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Released:February 29th, 2016

Hello and welcome to 0033 survey of Classwar Karaoke.  


This survey is different from the thirty-two which proceed it. For our 33rd survey, we decided to temporarily dispense with the usual open call - which has hitherto been a constant and defining feature of the Classwar Karaoke surveys since they began in May 2008. There was no special significance to 0033 itself; rather, it was felt, by Anthony and Jaan, that the format should be shaken up, with established routines - albeit productive ones - deliberately perturbed, augmented and re-imagined. Surveys 0034 and 0035, and perhaps beyond, will similarly be remodelled. In essence, we want to do what we have always sought to do - that is, create conditions for new creative collaborations and personal associations; thus reinvigorating one of the central and most precious and interesting aspects of the whole enterprise. So many people have met via these quarterly surveys; and we want to keep that potential alive and valid. Classwar Karaoke has always evolved, with attempts made constantly to keep things as dynamic as possible. We, meaning everyone involved, can claim some success in this. Not for nothing have we been patronised and supported both by artists with huge international reputations and by those who have been with us, survey upon survey, for many years - but, crucially, with supposed knowns and supposed unknowns always presented equally, arranged alphabetically, with no headline acts in bold and others in grey. Take us at our word. The name of this project, though playful, should be understood literally. Classwar Karaoke will never deviate from this ethos. 


So, as a practical first foray into the desired shake-up, two projects were proposed, and the call for interested parties was made - with the explanation that no open call would follow for this survey. As ever, the response was fantastic and exciting. Project 1 would be comprised of a series of duos, trios and quartets, with personnel divined by chance procedures .... that is, names on bits of paper, screwed up into balls, and plucked out randomly. Once members were established, they were left to compose and interact as they liked in the usual way, simply having the 10 minutes-per-piece limitation and the deadline to contend with.


These were drawn out as follows: 

QUARTET 1: Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Geoff Leigh, Anthony Donovan and Pixyblink; TRIO 1: Hopek Quirin, Mark Browne and Neal D Retke; TRIO 2: Stefan Brand Stifter, Jaan Patterson and Paulo Chagas; DUO 1: Siegfried K‰rcher and John Bisset; QUARTET 2: Arthur Henry Fork, Ton Haring, Craig S. Wilson and Anthony Osborne; TRIO 3: Neil McIntee, Jay Decosta Peele and Lee Riley; DUO 2: Peterson Ruiz and ND Dentico; QUARTET 3: Jeff Potter, Susanne Hafenscher, Vincent Bergeron and Antonio de Braga; TRIO 4: Chris Bywater, Juan Antonio Nieto and Hubert Heathertoes; DUO 4: Wilhelm Matthies and Jared C. Balogh; QUARTET 4: Richard Fontenoy, Carlos Ramirez, Igor Jovanovic and AG Davis; TRIO 5: Kelly Dain Anderson, Tim Iserman and David Nadeau; DUO 5: Paul Bunyan and Damien Olsen; TRIO 6: Chris Silver T, Mike Fibes and Roger Stevens; DUO 7: Patrizio Pica and Mauro Sambo; DUO 8: Philip Lucking and Cabrini Green. A further two duos, nominated as DUO 3 and DUO 6, respectively, did not result in material being submitted. Some groups devised names for themselves and titles for their pieces, others did not. In the latter case, a given duo, say, was credited as DUO 2, with it's piece being called 'Untitled'. In every case, full credit is given on the Classwar Karaoke blog and on the applicable Free Music Archive sidebar, as always.  


As Project 2, a series of four so-called Linear Chains were also proposed, with members again divined by chance procedures, and similarly with the 10 minutes-per-piece limitation. The initial ambition was to host two such chains, each with ten members. In the event, interest went beyond that, and thirty-seven people volunteered, enough for four chains, albeit with the fourth being comprised of seven rather than ten participants. As things developed, for differing reasons, two members of different chains dropped out - leaving one chain of ten, two chains of nine and one chain of seven. The idea with this project was that the first person in a chain made material, passed it to the second for their additions and alterations, who then passed it to the next, and so on, until the last person finished the piece and submitted it. Given the limited time-frame, the numbers of steps involved and, in many cases, the unfamiliarity between members, this worked out exceptionally well. Some members set-up special 'secret' Facebook groups or message-threads, aiding admin and organisation, and in which wider discussions took place. In some cases, as with the duos/trios/quartets strand, group names and titles were decided upon; where they were not, the chain itself was merely given its designated number and the piece was, again, titled as 'Untitled'.    


