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i cannot tell you where i am until i love you (ALRN049)

by murmurists

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Two years in the making, I Cannot Tell You Where I am Until I Love You is the first release on Alrealon by Anthony Donovan. Combining spoken word with scenes culled from an involved admix of musique concrete, electro-acoustic and industrial, the album takes the listener through a complex series of dissociated communications, where attempts at congress and connection are stymied by language itself, with all signs failing to signify. An alienated love story of sorts is voiced by protagonists Bryan Lewis Saunders, Michael Holloway, Pixyblink, Jaan Patterson and Jo Pearson; each being asked, during the initial creative process, to perform their characterisations in isolation, with no inkling of the final project. In similar fashion, Donovan invited improvisers like Stephen Flinn, Antonio de Braga, Zafer Aracagok and Adrian Beentjes to react to certain concepts, instructions and suggestions. The results of these experiments were added to Donovan's own material, and worked into a single album-length, thematic composition. Donovan is an artist, musician, composer, improviser and writer based in England. He works solo, either as Murmurists or under his own name, and is associated with projects such as Destroyevsky, Ou_pi Golgotha.undead, Ampersand, the.clinamen and Spidey Agutter. An ardent collaborator, he has worked with the likes of John Zorn, Jochen Arbeit, Geoff Leigh, PAS, Steve Beresford and Damo Suzuki. Donovan co-curates the respected labels Classwar Karaoke and suRRism-Phonoethics with Jaan Patterson. His interests are all either obscure or opaque, but morally authentic.


released September 2, 2013

Composition, libretto and artwork by Anthony Donovan
Individual performances improvised by individual performers
Voices: Bryan Lewis Saunders as Nibiru Haemosex, willing to relocate; Pixyblink as Soprano Gory (mid 30s, factual size); Michael Holloway as Ornette, East Mids (44) seeks similar; Jo Pearson as slavejaynie; Jaan Patterson as Breathing Steven; Zafer Aracagok as Yo-Yo o.n.o. and Ed Coyle as Ovum Anon (convincing) previously here as Fibonacci ALH84001 / Musicians: Adrian Beentjes, Antonio de Braga, Anthony Donovan, Stephen Evans, Stephen Flinn, Jack Martin, Neil Packer and Noel Taylor
Recorded in England, America, Germany, Turkey and Canada during 2007 – 2011
Mastered by Zafer Aracagok
Dedicated, with love and thanks, to Annie Dee


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