Album Review

Punkt: Live Remixes Vol. 1 [coll] – [Jazzland]

lombard   11/25/2008   A Library, CD

Punkt is the moniker for both a team of Norwegian musicians and producers (Jan Bang and Erik Honore) and for the annual festival that they produce. A big component of the fest is live remixing, of which this album is a product. During the festival performances happen on a main stage, with live remix sessions happening in a separate room immediately following. On this album, Sidsel Endresen (voice) and Jon Hassell (trumpet) remix separate performances, joined by Bang and Honore doing live sampling and percussion.

The first two tracks are singer/composer/poet Sidsel Endresen’s live remix of a 2007 performance by Sweet Billy Pilgrim. Track One is 20 minutes in length and is the most avant-feeling of the pieces. It begins with Sidsel’s voice, which is manipulated and reworked, at times sounding like backwards utterances. Bits and pieces are understandable (“I don’t want to be alone here”) and as the track progresses, it’s at times haunting, layered, and song-like. Minimal electronic sounds and effects hover in the background throughout the piece. Track 2 is a bit prettier, beginning with spare acapella singing with almost a traditional folk feel.

On the final 2 tracks, trumpet player Jon Hassell works with Bang, Honore and Audun Kleive (percussion) to remix a 2005 performance by Merriwinkle. These are pleasant, washes of sound, yet with the trumpet they are closer to jazz in style than the other pieces. Sidsel’s vocals also make an appearance as she was a part of the original Merriwinkle performance.

you heard it 7 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 2379 days ago, abacus finch played Untitled 1 (Remix of Sweet Billy Pilgrim Concert)
  • 4281 days ago, Grizzly Adam played Untitled 2 (Remix of Sweet Billy Pilgrim Concert)
  • 4301 days ago, Pax Humana played Untitled 4 (Remix of Merriwinkle Concert)
  • 4318 days ago, Anubis, God of Jackals played Untitled 3 (Remix of Merriwinkle Concert)
  • 4324 days ago, Groundswell played Untitled 1 (Remix of Sweet Billy Pilgrim Concert)
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