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Elektro Guzzi – Parade

Elektro Guzzi

You probably know there’s a category here called ‘other music‘ which is used for music that is not ‘strictly ambient’ but somehow fits into the scope of this blog. But still I sometimes feel the need to recommend an album that is way outside the ‘ambientblog scope’, and so doesn’t really belong here. But on the other hand … why not step out of the ambient box every once in a while?   

Elektro Guzzi


It’s easy to hear why Elektro Guzzi ‘doesn’t belong here’: this is energetic club music with a thriving beat. Drums, bass and electric guitar basically, pumping irresistible rhythms. Especially in the opening and closing track Element (Bone Version) and Schmone – with the somewhat more ‘jazzy’ tracks Speck and Parade in between.
No way I would call this music  ‘ambient music’.

But if you listen closely, there ís a link: in the Basic-Channel-dub style mixing of Speck , the warm vibes, and especially in the additional use of the trombone section featuring Martin Ptak, Daniel Riegler and Hilary Jeffery.
(You may remember Hilary Jeffery for his tromboscillator experiments and his work for the Kilimanjaro DarkJazz Ensemble (among many other projects he was involved in).

“With implementing trombones as extra oscillators, dissociating them from their conventional use, the trombones become part of the human-machine-universe and are used as an additional soud source in order to modulate and explore its variety live on the stage.”


Elektro Guzzi  is an Austrian guitar-bass-drum trio performing ‘techno’ music in a live setting, without using any prerecorded material, loops or computer: basically with only drums, bass and electric guitar. For this release, they enhanced their sound with the addition of (three!) trombones – an instrument which basically cannot be faithfully reproduced electronically.
I’d really love to see them perform live!

Parade is a 4-track EP with work that was commissioned for the Artacts Festival for Jazz and Improvised Music.
The 32 minute mini-album leaves you wanting more. No doubt there wíll be more – and there’s always the back catalogue to check out.
But for now, this one goes on repeat!


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Hilary Jeffery


Currently, I am preparing the Folio radiobroadcast for june, 26, which will feature some work played by Hilary Jeffery.
Jeffery is an English trombone player, currently living in Amsterdam. He plays quite a lot of different line-ups: with Jimi Tenor as well as with the Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble, to name just two.
His musical output is equally diverse, ranging from experimental improvisational jazz to quiet drones.
One of his influences is trombone player James Fulkerson (who surprisingly also lives in the Netherlands!), with whom he also studied.

In a lot of his work he uses his tromboscillator, a custom built set of analogue synthesizers, which he uses to interact with his live trombone playing. The warm breathy sound of the trombone layered on the analogue synth sounds are like “he breathes life into the machines” (his own words).

There will be quite a lot of his beautiful music in the radio show mix, so be sure to listen if you can. But there’s no need to wait, because on his website, Hilary has some incredibly beautiful pieces to download for free. (Just check the ‘Tromboscillator’ page and check the links at the bottom).
The audio link presented here is a direct link to the second piece, Belfast Tromboscillator 2, which is about 5 minutes long.
The first piece (Belfast Tromboscillator 1) lasts about 20 minutes (a 20Mb download), but is absolutely worth the effort . (As is the ‘Owl’ track, by the way).
So: Check out this guy’s music!

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