch guitar, laptop; Pat Mastelotto - traps & buttons; BJ Cole - pedal steel; Doug Hirlinger - cymbals

17. Behind the Moon (tilomo lunar mix) - Nucultures (2008)
Ellie Perez - voice, lyrics; Tim Motzer - keys, programming, piano, remix

18. Persistence of a Memory - Goldbug (2010)
(Motzer/Meeha/ Slick/Travis)
Tim Motzer - guitars, electronics, field recordings; Barry Meehan - bass; Eric Slick - drums; Theo Travis - saxophone, flute

19. May Our Dreams Still Fly - Tim Motzer (2013) [unreleased]
Tim Motzer - guitar, electronics
(recorded live at the Crescent Festival)

20. Ephemerality - Instant Takemitsu (2014)
Dino JA Deane - lapsteel dulcimer, electronics; Tim Motzer - guitars, electronics

Produced by Tim Motzer for 1k Recordings
Audio care & assistance on 1k2020: Eric Bogacz
with special acknowledgement to the wonderful engineers for all their deep skills in finessing this music to completion throughout the years. Thank you Jeff Chestik, Brian Boland, Eric Bogacz, Barry Meehan, Jim Hamilton, Pete Humphries, and Bogdan Hernik!

Cover painting by Tim Motzer

© ℗ 2020 1k Recordings Inc
published by one k music co. (BMI)
all rights reserved.
catalogue #: 1k045


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1k Recordings Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

is an eclectic Philadelphia-based boutique label run by guitarist, composer, and producer Tim Motzer. The catalogue features genre-defying solo releases and adventurous collaborations, spanning ambient soundscapes to art pop and beyond.

"A catalog of music that is as unique as it is unpredictable."
- WXPN, The Key

Celebrating 20+ years #1k2020
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