The chains were as follows: LINEAR CHAIN ONE: (1) Paulo Chagas (2) Richard Fontenoy (3) John Jasnoch (4) Stefan Brand Stifter (5) Antonio de Braga (6) ÿystein J¯rgensen (7) Anthony Donovan (8) Sebastien Branche (9) Hopek Quirin;  LINEAR CHAIN TWO: (1) Igor Jovanovic (2) Neal D Retke (3) Cabrini Green (4) Anthony Osborne (5) Susanne Hafenscher (6) Philip Lucking (7) Paul Bunyan (8) Jaan Patterson  (9) Arthur Henry Fork (10) Jukka-Pekka Kervinen; LINEAR CHAIN THREE: 

(1) Lee Riley (2) Neil McIntee (3) Peterson Ruiz (4) Ton Haring (5) Juan Antonio Nieto (6) Jeff Potter (7) Nick Endee Ocitned 

(8) Jay Decosta Peele (9) Mark Browne; LINEAR CHAIN FOUR: (1) Marcin Tomczak (2) AG Davis (3) Chris Bywater (4) Jonny Martin (5) Siegfried K‰rcher (6) Hubert Heathertoes (7) Jared C. Balogh


In addition, and intentionally within a few short days of the deadline itself, as a Project 3, a call was made for SOLO pieces. 


Thanks to everyone who took part, indulging us in this experiment. Your faith in us is a lovely thing, and it was all lots of fun. 


The result of this endeavour speaks for itself. The material is exceptional. Lend 0033 survey your ears. 




{AN} EeL: Mucky's Happy Resort / solo piece by Neal D. Retke


AG Davis: Jazz Got Fuck'd / solo piece


Anthony Donovan: Goya Moog for Jaan Patterson / solo piece / dedicated to my bruder and soul-mate, with love and respect 


Anthony Osborne: Babel Fallen, Still Echoes Away / solo piece / Anthony Osborne: electronics and treatments. Anthony Osborne is a composer and improvising  musician and the proud owner of two cats


Balog and Matthies: (piano & mosesa7C) / DUO 4 


Berthelot: Une sombre histoire de palourde japonaise / solo piece /


Cabrini Green and Phil Lucking: My Goliath / DUO 8


Chicago Word Brigade and Brass-Lines: Imaginary Meeting at Cafe Rosenberg / group piece originally received for 0033 survey before the open call was discontinued, and allow in both on that basis and because its methodology echoed that of 0033 survey / Chicago - Cafe Rosenberg (ReykjavÌk) - D¸sseldorf / chicago_word_brigade (granex_plubar_monocrostix/Charlie Newman)óborn in Newark, NJ (where the bodies are buried)óis a poet and a veteran of r&r, rock, jazz, punk, artnoise, electronic, experimental, and industrial-damage bands / brass-lines (Frank Wilke)óborn in Ruhr-District Germanyóis a trombone and trumpet player with roots in free improvised jazz music / contact: f-d-wilke[at]versanet[dot]de


Chris Bywater: Unknown Third Party / solo piece


Damien Olsen and Bunfly: However / DUO 5 


Damien Olsen: The Guitar Player / solo piece


Fiver's Stereo: Namaste / solo piece by Jay Decosta Peele 


Formated Shop Trio: Undo Do / TRIO 2 - comprised of Stefan Brand Stifter, Jaan Patterson and Paulo Chagas 


GAKK: Wall of Skulls / QUARTET 1 - comprised of Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Geoff Leigh, Anthony Donovan and Pixyblink


Hujuch: Tingly Nice Surgery / TRIO 4 - comprised of Chris Bywater, Juan Antonio Nieto and Hubert Heathertoes


Hyaena Fierling: All the Roses of Isfahan Aflame / solo piece / (PT/UK) / 


Jukka-PekkaKervinen: Classified Width / solo piece / experimental improvisation 


K.T. Reeder: Immigrant Rebellion / solo piece / The piece is about the issues surrounding the constant denigration of immigrant working class humans who are abused and insulted by the ruling elites. The piece deals with the tensions surrounding mass migration and the resistance from tory elites to acknowledge the problem or share their resources with migrants. The refugee crisis is commented on here with the piece dealing with the ridiculous state of affairs where the wealthy urban and rural elites are in denial about the scale of the problem instead ignoring it whilst people die and suffer. It all rests on racist ideologies perpetuated by the elites and wealthy who prefer colonial ideals which suite their own abusive and inhumane interests 


LIL: Knife Making Mantra / solo piece by Marcin Tomczak /  improvised session for manipulated analog synthesizer and electric guitar, recorded in February 2016


Linear Chain 1: Untitled / nine person linear chain piece - comprised of, in chain order, Paulo Chagas, Richard Fontenoy, John Jasnoch, Stefan Brand Stifter, Antonio de Braga, ÿystein J¯rgensen, Anthony Donovan, Sebastien Branche and Hopek Quirin  


