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Cello & Cassette Loops Live (MP3)

The recording has the rough texture of some lost-then-found artifact, and that shouldn’t be a surprise. The simple fact is that its two constituent components inherently bring texture to the forefront. The performance, a live recording at Flushnik by the duo Battery, consists of “raw cello and bubbling cassette loops.” The former is a tensile fabric of scraped strings, the latter is a lofi fantasia of colluded sound. Together, they’re a deep, lingering, maximalist drone (MP3) on the order of a Michael Gordon crescendo or a Glenn Branca symphony. Battery consists of Bryan Teoh (who records as Always Tokyo) and Erik Schoster (who does so as He Can Jog).

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Get the release in a variety of formats at (including a massive, 100MB-plus you-were-there FLAC file), and visit the releasing netlabel, where it was the single of the week the first week of September 2009, at

More on Schoster at, and on Always Tokyo at More on Flushnik Studios, site of the performance, at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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