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John Chantler; Still Light, Outside

1703 Skivbolaget
1703 001 LP
Long Playing Record
"Still Light, Outside is the fourth album by John Chantler. Originally from Australia but living outside that country for well over a decade, this record marks his exodus from London (where he lived for most of this time) and his relocation to Sweden. Over the four month period leading up to his departure, Chantler made several hours of raw recordings of the pipe organ at London’s St John-at-Hackney church. These were then subject to extended processing at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion EMS and combined with additional electronic parts created there.

Still Light, Outside is an extended suite in four parts that combines passages of stark minimalism centred at the bodily invasive extremes of the organ’s register with striking explosions of colour; massed chords shot through with heavy distortion and electronics that operate according to their own dream logic. The music on the LP was premiered in a slightly altered form as part of a St John Sessions concert at St John at Hackney in November 2014.

Whilst realised over a relatively short timespan, Still Light had an extended period of gestation - Chantler first worked with a pipe organ on a project with Carina Thorén (For Barry Ray) soundtracking the a short film by the artist Lucy Pawlak in 2010. He also performed a concert in early 2012 at the Unitarian Church in Cambridge - only finding out the organ was available upon arrival at the venue that day. The recording of that concert was included as part of the Touch Radio series.

This release is the first on 1703 Skivbolaget - a new label set up by the artist. No stranger to releasing records, Chantler worked for several years with Lawrence English on his ROOM40 imprint and was also responsible for initiating OTOROKU in 2012 - the in-house label at London’s Cafe OTO where he was senior producer from 2011-2014.

Chantler’s three previous LPs were all released on ROOM40. Even Clean Hands Damage the Work (2014) included the first output from his time at EMS. It followed The Luminous Ground – released in 2011 and included in The WIRE magazine’s top releases of that year. The Luminous Ground was his first LP release focusing on the modular synthesizer system he first explored as part of the trio LP with Lawrence English and Tujiko Noriko – 2009′s U.

In concert Chantler patches a versatile system capable of spontaneous change - from self-generated, shifting patterns of sliding arpeggios and visceral noise to pointillist interjections, near silence and infinitely variable texture. Initiated in 2011 with a private edition LP, Chantler’s ‘Automatic Music’ series resumed in 2014 with a second volume on cassette via The Tapeworm and volume three coming as a 40 minute digital download of Automatic Music for Henry Flynt."


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