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Descending, Tim Motzer and Markus Reuter's duo project of dark ambient improvisations, features flautist Theo Travis, the legendary pedal steel work of BJ Cole, drummer Pat Mastelotto and glitch electronics, and cymbal work by Doug Hirlinger.
Descending began as an ambient duo project between Tim Motzer and German touch guitarist/composer/producer Markus Reuter (Tuner, Centrozoon, The Season Standard).
Reuter came to Philadelphia in 2008 after an initial meeting in Munich, while Motzer was on tour. Working with baritone and touch guitars, loopers and electronics, Motzer & Reuter created ethereal soundscapes during sessions at 1k recording studio and for an in-studio radio broadcast.
Later, Motzer invited Theo Travis to contribute to the project. The two played on Nine Horses-Snow Borne Sorrow album by David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman, and Steve Jansen. Travis added beautiful flute melodies and chordal loops to 1200 Sundays, and the haunting glitch guitars of Emanuella.
Enter another British musician, BJ Cole, lauded by Sting as 'the worlds greatest steel pedal player'. His gorgeous work added layers of melodies to We Were, Sound of the Sun, Ritual Observance, and Descending.
King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto recorded electronic percussion and additional spatial cymbals and metals were added by Doug Hirlinger.
Descending is a sublime and beautiful work revealing more with each listen. Timeless and infinitely rich, Descending will appeal to fans of Brian Eno, Frippertronics, Supersilent, and David Sylvian's Ambient projects.
'Descending is all about atmosphere and drift, but that doesn't mean it's boring. The quieter work of David Torn is a touchstone.' - Michael Toland (The Big Takeover)
'Tim Motzer and Markus Reuter, who like Fripp before them, use electronics and loops to create a sublime ambience.' - Chris Twomey (Tandom)
01 1200 Sundays
03 We Were
04 Sound Of The Sun
05 Ritual Observance
MUSIC PLAYED BY TIM MOTZER, GUITAR + ELECTRONICS/ MARKUS REUTER, TOUCH GUITAR + ELECTRONICS/THEO TRAVIS, ALTO FLUTE/ BJ COLE, 12 STRING PEDAL STEEL/ PAT MASTELOTTO, TRAPS & BUTTONS/ DOUG HIRLINGER, CYMBALS & METALS
PRODUCED BY TIM MOTZER & MARKUS REUTER
ASSEMBLED & MIXED BY TIM MOTZER MARCH-APRIL 2010
PRE-MASTERING BY MARKUS REUTER
MASTERED BY JEFF CHESTEK AT THE HAT, PHILADELPHIA APRIL 2010
C 2010 1K RECORDINGS
P 2010 ONE K MUSIC CO (BMI)