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Telquan 41:26


Brian Olewnick:
Tim Olive has been putting out generally excellent music for some fifteen years now, much of it undeservedly below the radar. Two new ones should alter that a bit. 'telquan', a duo with Cristián Alvear is utterly striking, an intense exploration of single and paired guitar tones, with at once a rigorous structural feel and a welcome allowance for subtle variations. Quite unlike anything else I've heard from Olive (it's an improvisation, but Alvear's influence is clear)--truly riveting and outstanding. 'Charm Point', a brief set with Sound of the Mountain (Elizabeth Millar & Craig Pedersen) sometimes feels AMM-like, sometimes, when the pulse kicks in, like updated Voice Crack--always rich and imaginative. Do take the time to check them out.

Frans de Waard:
Usually the sparring partners of Tim Olive, magnetic pick-ups player par excellence, are musicians who are also at the edges of radical improvisation, with constructions of their own making, so to see him play in duet with Cristian Alvear is quite a surprise. Alvear is best known as a guitar player and usually to be found in very quiet surroundings. The music they play together is a very fine mix of acoustic sounds and amplification of both the space the guitar is played in and some additional small sounds played by Olive. The sounds produced by Olive are delicate. Towards the even Alvear goes out of shape by gently detuning the strings and thus signalling we are nearing the end of a wonderful forty-one-minute trip. It is something that is both rough and gentle, loud yet quiet and is a great release.


released September 18, 2019

Cristián Alvear: guitar
Tim Olive: magnetic pickups
Recorded in Kobe, October 2017
Catalog Number: 845-14
Format: Glass-mastered CD; hand-stamped, recycled-chipboard cover
Limited Edition of 100
Mixed by Cristián Alvear
Mastered by Alan Jones
Release: September 2019
Cristián Alvear and Tim Olive first played together in October 2016, doing three concerts in Japan. Alvear returned to Japan in October of 2017, and they performed together again, in Kyoto and Osaka, then spent a day recording in Kobe. This single improvised piece is the result of that day. The music is heard as it was recorded, with a few structural edits.


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