ASTRO BLACK: 'IS LOVE THE BLOOD OF THE UNIVERSE?'
Astro Black is a fine-meshed interplay between large-scale acoustic sounds and electronic deconstruction. In this 'big band reduction' lies a gem with many facets and you might even discover a melodramatic love song, a meditation, a murderous attitude or an embracing comment on kitsch.
Astro Black started out in 2004 as an acoustic ensemble with a double quartet of acoustic instruments playing patterns and lines 'in stereo'. Sporadic performances at special events in Denmark led to an enhancement of the concept, and during the years and the orchestra grew to as many as 22 musicians and also included electronic live sound manipulation. In 2008 the band was reduced to a minimum of members, now with an intentional focus on the electronic possibilities of live sound manipulation, and as a live ensemble Astro Black now comes in many different shapes and sizes.
A1 Astro [5"37']
B1 Black [4"20']
Kirk Mingle: composition & conducting Chr S: composition & elektronics
Also appearing: Thomas Hamilton (tympani), Kristian Thor Helboe (drums), Christian Skjødt (drums), Rasmus Boje (bass), Dennis O Nielsen (bass), Michael Bundgaard (keys), Kasper Bjerg (keys), Jesper Christiansen (guitar), Mikkel Ring (guitar), Lars von Lillienskjold (baritone sax), Frank Wommelsdorff (tenor sax), Jakob Skov (alto sax), Johan Knudsen (alto sax), Morten Lund (trombone), Jonas Munkholm Lindh (trombone), Frank Bastrup (trombone), Frank Sørensen (trombone), Thomas Ingemann (trompet), Jakob Sørensen (trompet) & Kristoffer Jørgensen (elektronics)
Recorded & mixed in Aalborg, 2006/2008
Mastered & cut: Lupo, d&m, Berlin
All music by Astro Black
Orange 7" vinyl single
300 numbered copies
Free digital download
Released May 2009
Catalogue no. TONOM081