Bakers Of The Lost Future

by I Belong To The Band

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Physical copies housed in stylish 6-panel double digipack with transparent tray are available to order from 15 August, 2016

Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg: voice
Adam Bohman: acoustic & amplified objects
Zsolt Sőrés: viola, toy synthesizers, circuit bent toys, dictaphone tapes, lo-­fi sound sources, contact microphones, effects, objects
Oliver Mayne: vibraphone, synthesizers, contact microphones, effects, objects
Katalin Ladik: voice on "Poets Of The Absurd On Chalk"

Track 1 recorded at Bioton Rehearsal Space, Budapest, 13/12/2010; engineered by Dávid Fehér & Csaba Füle, mixed by Dávid Fehér at Noise Lab Studio
Track 2 recorded live at Roham, Budapest, 11/12/2010; engineered by Csaba Füle, edited by Zsolt Sőrés, pre-mastered by Szabolcs Puha at Stray Dog Studio
Track 3 recorded live at Fuga, Budapest, 27/9/2013; engineered & pre-mastered by Zsolt Sőrés
Track 4 recorded live at Mika Tivadar Mulató, Budapest, 25/9/2013; engineered by Dávid Tamás Pap, pre-mastered by Zsolt Sőrés

Mastered by Szabolcs Puha at Stray Dog Studio, 2 & 6/6/2016
Collages by Adam Bohman
Photo by Peter Strickland
Graphic design by László Szakács
Thanks to László Juhász, Sándor Győrffy, Rudolf Szilágyi, Tamás Kürthy, Ernő Zoltán Rubik, Zoltán Papp, András Juhász, Peter Strickland

It was only meant to be for one night. In 2010, I invited Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg and Adam Bohman to Budapest to appear in a demonstration version of my second feature film, Berberian Sound Studio. Since these two wayward musicians were travelling all the way from Brussels and London for just a few hours of filming, it made sense for them to try and squeeze in another activity during down time. The Hungarian musician Zsolt Sőrés knew Messrs Van Schouwburg and Bohman well enough to organise an evening of musical improvisation with them and Budapest-based English musician Oliver Mayne. They christened themselves I Belong To The Band, and despite the ad hoc nature of their initial appointment, their first concert was a wonderful occasion and naturally, since then they have played again and again over the years. Now we have their first album, Bakers Of The Lost Future, with a heady mix of atmospherics culled from both live and studio sojourns in which the inimitable voice maestro Van Schouwburg navigates through a spatially intense broth of vibraphones, violas and amplified objects. The phenomenal Katalin Ladik makes a guest appearance on Poets Of The Absurd On Chalk with her ineffable vocal apparitions. What I find most gratifying about this formidable double album is how it all came together so seemingly effortlessly. Bakers Of The Lost Future was made in a spirit of curiosity and cooperation in which the musicians involved threw themselves into the moment, listening to one another and reporting back with their own interpretations of the sonic environment around them. I was wrong when I thought it was only going to be for one night.

Peter Strickland
July 2016

Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (1955) is an improvising singer and vocal performer from Waterloo, Belgium. He has developed throat singing, overtone, jodel, mouth sound, falsetto, and multiphonic techniques and invented several unique languages since the nineties. He is working with the trios Sureau with Jean Demey and Kris Vanderstraete, and Trio 876 with Matthias Boss and Marcello Magliocchi; and has recorded albums with Paul Dunmall, John Russell, Lawrence Casserley, Adam Bohman and Marjolaine Charbin.

London-based experimental musician and artist Adam Bohman (1959) has been operating on the outer fringes of underground music for decades. Working with home-built instruments, found objects, tape cut-ups, collages, ink drawings and graphic scores. Favouring acoustic sounds over electronics, he explores the minute tendrils of sounds coaxed from any number of non-musical instruments and objects. He is a member of British experimental groups Morphogenesis, The Bohman Brothers, Secluded Bronte and The London Improvisers Orchestra.

Zsolt Sőrés (1969) is an improvising intuitive musician, experimental sound artist, editor and writer based in Budapest, Hungary. His music characterised by formation strategies and immediate transitions; the use of unstable acoustic systems and continuous sound layers, which can develop towards a sound economy. His recent collaborations in the context of improvised music include performances with Franz Hautzinger, Isabelle Duthoit, Christian Kobi, Christian Skjød, Thanos Chrysakis, Richard Barrett and Richard Scott. / ahadmaster.blogspot.com

Experimental vibraphone, electronics and analogue synthesizer player Oliver Mayne (1971) first encountered improvisation in a duo with a Brazilian pianist whilst living in Nottingham, England, but got more seriously involved in the adventurous side of music after moving to London, attending the weekly improvisation workshops run by Eddie Prévost of legendary British improvisation group AMM. He has been involved in various recordings through the years, including releases on Glitterhouse, Clinical Archives and Aural Terrains.

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