Jon Hassell news

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Note: there’s been various recent updates, so I’m reposting this today. Scroll down for the latest.

Jon Hassell: visionary trumpet player, student of Pandit Pran Nath and Karlheinz Stockhausen…

A childhood in Memphis, a classical conservatory education, composition and electronic music study with Stockhausen in Cologne; a passage through the New York minimalist sphere with Terry Riley, Reich, Glass; having a window opened onto the world’s music and a new approach to the trumpet via vocal master Pandit Pran Nath; a questioning and deconstruction of the European dichotomy between classical and popular, sacred and sensual; a pioneer of digital transformation and sampling – all of this led to Fourth World – the unique blend which Jon has described as “worldly music” to underline a more subtle equation at work and to discourage the simplistic labeling of “world,” “jazz,” “classical,” “minimal,” or “ambient.”

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Coming out on 2 June 2014:

JON HASSELL – CITY: WORKS OF FICTION 

Revisitation of a classic 1990 album by a musical pioneer.

Included alongside the original album is ‘The Living City’, a 1989 concert performance at the Wintergarden in New York City mixed live by Brian Eno, and ‘Psychogeography’, a carefully edited sequence of alternate takes, demos and re-interpretations by cutting edge electronic producers that presents a parallel dimension version of the original release.

Features contributions from 808 State, patten, No UFO’s and Bass Clef.

Available as a 3CD casebound edition, or a 2LP + DL card version that sees the original release re-cut as a double album for vastly improved sound.

PRE-ORDER 3CD: http://burningshed.com/store/allsaints/product/508/5677/

PRE-ORDER 2LP: https://www.burningshed.com/store/allsaints/product/508/5678/

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Out on 2 June 2014:

GREATER LENGTHS – AN ALL SAINTS COMPILATION

A selection of highlights from the All Saints label including Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Jon Hassell, Roedelius, John Cale and Laraaji, alongside specially commissioned interpretations by contemporary artists including Bee Mask, patten, Sun Araw, Hieroglyphic Being and James Blackshaw. 29-track double disc compilation. Sleevenotes by Mark Prendergast, author of The Ambient Century.

Track listing

PRE-ORDER: https://bleep.com/release/51175-various-artists-greater-lengths-an-all-saints-compilation

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REMIX EP 2 out on 19 May 2014:

JON HASSELL
REMIXES


4 tracks from the City: Works Of Fiction album reimagined by Bandshell, patten, No UFO’s and Some Truths.

Limited edition 12” vinyl and download.

PRE-ORDER: https://bleep.com/release/51168-jon-hassell-remixes-ep-bandshell-patten-no-ufos-some-truths

Edit: 4/26/2014 news

Jon Hassell Remixes 12″

Reinterpretations of Jon Hassell tracks by Bandshell (Mute), patten (Warp), No UFO’s (Public Information) and Some Truths (Mordant).

3 tracks taken from the ‘Psychogeography’ bonus disc of All Saints expanded reissue of Jon Hassell’s City: Works Of Fiction album plus the Bandshell remix from the ‘Greater Lengths’ All Saints label compilation and remix album. Current producers and artists working in a sympathetic idiom were invited to re-work and re-interpret some of the highlights from the All Saints archive.

For this EP the starting point was original tracks from the City: Works Of Fiction album, radically reinterpreted by the chosen producers, with the resulting version given a new title via a dialogue between Jon and the remixer.

Side A
INVERSION Bandshell – 4:25
version of “Rain”
METAL FATIGUE patten – 5:38
version of “Voiceprint (Blind From The Facts)”

Side B
BA-YA DUB No UFO’s – 5:13
version of “Ba-Ya D”
ELSEWHERE IS A NEGATIVE MIRROR Some Truths – 5:09
version of “Mombasa”


Edit: 5/16/2014 news

Jon Hassell Remixes – TRAILER
from All Saints Records PLUS

Reinterpretations of Jon Hassell tracks by Bandshell (Mute), patten (Warp), No UFO’s (Public Information)
and Some Truths (Mordant Music).

3 tracks taken from the ‘Psychogeography’ bonus disc of All Saints expanded reissue of Jon Hassell’s City: Works Of Fiction album plus the Bandshell remix from the Greater Lengths All Saints label compilation and remix album. Current producers and artists working in a sympathetic idiom were invited to re-work and re-interpret some of the highlights from the All Saints archive.

