Jakob Draminsky Hojmark


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The first solo album by Pascal Comelade sideman Jakob Draminsky Højmark is a co-production between his own label, Multi Sounds, the Scandinavian new music magazine Influenza, and the Spanish-based imprint G3G (the Danish reedsman moved to Barcelona shortly before this CD saw the light of day). Despite the light title, this opus delves deeper in experimentation than Højmark's subsequent albums. Tracks alternate between bass clarinet or alto saxophone solos and pieces that integrate electro-acoustic manipulations or field recordings to reeds. Højmark displays his range of expression, from jazzy chops to post-Evan Parker extended techniques. "Crackments" goes very far into reductionist territory, approaching the clarinet as a noise- (instead of note) maker, keys clicking and saliva bubbling ten years ahead of John Butcher and Franz Hautzinger. The weaving of multiphonics into the romantic sax lines of "Roum AA mouR" best illustrates the kind of synthesis Højmark tries to achieve. There is also a good reading of Joan A. Moreno's "Polifonia II." The pieces involving electronics are slightly less satisfying. Motorbike samples in "Summerbiking" are used unimaginatively and the acoustic and electronic sides of "Port Bort" don't feel as related to each other as they should. The album proper ends with "Vogel Lied." The last eight tracks are tiny spurts of sounds (two or three seconds long) and short silences intended to be programmed into the track order.

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