John Chantler / Isnaj Dui / In Atoms
Originally from Australia but now a long-time UK resident after a stint in Japan, Chantler will release his third solo LP for the ROOM40 label in early 2014. ‘Even Clean Hands Damage the Work’ (recorded for the most part at the hallowed EMS studios in Stockholm) follows ‘The Luminous Ground’ – released in 2011 and included in The WIRE magazine’s top releases of that year. That was his first LP release focusing on the analog/digital modular synth system he first explored as part of the trio LP with Lawrence English and Tujiko Noriko – 2009′s ‘U’. Live, he patches a versatile system capable of self-generated, shifting patterns of sliding arpeggios and visceral noise, pointillist interjections and infinitely variable texture. Chantler’s next release – the second volume in his Automatic Music series – will be released via The Tapeworm.
Standing awkwardly between neo-impressionism and electronica, Isnaj Dui (real name Katie English) conveys a minimal yet capturing sound using electronically manipulated flutes and homemade instruments.
Cited as a distinct voice, taking the flute away from its pastoral image whilst maintaining its unique mellow sound, English has released several critically acclaimed albums including 2010's Protective Displacement (Rural Colours) and Unstable Equilibrium (Home Normal, 2009). She has appeared at venues such as the National Portrait Gallery and Union Chapel in London and has received extensive play on Radio 3's Late Junction and BBC 6 Music.
As a classically trained flautist, English has also studied electroacoustic music, alternative tunings and Balinese gamelan. Working without laptop processing, English uses the pure tones of concert and bass flutes alongside home made dulcimers and electronics to create immersive yet restrained textures that weave in and out of each other.
"...never tranquil, seething out of my dirty old pelt, out of my skull, oh to be in atoms, in atoms!" (Samuel Beckett, All That Fall)
Stunning ambient/drone/noise/none-of-the-above from Liverpool.