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LJ Kruzer and Uncharted Audio present the Tam Variations, eight engaging experimental versions of Tam, a piece which features on Kruzer's forthcoming album Manhood & Electronics. Each variation is the end result of methodical sequences of sound processing exploring all the possibilities of computer manipulation of digitised sound data - stretching, squashing, restretching and resquashing giving the concertina'd timbres of Tamz; filtering, distorting and reverberating backwards and forwards to create the rough textures of Tamx and Tamxr; modulating brown noise with the source audio to give Tamb; and simple stretching and reverberating resulting in the billowy melancholy of the collection's opener Tam814.
The Tam Variations are available for free as 128kbps mp3s, and name your price for higher quality formats only on audio.ljkruzer.co.uk. Manhood & Electronics is set for release as a CD and download on Uncharted Audio on August 3rd 2009.
LJ Kruzer biography
LJ Kruzer is Stephen Fiske, a resident of London, England, and producer of melodic electronic music, using the piano as a common theme, with an increasing focus on ambience and synthesizer drones.
The son of a Wiltshire vicar, Kruzer began writing music on a Yamaha keyboard that his father used to accompany hymn singing in church, taking influence from the early work of Mouse On Mars, Tindersticks and Miles Davis, as well as the hymns themselves. After studying French and Philosophy, Kruzer bought his first computer and a home keyboard of his own, giving his music a new dimension which led to his first release on Uncharted Audio, a split white vinyl 7” (with The Council Flats Of Kingsbury). This was followed by a string of well-received singles and his debut album ‘This Is How I Write’, in 2005, which led to critical acclaim from the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs and Mixmaster Morris.
After several years of gigging around the UK and France, culminating in a memorable live set at the Big Chill Festival, as well as hosting his famous annual electronic carol services in London, Kruzer returned to the studio in 2008 to create a more streamlined sound, where the emphasis moved from beats and melody to variations in sonic texture, drawing inspiration from a broad spectrum of contemporary electronic music and pioneers such as Brian Eno and Isao Tomita, the results of which can be heard on his second album ‘Manhood & Electronics’.
LJ Kruzer has provided remixes for Bastards of Love, Savoy Grand, Posthuman, Digitonal, Cyan341 and has recently remixed Alice Russell. He has himself been remixed by Plaid, Cursor Miner, Digitonal and Line to name but four. His pieces have been licensed by Fabric and Renaissance for mix CDs by John Tejada and James Zabiela, as well as featuring on television and radio programming around the world.
His second album, Manhood & Electronics, will be released in June 2009.
Uncharted Audio was set up around the turn of the century by Russ Parsons (aka Kone-R) and Dan Daley to bring you the finest electronic music money can buy. Dan left to become a family man but Russ has continued the mission, releasing a series of albums and singles across a mind-boggling array of formats.
Initially created as a vehicle to showcase the talents of their as-yet-unheard friends Cursor Miner and LJ Kruzer, the label has grown into a respected node of musical ingenuity and a flagship of the DIY aesthetic. Albums by LJ Kruzer (acclaimed by everyone from Mary Anne Hobbs to Mixmaster Morris, and culminating in a legendary appearance at the Big Chill Festival) and one-time Warp maverick and nude model John Callaghan have broadened the fanbase of the label since it’s early days of vinyl singles packaged in oversized food bags, and a 7” subscription-only series got the fetishists foaming at the mouth.
With a new single due from Cyan341 (currently getting heavy rotation from the likes of John Tejada, Move D and Benjamin Brunn) and albums by Octavcat and Line, you’re only going to be hearing even more in 2009.
“Uniquely British…. a label to be cherished” (FACT magazine)
“Can’t be explained in mere words” (Organart)
“A right royal bunch of shenanigans” (Smallfish records)
Visit the website for more information and to purchase physical media.
Artists whose tracks have graced Uncharted Audio releases:
Beckett & Taylor
King Cannibal (aka ZILLA)
The Council Flats Of Kingsbury
Kings Have Long Arms
the Square Root of Evil
AGT Rave Cru
…with more coming!