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Long term close OTO affliliate John Chantler treats us to a new work of deftly arranged textural synthesis, seeing soaring drones, weaving harmonic interplay, fluttering high ends and rolling snare drum work meet and be driven forth by a burning emotional core.
We’d been thinking about getting a dog for a couple of years, but it was always tricky to work out a good time amongst the regular travel. We eventually settled on trying to make it happen after coming back from some concerts in Australia in June/July 2020 where I’d also planned to premiere the speaker/synthesizer objects I’ve been building for the last little while and that form the basis of all of the music for this piece. Australia was very quick to shutdown at the pandemic’s onset so the tour prospect vanished and the dog prospect moved into our immediate future instead. I see now that I replied to Fielding Hope’s invitation to make something for the Takuroku series the same day that Eli came to live with us in April 2020 and didn’t really anticipate how much his joyous presence and the ensuing impact of the bigger picture would make difficult what would have previously been a simple task. So, here is my piece — at the tail end of things. - John Chantler
John Chantler - Digital synthesis, speakers, percussion.
Recorded July/August 2021, Spaden / Sweden.Cover design by Oliver Barrett
John Chantler – Eli Licking Ice
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"Australian born, Sweden based artist John Chantler returns to Room40 with his fifth solo edition. Tomorrow Is Too Late was commissioned by INA GRM for their Présences Électronique festival in 2018 and sees Chantler significantly expand the horizons of his acoustic palette. Moving from subtle microtonal movements to passages of intense harmonic saturation, Tomorrow Is Too Late is his most dynamic work to date. A powerhouse of reductive intensity that bares witness to Chantler’s uncompromising sonic articulations." — ROOM40
"A dizzying time scrambler that belies both a reverence for this canonized innovation of his chosen instrument and an intrepid inclination to push offshore with it." - Tiny Mix Tapes
John Chantler / synthesizers, pipe organ
Synthesizers recorded at 1703, Stockholm and INA GRM, Paris. Pipe organ recorded at ELB Philharmonie, Hamburg. Tomorrow is Too Late was commissioned by Francois Bonnet at INA GRM for RÉSENCES ÉLECTRONIQUE FESTIVAL 2018. Released in co-operation with 1703 Skivbolaget. Supported by the Swedish Arts Council. Mastered by Lawrence English. Vinyl cut by Andreas [LUPO] Lubich.
John Chantler – Tomorrow Is Too Late