Jure Boršič: alto saxophone, chilli whistles, mustard flute, voice
Marko Lasič: drums, toy drums, objects, glockenspiel, voice
Matjaž Bajc: supercharged electric bass, tuba, trombone, voice
Peter Kastrin: guitar
Samo Lasič: the Alchillator, guitar, voice
Recorded in Vrtojba, Slovenia, July 2015
Recording & mixing by Samo Lasič
Cover by Matjaž Bajc
Here is the next “imprevisto” chapter, created in a similar explorative and theatrical mood as in the first Imprevisto quintet session. This was another very effective blend of spices, brought to the AP kitchen by musicians with different degrees of experience, contributing with their unique approaches and characters. Peter Kastrin joined for the “imprevisto” ride with his guitar, substituting Aleš Valentičič - Brdonč, while Matjaž Bajc took on board his tuba, trombone and el. bass for some real “deep shit”. The trickster unexpectedly shifts between guitar and the Alchillator. Voices, glockenspiel, flute and whistles appear sparingly to enhance the mood. The distinct and spicy taste of the “imprevisto” brew is thus clearly emerging.
This album features the third version of the Alchillator.
What is the Alchillator?
To a large degree, the expressiveness and interaction with an instrument is imposed by its anatomy. For example, the different constituent parts of a saxophone or a double bass do not only affect the timbres of the instruments but also their response to playing. The Alchillator consists of a software based stereophonic network of interconnected oscillators. The way the system is interfaced also significantly affects how the Alchillator is played. The anatomy of the Alchillator is therefore intangible and malleable. To avoid saturating the player with immensely wide sonic possibilities, the available parameters are carefully selected and ergonomically mapped to MIDI controllers. This allows for an agile real-time interaction and responsive playing conducive to the Alchillators’ distinct character.
Rather then being a solo instrument for generating exotic sounds, the Alchillator fits well in an improvised group setting, allowing the player to playfully shift perspectives and act as a trickster teasing out new forms of expression.
released August 31, 2016