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BENEDICT TAYLOR & ANTON MOBIN : CLOSE ⎢ QUARTERS
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For An Old Man
Minimal Muck
The Lumber Guy
Lay In The Low
Slicing Ups
Love Song
Clock Rider

Benedict Taylor : viola
Anton Mobin : prepared chamber

Recorded on 4 & 5 September 2017 and mixed in 2018 by Anton Mobin at La Ferme Ta Gueule, Olivet, France.  Mastered at the Sunny Side Inc. studio, Anderlecht (Belgium). Sleeve notes : Guy Peters. Layout : Rutger Zuydervelt

“There never were many reviews of the music of Anton Mobin, mainly because has something to do with him thinking that I didn’t look at his instrument or some such (how does he know?). Of course, there has been no personal communication following that, and as I understand it he is not a fan of this weekly thing, which is fine of course. Mobin uses a prepared chamber,according to the cover (and looks like this), which does look like Tore Boe’s acoustic laptops or Das Synthetische Mischgewebe’s acoustic objects but Mobin’s version also seems to have an electronic component. Here he teams up with Benedict Taylor, who we know from previous Tonus releases and who plays the viola. I was playing this release a couple of times, mainly because I couldn’t make up my mind. I was hearing improvised music and surely the viola can be recognized as such quite a bit in here and yet also not really. It is,
perhaps, that Mobin’s prepared chamber also sometimes sounds like a stringed instrument and at other times like something hard to define; it is the ringing of metal rods, plucking of springs and sometimes even a thing or so electronic/distorted/feedback. Here too we have some fine interaction
between both players and the music owes a bit more than is usual for this label to the world of electro-acoustic improvisation, like a hyperactive version of AMM, Noise Maker’s Fifes, Morphogenesis or Kapotte Muziek, moving around like the angry young man they are. It is very well possible, however, to see a place for this sort of improvisation on this label. ” Vital Weekly – The Netherlands