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"the open secret" john butcher / dieb13 / gino robair - rastascan 2018.

saxophones – john butcher
turntables, computer – dieb13
energized surfaces, piano and blippoo box - gino robair
recorded by wes maebe at rak studios, london on nov. 29 2014
mixed and mastered by john butcher
produced by gino robair
photography by michael garlington
design – tania kac



reviews:
freejazzblog.org
freistil.klingt.org
thewire.co.uk



freejazzblog.org review:

...The Open Secret, the trio of Butcher, Gino Robair on energized surfaces, piano and blippoo box (described by its inventor Rob Hordijk as “an audio sound generator that operates according to the principles of chaos theory”) and Dieb 13 on turntables and computer, is similarly built on long-term projects. Butcher and Robair have been a duo for over 20 years, previously expanding to a trio with several musicians, including Derek Bailey and John Edwards, while Dieb 13’s association with Butcher includes the eight-member John Butcher Group that produced somethingtobesaid in 2008.

It’s in the nature of Robair and Dieb 13’s contributions to inevitably blur, but sonic mystery is more than side-effect here, with the two contributing both great invention and refined subtlety. Before Butcher’s high-speed, pecking soprano enters the opening “The Lobbard Change Hisstops” (ambiguity is also a function of the titles), there’s a piping, flute-like sound that only occasionally seems to tip into oscillator. “Dart on Discourse” is an exercise in the beat patterns that arise amidst close frequencies, the result a kind of phantom band in which the trio create other voices. “Olecasandrum” sounds like radio signals in fluid, at times with hints of language just beyond comprehension, gradually moving through other zones, including a soprano saxophone that achieves the dense chirping of a flock of birds. “Last Morning of the Dream” (the connection of the CDs may be inevitable) is witty, bizarre and well nigh indescribable. “Tinflappant” foregrounds Butcher against almost acoustic percussion (an amplified snare?) and a scraping drone, resulting in a spectacular tenor oration that extends to driving, free jazz squall. “Giant Skull Gasp” is a click language, while “Pearlagraph, the Pearlagraph” is at times so subtle as to suggest patterned air with key clicks and feedback.
-- Stuart Broomer

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freistil.klingt.org review:

...The Open Secret (John Butcher, sax, feedback; dieb13, tt, comp; Gino Robair, perc, p, surfaces), das auf Rastascan (rastascan.com) a geography for plays zum Studium freigibt. Im unbersichtlichen Geruschaufkommen, in dem der jeweilige Erzeuger kaum zu identifizieren ist, vermischt sich der Saxofon-, Atem- und Feedbacks-Klang mit jenen gut aufgelegter Platten und motorisierter Oberflchen zu einem erfrischenden, substanzvollen Soundcocktail, der etwa im mit rund zwlf Minuten lngsten Stck dieser Trio-CD, unter dem kryptischen Titel Olecasandrum, mit Temperamenten und Temparaturen verhaltensoriginell hausieren geht, das Aussehen bzw. die Gewnder nach Belieben wechselnd. Im darauffolgenden, nicht weniger rtselhaft Tinflappant getauften Stck whlt man hektisch und lautstark in der Spielzeugkiste, um gleich daraufhin (Spoon Wink) sonoren Flchen eine rumliche Wirkung zu verschaffen. hnliches gilt für die Zeit davor und jene danach. Die Betriebsamkeit mag Pausen einlegen, das Abenteuer macht keine. Auch hbsch super.
-- felix
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thewire.co.uk review:

...Partly because of his scientific background, perhaps, i think of saxophonist John Butcher as another artist-researcher. The Open Secret is his long-established duo with Californian percussionist/electronicist Gino Robair. Sonic research mustn't be misunderstood. As Butcher argues in an interview, extended techniques aren't an add-on, but form "an intrinsic, inseperable part of the artist's sound". Here the duo are supplemented by Austrian turntablist dieb13 - an artist lower case in nomenclature, if not musical affiliation. Butcher doesn't see himself as a free jazz player, but his rich, dark tenor on "Tinflappant" comes close to that tradition. On "Giant Skull Gasp" glitched electronics from dieb13 and Robair provide a vibrant context for some edgy saxophone multiphonics.
-- Andy Hamilton
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