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Fractal Guitar 2 Remixes

by Stephan Thelen

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    Contains two full remixes (from Bill Laswell and Jah Wobble) plus an edited version of 'Point of Inflection (Stephan Thelen Remix)

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    Fractal Guitar 2 Remixes (6 tracks)

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about

Fractal Guitar 2 remains one of my own favorite albums, not just for musical reasons and because it is driven by such a huge life-affirming power, but also because it was such an enjoyable working experience in which many of my musician friends sent me file after file after file of amazing and spellbinding music. In the end, there were so many tracks that ultimately did not make it to the album, but were simply too good to just let go of. A good example is Andi Pupato’s Middle Eastern percussion track for my remix of ‚Point of Inflection’ which wasn’t quite right for the main album, but set the stage for the very different vibe of the remix.

Also, while preparing the mixes for Fractal Guitar 2, it became clear that the extensive material for this album had the potential to be remixed and remodeled in many different ways. Knowing that some of my friends were excellent and creative remixers, I reached out to see who would be compelled to re-imagine the pieces. A big thank you to Bill Laswell, Jah Wobble, David Torn and Barry Cleveland for their incredible remix skills and musical imagination. In an e-mail written after hearing Bill Laswell’s remix, Barry wrote to me: „This is fascinating on multiple levels. A sort of master class, really …Even King Tubby would raise his eyebrows at that schnizzle.“ Of course, he’s right.

All tracks written by Stephan Thelen except Ladder to the Stars
written by Stephan Thelen & Fabio Anile and Point of Inflection
written by Stephan Thelen & Barry Cleveland.

Recorded at various locations across Europe and North America
between November 2019 and July 2020.

Recording engineer at MegaSonic, Oakland, California: Jeremy Goody.

Andy Brugger’s drums recorded by Reto Muggli at Powerplay Sudio B,
Zürich, Switzerland. Manuel Pasquinelli’s drums recorded by Benno
Kaiser at his studio in Aarau, Switzerland.

Jah Wobble’s remix performed at Airtight Productions,
Manchester, England, July 2020. Engineering by Seadna McPhail.

Bill Laswell’s mix translation performed at
Orange Music, West Orange, New Jersey, June 2020.
Engineering, editing and processing by
James Dellatacoma.

David Torn appears courtesy of ECM Records.

Reviews:

echoesanddust.com/2022/02/stephan-thelen-fractal-guitar-2-remixes/

dmme.net/stephan-thelen-fractal-guitar-2-remixes/

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released December 3, 2021

01 POINT OF INFLECTION (Stephan Thelen Remix)

David Torn: electric guitar, live looping
Jon Durant: fretless guitar, cloud guitar
Barry Cleveland: 6 &12-string guitars, bowed guitar, chopped guitar, fuzz orchestration
Markus Reuter: soundscapes
Tim Motzer: electric guitar
Andi Pupato: percussion
Andy Brugger: drums
Stephan Thelen: electric guitar, fender bass, granular synth, mix translation

Original Version written by Stephan Thelen and Barry Cleveland.

02 LADDER TO THE STARS (Jah Wobble Remix)

Henry Kaiser: electric guitar
Chris Muir: electric guitar, live looping
Markus Reuter: touch
guitar U8, soundscapes
Jon Durant: filtered and sliced cloud guitar
Fabio Anile: electric piano
Andy West: bass guitar
Andi Pupato: percussion
Manuel Pasquinelli: drums
Jah Wobble: mix translation
Stephan Thelen: electric guitar, keyboards

Mix translation by Jah Wobble at Airtight Productions, Manchester,
England, July 2020. Engineering by Seadna McPhail.

Original Version written by Stephan Thelen and Fabio Anile..

03 CELESTIAL NAVIGATION (Stephan Thelen Remix)

Markus Reuter: touch guitar U8, soundscapes
Bill Walker: electric guitar, lap steel
Andi Pupato: percussion
Manuel Pasquinelli: drums
Stephan Thelen: fractal guitar, fender bass, e-bow, keyboards, mix translation

Original Version written by Stephan Thelen.

04 POINT OF INFLECTION (David Torn Mix)

David Torn: electric guitar, live looping, mix
Jon Durant: cloud guitar
Barry Cleveland: 6 &12-string guitars, bowed guitar, chopped guitar, fuzz orchestration
Markus Reuter: soundscapes
Andi Pupato: percussion
Andy Brugger: drums
Stephan Thelen: electric guitar, fender bass, granular synth

Mixed and Mastered by David Torn.

Original Version written by Stephan Thelen and Barry Cleveland.

05 MERCURY TRANSIT (Barry Cleveland Remix)

Barry Cleveland: 6 & 12-string guitars, bowed guitar, revox loops, zither, singing bowls, bowed cymbal, electronics, mix translation
Jon Durant: VCS3 guitar
Markus Reuter: soundscapes
Michael Manring: bass guitar
Andi Pupato: percussion
Andy Brugger: drums
Stephan Thelen: electric guitar, e-bow, keyboards

Mix translation by Barry Cleveland.
Mastered by David Torn.

Original Version written by Stephan Thelen.

06 POINT OF INFLECTION (Bill Laswell Mix Translation)

Bill Laswell: bass, electronics, mix translation
David Torn: electric guitar, live looping
Jon Durant: fretless guitar, cloud guitar
Barry Cleveland: 6 &12-string guitars, bowed guitar,
chopped guitar, fuzz orchestration
Markus Reuter: soundscapes
Andi Pupato: percussion
Andy Brugger: drums
Stephan Thelen: electric guitar, fender bass, granular synth

Mix translation by Bill Laswell, Orange Music, West Orange, New Jersey, June 2020. Engineering, editing and processing by James Dellatacoma.

Original Version written by Stephan Thelen and Barry Cleveland.

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Stephan Thelen Switzerland

Stephan Thelen is a composer, musician and mathematician based in Zürich, Switzerland. He is best known as composer, artistic director and guitarist of the Swiss minimal groove band SONAR and for his composition "Circular Lines", commisioned, played and recorded by the KRONOS QUARTET. ... more

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