11 Ways to Proceed

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BTMZ stands for Hans Burgener, Richard Tietelbaum, Günter Müller, and Carlos Zingaro. So here are two string players, one percussionist, one pianist, and a huge mass of electronics. Together they perform 11 pieces inspired by Rui Eduardo Pres and take their improvisations to atmospheric depths that as individuals they had only perhaps imagined. While three of these artists are well-known for all-out, free-for-all "earschplittenloudenboomer" music with the likes of Han Bennink and others, the presence of Richard Tietelbaum's keyboards (and his Mac Powerbook) lends a decidedly restrained air to the proceedings. That's not to say that things don't ever get out of hand for you anarchy freaks out there, they do a plenty. But it's a mannered anarchism, one that is built on the construction of enveloping and textured tensions that get invoked, commented upon, then inspire others until they either implode or just falter to a close. This is a record whose language is developmentally deranged, where movement occurs within static, not to avoid it. In short, it's brilliant. Watch out for the birds, though; they'll scare the crap out of you.

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