Released as a limited edition 12″ vinyl and Download EP on 19 May 2014 (3 June in North America).
Trailer Audio: Jon Hassell – Inversion (Bandshell re-work of the City: Works Of Fiction track “Rain”)
Video by Sally Sibbet for Pulse Films

ABOUT JON HASSELL:
A trumpet player, composer and musical conceptualist, Jon Hassell’s career bisects a multitude of strands in the history of the avant-garde and the development of genuinely new forms of music. Having studied under Karl-Heinz Stockhausen in Cologne (alongside future members of the band Can), he played on the original recording of Terry Riley’s In C (1968), was part of La Monte Young’s Theatre Of Eternal Music and studied Kiranic singing with Pandit Pran Nath, all of which informed his own instrumental technique and treatment of the trumpet with various electronic effects. A growing interest in the indigenous music of other cultures led to the invention of his ‘Fourth World’ blend of different styles, first heard on albums such as Vernal Equinox and Earthquake Island in the late-1970s. These caught the ear of Brian Eno, who collaborated with Hassell on the Possible Musics album, and used many of the Fourth World ideas on his My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts album with David Byrne. He has played on albums by artists including Talking Heads (the seminal Remain In Light), Peter Gabriel and Bjork, composed film soundtracks and contributed to theatre works. Jon continues to tour and make new music – he is currently collaborating with techno legends Moritz Von Oswald and Carl Craig for a proposed album on Tresor Records.

Jon Hassell Remixes – TRAILER from All Saints Records on Vimeo.


Edit: 5/29/2014 news

Jon Hassell – City: Works Of Fiction – Expanded Edition Trailer
from All Saints Records PLUS 2 weeks ago NOT YET RATED
Combining his trademark brand of Fourth World fusion with new influences from the emerging hip-hop scene, this 1990 album is a landmark release in Jon Hassell’s career to date. Futuristic sci-fi funk with a completely melted production aesthetic – instruments and samples blur into one another in the manner of the best dub records.

Presented here in a deluxe triple disc edition alongside a 1989 concert performance of the City group, mixed live by Brian Eno, and a carefully edited sequence of alternate takes, demos and re-interpretations by current electronic producers that presents a parallel dimension version of the original release. The vinyl edition features the original album re-cut as a double album for extra wide grooves and improved bass response (the original issue had an hour of music squeezed onto a single piece of vinyl) and a download card with access to the audio content of all 3 discs.

Trailer Audio: Jon Hassell – Voiceprint (Blind From The Facts)
Video by Sally Sibbet for Pulse Films

Jon Hassell – City: Works Of Fiction – Expanded Edition Trailer from All Saints Records on Vimeo.


Edit: 6/2/2014 new…
A 1990 radio interview with Jon Hassell conducted by John Hockenberry.


Edit: 7/8/2014 Spin new interview

Jon Hassell Goes Below the Belt, Challenges Phillip Glass to Dance-Off
Iconic “Fourth World” trumpeter and composer looks back on five decades of sex, drugs, and minimalism
by Andy Beta


Edit: 7/16/2014 new streaming interview on KCRW

L.A. based composer and avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell is revered for his minimalist ambient work. We’ll have a rare visit when he brings a trio to perform select pieces for Morning Becomes Eclectic listeners. LISTEN


Edit: 7/26/2014

New interview: “IF THE MUSIC IS GOOD IT’LL PLAY ANYWHERE”: JON HASSELL ON HIS SEMINAL AMBIENT WORK CITY: WORKS OF FICTION

Some new up dates to Jon’s web site: http://www.jonhassell.com/current.html


Jon Hassell Facebook group
http://www.jonhassell.com
Jon Hassell on this blog

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9 comments
  1. larryy said:

    The link for the 3-CD pre-order of the re-release of City: Works of Fiction is 404. Otherwise it would be ordered by now. 🙂
    The link for the 2LP version is also broken, and redirects through Facebook. Hmm, I suspect the link you want is this:

    https://bleep.com/release/51169-jon-hassell-city-works-of-fiction

    It allows selection of either the CD or LP versions.

    Questions… Do you know if the remixes found on the Remix EP 2 are also present on the 3-CD City? Do you know what the Hassell track(s) is(are) on the All Saints compilation? Also, you mention the remixes will be available by download, but the order page only lists the vinyl; any idea if a download will actually be available?

