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Ex-Easter Island Head links

August 2012

Follow Ex-Easter Island Head's choice links of the web. The Liverpool based minimalist group is featured in an article by Abi Bliss in The Wire 343.

Hypercustom Website of Dutch luthier/experimental instrument builder Yuri Landman, whose simple but elegantly designed third bridge instruments we discovered in 2010, alongside the workshops that he runs. Instruments such as the Homeswinger have been useful in understanding the physical relationships between string length, bridges and the resulting sounds and timbres that we like to get out of our guitars.

Super Critical Mass This is an Australian collective comprising composers Julian Day, Luke Jaaniste and Janet McKay who we had the pleasure of meeting and working alongside while they were in the country for Manchester's Future Everything Festival earlier this year. Specialising in massed groups of single instruments, site specificity and group interaction, their projects present an accessible surface simplicity coupled with a thoughtful community-minded approach, resulting in beautiful intuitive compositions with a panoramic scope.

The Double Negative A Liverpool based online magazine with bags of class, a strong aesthetic and editorial policy. It's mainly focused on art, film, design and music in the city but also frequently covers the more 'in-between' events, providing an interesting forum for local discussion. One of several switched on Liverpool culture sites that aren't afraid to slay some local sacred cows.

Low Point The brilliant Nottingham-based label that released our debut and is about to put out our new record. They release limited run vinyl of ambient/drone/experimental music. Personal favourites are the cavernous cyclical psychedelia of Kogumaza's eponymous album and Kleefstra/Bakker/Kleefstra's Griis – an intoxicating mixture of rustling field recordings, looped guitars and Frisian poetry that's like a cross between Robert Ashley and Richard Skelton.

The a.P.A.t.T. Orchestra Online presence of The a.P.A.t.T Orchestra – an inclusive ensemble of no fixed size or instrumentation incorporating musicians of all ages, backgrounds and abilities based on the Scratch Orchestra. Since forming in 2009 they have performed works by Terry Riley, John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and Philip Glass; commissioned and premiered new music by Howard Skempton and several Liverpool based composers. They've also undertaken an ambitious concert series that included performances in the crypt of Liverpool's catholic cathedral and a site specific version of Gavin Bryars' The Sinking Of The Titanic in Liverpool's maritime museum. Defined by its inclusivity, lack of pretension and communal enthusiasm, the orchestra continues to cultivate an impressively diverse audience.

Hotel Maids Smile In Unison This is an anonymous Liverpool based bootlegger who came to our attention after capturing a couple of our live shows. No idea who he/she is but their archives cover an esoteric range of all genres with palpable enthusiasm – excellently recorded sets from The Necks, Eugene Chadbourne and several by the a.P.A.t.T Orchestra can be found here. We like their old school dedication to the craft. Listen to tracks by Ex-Easter Island Head here.

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