„A Zürich-New York sonic summit where minimalist groove meets maximum dub.“ (Anil Prasad, Innerviews)
released April 26, 2019
Remixes created at Orange Music, West Orange, NJ, July 3 - 6, 2018
Bill Laswell: mix translation, bass, electronics
Engineering: James Dellatacoma
Original tracks available on "Vortex" by Sonar with David Torn
RareNoiseRecords RNR 087 (CD & LP)
Published by RareNoisePublishing (PRS)
David Torn: electric guitar, live looping
Stephan Thelen: tritone guitar
Bernhard Wagner: tritone guitar
Christian Kuntner: tritone bass
Manuel Pasquinelli: drums
“Vortex” written by Stephan Thelen
“Monolith” written by Stephan Thelen and David Torn
Very special thanks to Anil Prasad and Trey Gunn
David Torn appears courtesy of ECM Records
From the very first idea to the finished remixes, this project took exactly 9 days. Stephan Thelen tells the story:
Day 1 (June 28, 2018): "I'm having dinner with Bill Laswell shortly", my friend Anil Prasad wrote me in an e-mail, "I bet he could create some amazing (Sonar) remixes if you wanted to."
Yes, please, I want...
11 hours later, Anil wrote: "Bill said he can do 2 songs of your choosing for remixes. He wants to do them soon because his schedule is about to become insane."
Day 2 (June 29, 2018): I contacted Yoko Yamabe, Bill's manager, and she asks me to send the soundfiles of the 2 tracks to Bill's engineer James Dellatacoma.
Day 3 (June 30, 2018): After speaking with Anil and the band, I decide to send Bill the multitracks of "Vortex" and "Monolith".
Day 4 (July 1, 2018): James confirms the safe download of all soundfiles.
Day 5 (July 2, 2018): Yoko writes: "Bill is looking forward to starting the project."
Day 6 (July 3, 2018): Bill and James start remixing at Orange Music, West Orange, New Jersey.
Day 7 (July 4, 2018): remixing continues
Day 8 (July 5, 2018): Bill sends me an e-mail: "Hi Stephan, just wanted to let you know that I've been working on the remixes. should have something by tomorrow late afternoon. will get in touch with you asap.
Day 9 (July 6, 2018): The remixes are finished. Bill writes: "Hi Stephan, sending 2 mixes, put a lot of time into it.. felt good...i hope you like them...Bill."
I like :-)