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Recorded March 10, 2011 at the Institute of Sonology, The Hague. Recorded by Richard Barrett and Han-earl Park. Mixed by Richard Barrett. Design and artwork by Carlos Santos. Released February 2012 by Creative Sources Recordings.
Total duration: 60:00.
Performers: io 0.0.1 beta++ (itself), Han-earl Park (guitar), Bruce Coates (alto and sopranino saxophones) and Franziska Schroeder (soprano saxophone). [About this ensemble…] [More about this recording…]
“This quartet (or faux-quartet, if you prefer) performs demanding free improvisation calling on a range of extended techniques. Pieces of dismantled gestures, destabilizing timbres, and impressive synergy.”
— François Couture (Monsieur Délire)
“Were the album as good as its closing track, well… we’d only have a good album, nothing more. But—surprise!—as per its title, we have an ‘unknown quantity’ called io 0.0.1 beta++: a ‘musical automaton’ created by Han-earl Park whose improvising—so rich when it comes to timbres (which are sometimes more than a bit old-fashioned, a fact that goes well with its bizarre physical aspect, so reminiscent of 50s sci-fi movies), so mysterious when it comes to its decision-making—works as a valuable stimulus for its fellow musicians.”
— Beppe Colli (CloudsandClocks)
“…More rare is that these three human musicians are improvising with a machine called io 0.0.1 beta…. Io was constructed by Han-earl Park and is an integral part of this quartet…. The music made by this quartet is improvised and does make sense. Both saxists work well together, cautiously bending their notes around one another while Han-earl also plays fragmented sounds on his guitar. Io also adds its own diverse yet fractured sounds to the blend. On “Pioneer: Dance” Mr. [Bruce] Coates plays slightly twisted alto sax while io adds similar textural sounds. If I didn’t know better, I would think that this was a successful session of European improv by a quartet of gifted yet thoughtful [human] players who take their time to explore similar textures and terrain together. I am not so sure that machines will ever take the place of human improvisers in the future, however this disc shows that someone is working in the right direction.”
— Bruce Lee Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery)
Recorded May 25 and 26 2010 at the Ó Riada Hall, UCC Music Building, Cork, and on August 19 2010 at C-ALTO Labs, Cork. Recorded and mixed by Han-earl Park. Artwork and design by Han-earl Park. Released August 2011 by SLAM Productions.
Total duration: 63:57.
Performers: Charles Hayward (drums, percussion and melodica), Han-earl Park (guitar) and Ian Smith (trumpet and flugelhorn) plus Lol Coxhill (saxophone). [About this ensemble…] [More about this recording…]
“Smith favors long mongrelly growls and scales that ascend and descend in illogical ways, like the stairs in an M C Escher print. Hayward has a very distinct sense of time underneath the freedom…. This is an exciting new venture…. One can reasonably expect unexpected things from Park, who is a delightful shape-shifter and Smith always repays the closest attention, and claims it with sudden open-horn breakouts if the fabric of the music gets too smooth and uninflected. Great stuff….”
— Brian Morton (Point of Departure)
“Ordered and entwining… a tapestry of choice: that of another Mathilde, of a complete beauty.”
— Guillaume Belhomme (Le son du grisli)
“This new improvising group… draws disparate personalities into one eccentric orbit…. A very satisfying debut.”
— Daniel Spicer (Jazzwise)
“The playing here is very fine, a tightly woven mass of sounds with no one real dominating voice but each musician expressive and energetic.”
— Richard Pinnell (The Watchful Ear)
Recorded April 18, 2010 at Cafe OTO, London, England. Recorded and mixed by Chris Trent. Mastered by Han-earl Park. Artwork and design by Han-earl Park. Photographs by Seán Kelly. Released January 2011 by SLAM Productions.
Total duration: 74:37.
“The intensity & close-knit interaction has increased to a near boil, simmering hotter and hotter…. [The] more I hear the more the sympathetic counter-balance comes closer and even more spirited.”