Linear Chain 4: TheWolfTonesIndiscreetlyRoamThicketsHappyiness / seven person linear chain piece - comprised of, in chain order, Marcin Tomczak, AG Davis, Chris Bywater, Jonny Martin, Siegfried K‰rcher, Hubert Heathertoes and Jared C. Balogh / the title of the piece was formed by each successive person adding a word. The misspelling of happiness by Balogh was intentional


Mauro Sambo and Ben Presto: 9 gennaio 2016 / DUO 7 - comprised of Mauro Sambo and Patrizio Pica / Mauro Sambo: percussion and electronics; Ben Presto (aka Patrizio Pica): samples 


MOST: Esta Estu Esti / solo piece by Zoran Peternelj / MOST is one of the sound projects from Zoran Peternelj, a solo artist from Nazarje, Slovenia, working on experimental ambient soundart, poetry and art in general. His sound projects are MOST, oja & Zoran. Zoranís goal is love and understanding through sound, words and photo stillnes. Accepting the unknown and free minded creativity /


Paulo Chagas: Ducamandro / solo piece / Paulo Chagas: oboe and water wind


Qkcofse: Despotism of Pleasure / solo piece 


Quartet 2: Untitled / comprised of Arthur Henry Fork, Ton Haring, Craig S Wilson and Anthony Osborne


Quartet 3: Untitled / comprised of Jeff Potter, Susanne Hafenscher, Vincent Bergeron and Antonio de Braga


Quartet 4: Subconscious Fears / comprised of Richard Fontenoy, Carlos Ramirez, Igor Jovanovic and AG Davis


Reineke Trabouliste Wilke: carr+ blanc / group piece originally received for 0033 survey before the open call was discontinued, and allow in both on that basis and because its methodology echoed that of 0033 survey / Markus Reineke - mey, sipsi

Trabouliste - modular synthesizer

Frank Wilke (aka brass-lines) - trumpet, trombone


Reineke - Trabouliste - Wilke 'carrÈ blanc'.mp3


Remembering Kasimir Sewerinowitsch Malewitsch (1878-1935). Free collective improvisation recorded on 22 November 2015 at SteinhagenStudios Hattingen/Germany Markus Reineke Trabouliste and me. Recorded during a long afternoon session, late November 2015. We called it 'carrÈ blanc' in remembrance of Kasimir Malewitch and his work


Roger Stevens, Chris Silver T and Fibreman: Other People's Faces / TRIO 6 / Roger Stevens: Original sound sources; Chris Silver T: Percussion; Fibreman: Synthesizer and processing


Ross Lambert: 10-05-2015, 08_10am / solo piece / Clip is from a field recording by myself at 51 Rue Polonceau, Paris at 8:10am on Sunday 10 May 2015. Me playing a Gretsch 'Clipper' guitar unamplified indoors 


Siegfried Kärcher and John Bisset: Ground Control / DUO 1 


Subversive Intentions: When It Came / solo piece by ND Dentico / ND Dentico: fretless bass /


Ten Machine: Convolutions / ten person linear chain, dubbed LINEAR CHAIN 2, comprised of, in chain order, Igor Jovanovic, Neal D Retke, Cabrini Green, Anthony Osborne, Susanne Hafenscher, Philip Lucking, Paul Bunyan, Jaan Patterson, Arthur Henry Fork and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen 


The Cypress Experiment: Latent Glass Chamber / TRIO 5 - comprised of Kelly Dain Anderson, Tim Iserman and David Nadeau / David Nadeau: guitar; Kelly Dain Anderson: keyboard; Tim Iserman: keyboard


The Third Chain: Wrongly Perceived / nine person linear chain, dubbed LINEAR CHAIN 3, comprised of, in chain order, Lee Riley, Neil McIntee, Peterson Ruiz, Ton Haring, Juan Antonio Nieto, Jeff Potter, Nick Endee Ocitned, Jay Decosta Peele and Mark Browne 


Ton Haring: Form / solo piece / Ton Haring: electronics, guitar and processing / features the processed voice of Bernard Dumaine 


Trio 1: Panther's Eye / comprised of Hopek Quirin, Mark Browne and Neal D Retke / Neal D Retke: voice and keyboard; Mark Browne: saxophone and Percussion; Hopek Quirin: voices and cassettes


Trio 3: Untitled / comprised of Neil McIntee, Jay Decosta Peele and Lee Riley


Zilmrah: Suspended Animation / solo piece 


Ziurmuzik and Nick Endee Ocitned: Alien Samba Kollage and Subversive Intentions Symphodrone Mix / DUO 2


37. Form (05:38)

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