There’s something about Marcus Fischer’s music that fits this season. Last year, a lot of listeners shared how the snowstorms they were homebound by were the perfect backdrop to Marcus’s reflections. As another year closes, I am so excited to share another conversation with this wonderful artist. This isn’t something I expected, but Marcus has been really giving of his time and it was his suggestion to do a follow-up. In the spirit of the season, I’m very thankful to have gotten to know him better.
Since episode 5, Marcus has been (for lack of a much better word) busy. He completed the Rauschenberg Residency and released the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Monocoastal’ — ‘Loss’, which is absolutely stunning. He established an experimental power trio with Paul Dickow and William Selman called Wild Card, which toured with High Plains at the end of this past summer. He’s been performing with Lisa Schonberg’s Secret Drum Band. He recorded another collaboration with 12k’s Taylor Deupree called ‘Lowlands’. And I’m sure I’m missing something.
This episode digs beyond his output as an artist to explore the internal processes that inform his approach, especially as an improviser.
As always, the music from each of these projects and partnerships weaves throughout the episode, which can all be purchased as digital or characteristically breathtaking physical objects on Bandcamp.
Grab a warm cup of tea and dive in.
‘Loss’ on 12k
‘Lowlands’ on IIKKI
Marcus Fischer’s back catalog
Secret Drum Band
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My guest for this episode is Karl Fousek, an improviser who has spent the last five years crafting an incredible archive of live modular performances and studio albums. As a deeply devoted fan of experimental and electronic music and by dedicating himself to the mastery of his tools as a single instrument, Karl has developed a compositional agility which helps him explore new directions of form. His latest release, ‘Two Pieces For a Contemporary Connection’, is an inspiring hybrid of live improvisations and rehearsal recordings.
Beyond his work as a solo synthesist, Fousek also plays with Devon Hansen and Roger Tellier-Craig — a partnership which bore the very well-received ‘No Sound Without A Misunderstanding’ and most recently, ‘No Image In Particular’.
I’m so excited to share this episode. Through our conversation, Karl covers everything from his approaches to longform performances, building patches that are mutable yet structured, learning a modular system as an instrument, collaborating with others, and how he navigates uncanny sounds.
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This episode features the inimitable and joyful Nick Sanborn. Nick produces solo electroacoustic works under Made of Oak and is one half of Sylvan Esso. He also has spent extensive time touring with Chris Roseneau and is a member of the trio Cedar AV.
The works featured are from many of Nick’s projects, including a remix for Cedar AV member Erik (He Can Jog).
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