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Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album
The Channels Limited Edition CD comes in a beautifully designed 6 panel gatefold wallet, all hand signed by the band and numbered (of 100). The package also includes a limited edition 2 sided (8in x 12in) poster with photo of the band by Avraham Bank, extended credits with album art, and download code all withinin a clear re-sealable slip case.
Includes unlimited streaming of Channels
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
4. Out To Sea
John Swana - EVI, electronics, trumpet, valve trombone, synth
Tim Motzer - acoustic-electric guitar, electronics, percussion, bass
Doug Hirlinger - drums
Anthony Tidd - six string fretless bass (on Drift & Channel)
Channels (1k recordings, 1k042) — the debut release by three celebrated Philadelphia musicians John Swana, Tim Motzer, and Doug Hirlinger — is an album that immediately beckons and challenges the listener with evocative, multilayered electro-acoustic improvisations and compositions. Channels captures the unique energy and sonic chemistry between the players; the album’s dynamic tension also hints at today’s unresolved social, economic, political challenges. Questioning melodies and complex, brooding soundscapes are punctuated by free-jazz drumming. The record ebbs with harmonic drifts, languid electronic suspensions, and looping textural guitars and synths.
Channels originally began as a duo recording by Swana and Motzer. After a weekend of intensive, experimental improvisation at 1K Recordings in Philadelphia, they invited Hirlinger to respond on drums – which transformed the material. For several months afterward, Swana and Motzer pored over the live studio recordings, whittling down long-form improvisations and adding orchestral layers of brass to opening track “Lost.” Anthony Tidd (longtime member of Steve Coleman and Five Elements) contributed six-string, fretless electric bass melodies to “Drift” and “Channel.” The result is a uniquely intimate and urgent record – one that defies simple categorization and reveals its intriguing richness over time.
released February 1, 2019
Recorded March 10-17, 2017 by Tim Motzer at 1k
Engineering assistance by Eric Bogacz
Arranged and edited by John Swana & Tim Motzer 2018
Mixed and produced by Tim Motzer June-September 2018 for 1k
Mastered by Eric Bogacz at Spice House, Philadelphia
Album cover painting: Tim Motzer
Album design: Jason Waggaman & tilomo
Photography: Avraham Bank
I absolutely *love* the scintillating tones Markus Reuter produces here throughout. The entire work is sublime, but the atmospheres of Part 1 in particular appeal to my "inner planetarium." The immense celestial tone ocean that keeps washing in and out calls forth so many moods and feelings all at once: joy, wonder, longing, melancholy, nostalgia, hope, inspiration, gratitude... Doubtless this will continue to be well received by my spirit for as long as I am here to receive. Allen Ray