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Phill Niblock
Music For Cello

It must be something about the grey days of winter that makes people put out these bleak and infinite drones. Music for Cello, the new effort from avant-garde composer Phill Niblock, matches the weather: the CD features about six notes in total, spread over three 20+ minute tracks, recorded sometime between 1974 and 1995.
  • CD (IMPREC443)

Phill Niblock
Niblock For Celli / Celli Plays Niblock

Reissue of an early work from the catalogue of Phill Niblock, originally released in 1984 and up till now not issued again since. Niblock For Celli / Cellie Plays Niblock features the classic Niblock drone method applied to Josephy Celli’s oboe and english horn, though the technology of the era means the two long tracks a little less dense: an interesting contrast with his present works. Reissued by Superior Viaduct.
  • Vinyl LP (SV157)

Phill Niblock
Rhymes With Water

Phill Niblock returns with two new pieces of music in his classically monumental minimalist style: layers upon layers of instrumental parts built up into a shimmering mass of dense drone wonder. For Rhymes With Water, his collaborators are Natalia Pschenitschnikova and Erik Drescher, performing with flutes and voice. Released by GOD Records.
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Phill Niblock
T H I R

Glorious all-consuming-drone composer Phill Niblock is also a filmmaker: in fact, this is what he was known for initially, though his releases over the years have concealed that. T H I R is a 1972 film work that intensely focuses on details of nature, accompanied by two different Niblock soundtracks. DVD from Von Archives.

Phill Niblock
Nothing To Look At Just A Record

Typically modestly titled, Nothin To Look At Just A Record is in fact Phill Niblock’s first ever LP, first released back in 1982, fortuitously reissued here on vinyl by Superior Viaduct. The enormous Niblock sound is very much in place even at this early stage, as one listen to ‘A Trombone Piece’ will reveal. Very very good.
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Phill Niblock
Touch Works, For Hurdy Gurdy and Voice

Yeah, dig that Phill Niblock sound! Turn of the century release on Touch (his first for them), featuring two pieces (the second one appearing in two versions). ‘Hurdy Hurry’ layers up a multitude of Jim O’Rourke’s playing Hurdy Gurdy, the other layers up Thomas Buckner singing. Both become an all-consuming sound mass. Bliss.

Phill Niblock
Touch Food

Only four instruments and four performers here, one for each piece. But you wouldn’t know if from just listening, because Phill Niblock’s techniques involve turning acoustic instruments into vast shimmering masses of tone, just by juxtaposing multiple recordings of the same minimal piece on top of each other. The results are absolutely fantastic. I find the food theme in the titles and cover quite lovely too.
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