    Thanks for sharing this info, and for the Facebook group. Any and all recordings by Jon are extremely welcome.

  2. Vibes275 said:

    1. The link for the 2LP still redirects (brokenly, for me, under IE10) through Facebook, to:

    https://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.burningshed.com%2Fstore%2Fallsaints%2Fproduct%2F508%2F5678%2F&h=sAQFLVzJx&enc=AZP96D0lOvGAGPG7lvTVO1nm5VjMcqvarESmoWk-riFD-0cqtr4FsAkbfJUidy0fKzqyoEKUREsbVceHDC19Al3zUY45lOIN60rfdBKm_3fNVV2_YcrVYNyHI5hOpjXmEPn4T1y4W2baLX1HIuNH3zL9&s=1

    rather than to:

    https://www.burningshed.com/store/allsaints/product/508/5678/

    Hover over the link to see what gets displayed in the status bar.

    2. Please request of All Saints / Burning Shed to offer a bundle pre-order deal to customers wishing to purchase both the 2LP and 3CD versions. (I’ve contacted Dominic / Pete to this effect, but am only a single voice!)

    Thanks.

  3. Reblogged this on The Echoes Blog and commented:
    This is a great album from Jon Hassell, one of the many people never talk about but which find Hassell at his conceptual best making the true global music of the future. While your waiting for the future to arrive, listen to this!

  4. Matthew said:

    Hi – I work for Warp, who currently handle the marketing and distribution for All Saints – appreciate the interest in these releases which Jon has had a lot of hands on involvement in and have been a real labour of love! The ‘City’ reissue in particular has been a long time in the making, with re-designed artwork, a hefty booklet with new writing by Jon with thoughts about the album, the live at Wintergarden disc restored from Jon’s audio (desk recording), the ‘Psychogeography’ disc which is a carefully edited and sequenced selection (by Jon) of outtakes, demos, and alternate versions, mixed in with the new re-works. The vinyl also sees the original album re-cut as a double LP for improved bass response (the original vinyl crammed an hours worth of music onto 1 vinyl LP so sound quality not so great). All the tracks on CDs 2 & 3 are included on a download card with the 2LP edition. To answer the questions so far:

    – 3 of the remixes on the 12″ EP (patten, No UFO’s and Some Truths) are included on disc 3 of the ‘City’ reissue. 1 of the remixes (Bandshell) is not on the ‘City’ reissue but is included on the ‘Greater Lengths’ various artists compilation. Slightly confusing I know. This wasn’t a cynical attempt to spread the tracks across multiple products – Jon just felt the Bandshell remix didn’t fit the ‘Psychogeography’ sequence, and in order for it to have a CD release it was included on the comp.

    – Greater Lengths includes “Streetfaxx” (originally on the ‘Voiceprint’ EP as you probably know) on Disc 1, and the Bandshell Remix on “Rain” (re-titled “Inversion” by Jon) on Disc 2. Full tracklisting here: http://exclaim.ca/News/all_saints_records_celebrates_its_past_future_with_new_comp_featuring_brian_eno_john_cale_roedelius

    – I’ll talk to Burning Shed about a format bundle deal for the 3CD + 2LP – I assumed people would want one format or another, but if there’s demand for both I’ll see what can be worked out

    – I’ll be posting up more news and previewing music from the reissue over the next few weeks at the All Saints FB page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Saints-Records/521277194618092

    – Any other questions please let me know!

  5. Vibes275 said:

    Hi Matthew,

    I’ve “stuck my oar in” again!
    Please expect to hear from Burning Shed in due course.

    Cheers,
    [Long-time Sheffield resident (20+ years) and Warp supporter (ditto).]

  6. Vibes275 said:

    So…continuing this conversation with myself… 😉

    …I’m pleased to confirm that the good folk at Burning Shed (with whom I have no connection, other than as a customer), have made available an attractively-priced bundle for anyone requiring both the 2LP and 3CD vwersions.

    Pre-order link here: https://www.burningshed.com/store/allsaints/product/508/5712/

    Enjoy!

    • matthew382 said:

      Yes, spoke to Burning Shed this morning and sorted out a deal on the bundle – thanks for bringing this up. Hope you enjoy the Jon Hassell reissues and glad to hear you’re a Warp fan as well!

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