— Bruce Lee Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery, NY)
Total duration: 41:37.
“The more I listened closely, the more subtle interplay I heard. This is another one of those low-key gems that truly stands once you give a fair chance.”
— Bruce Lee Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery, NY)
Total duration: 46:09.
Performers: Han-earl Park (guitarist) and Esprit (guitar).
Recorded by Han-earl Park on June 15, 2007 at the Ó Riada Hall, Cork, Ireland, and constructed by Han-earl Park on September 25, 2007 at C-ALTO Labs, Cork. Artwork and design by Han-earl Park. Released 2007 by buster & friends d’da. Recording licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License.
Total duration: 18:43 (mini CD).
Total duration: 21:58 (mini CD).
Performers: The Church of Sonology: siblings resplendent (violin, voice and audio manipulations), boundless (voice and poetry), root (diffusion and audio manipulations), liaison (guitar, voice and audio manipulations), kumar (drums and voice), vespucci (keyboards, voice and audio manipulations), seabass (voice and sonolog), io (itself) and others.
Recorded by the You are Hear/Resonance FM team on May 13, 2002 at Resonance FM, London, England, and by sibling root on October 28, 2002 at dialogues 2002 at The City Café, Edinburgh, Scotland. Additional material recorded and/or constructed by siblings vespucci, liaison and resplendent at Nimbus Studios (Southampton, England), C-ALTO Labs (Southampton, England), and De Illusie (Den Haag, The Netherlands). Mastered by siblings vespucci and liaison at C-ALTO Labs and Nimbus Studios. Artwork and design by sibling liaison. Released 2004 by The Church of Sonology.
Total duration: 47:53.
Performers: Han-earl Park (guitar, kazoo, software, construction and scores) with Murray Campbell (violin, voice, sheep, stunts, miscellaneous weirdness), Koen Nutters (bass, heavy metal cues), Sander Lopes Cardozo (drums), io 0.0.1 beta (itself), Table (score), AMM™ (commercial synth box), Melanie L. Marshall (card dealing and red dress), Peter O’Doherty (ocarina) and others.
Recorded during 1997 and 2001 by several engineers in Amsterdam and Den Haag, The Netherlands, and Southampton, England. Artwork and design by Han-earl Park. Released 2001 by buster & friends d’da.
Total duration: 42:30.
Recorded by Murray Campbell and Han-earl Park on December 6, 2000 at De Illusie, Den Haag, The Netherlands. Mastered by Han-earl Park at the Department of Music, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Artwork and design by Han-earl Park. Released 2001 by buster & friends d’da.
Total duration: 28:02.
Some of the compact disc releases (io 0.0.1 beta++ and Mathilde 253, for example) are also available as downloads. Also, see downloads page for CC licensed, free or ‘name your price’ download releases hosted at busterandfriends.com or hanearlpark.bandcamp.com.
Total duration: 44:44.
Total duration: 74:55.
Includes ‘apophenia: A atomic symphony in 10 movements ii you seek iii a comfortable spot to listen iv to this v track the sofa perhaps vi or the vii floor however viii standing hand ix suspended over the volume x control you xi find that xii it is’ by Han-earl Park. Released 2013 by Bridge Records.
Duration of ‘apophenia: A atomic symphony in 10 movements ii you seek iii a comfortable spot to listen iv to this v track the sofa perhaps vi or the vii floor however viii standing hand ix suspended over the volume x control you xi find that xii it is’: 1:07.
Includes ‘nine fifty-nine is divisible by seven (excerpt)’ by Murray Campbell (violin), Marian Murray (violin) and Han-earl Park (guitar). Recorded by Han-earl Park on June 12, 2008 at Stet Lab, Cork, Ireland. Released 2009 by farpoint recordings.
Duration of ‘nine fifty-nine is divisible by seven (excerpt)’: 4:59.
Includes ‘electronic study for limited resources 3’ by Han-earl Park. Released 1997 by Frog Peak Music.
Duration of ‘electronic study for limited resources 3’: 1:02.