by Coleman Goepfert

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The LP Derivatives immerses itself in a vast library of electronic and experimental musics, created by other artists and absorbed into the artistic consciousness of guitarist Coleman Goepfert. The echoing remnants of these works, sketches transmuted by memory and imagination, form the eponymous derivatives, themselves then further contorted through continuous procedures of alienation, transfiguration, and aggregation. Primary sources for this sonic distillation included the works of Merzbow, Julien Desprez & Luís Lopes, Nate Wooley, Tatsuya Nakatani, Alexander Schubert, and Stefan Prins.

The original compositions featured here are dense, tenacious, and unrelenting — reflections of the artist’s inner state during the period of recording. The complex aural tapestry of these pieces emerges from the interwoven strands of physical guitar performance and electronic manipulation. They revel in alienations of traditional guitar technique, in multi-layered strata of entangled electronic manipulations, and in the mutual augmentations of virtual and real worlds. The boundaries of reality and unreality blur with increasing momentum.

This record invites the listener to (re)imagine boundaries; to immerse themselves in the flickering reality and unreality of the electric guitar; and above all, to simply lose themselves in cascading waves of sound!

(Kevin Toksöz Fairbairn)


Die LP Derivatives taucht in eine umfangreiche Sammlung elektronischer und experimenteller Musik ein, die von anderen Künstlern geschaffen und in das künstlerische Bewusstsein des Gitarristen Coleman Goepfert aufgenommen wurde. Die nachhallenden Überreste dieser Werke – durch Erinnerung und Vorstellungskraft verfremdete Skizzen – bilden die namengebenden Derivate, die ihrerseits durch kontinuierliche Verfahren der Verfremdung, Umwandlung und Verdichtung weiter verformt werden. Als Primärquellen für diese klangliche Destillation dienten unter anderem die Werke von Merzbow, Julien Desprez & Luís Lopes, Nate Wooley, Tatsuya Nakatani, Alexander Schubert und Stefan Prins.

Die hier vorgestellten Originalkompositionen sind gedrängt, beharrlich und unnachgiebig – sie spiegeln den inneren Zustand des Künstlers während des Aufnahmezeitraums wider. Der komplexe Klangteppich dieser Stücke entsteht aus den ineinander verwobenen Strängen von physischem Gitarrenspiel und elektronischer Manipulation. Sie schwelgen in Verfremdungen traditioneller Gitarrentechnik, in mehrlagigen Schichten verschlungener elektronischer Manipulationen sowie in den gegenseitigen Ergänzungen virtueller und realer Welten. Die Grenzen von Realität und Irrealität verschwimmen mit zunehmender Schwungkraft.

Diese Aufnahme lädt dazu ein, sich Grenzen (neu) vorzustellen, in die flimmernde Realität und Irrealität der E-Gitarre einzutauchen und sich vor allem einfach in den kaskadenartigen Klangwellen zu verlieren!


released December 27, 2020

Coleman Goepfert composition, guitar and pedals

recorded in Neuenhof in 2019
engineered by James Varghese
mixed and mastered by James Varghese and Coleman Goepfert
produced by Coleman Goepfert
artwork by Coleman Goepfert
graphic design by Bahar Büyükkavir
special thanks to Sandra, the rest of my family and friends for the support and love
this record was made possible with the friendly support of:
Stadt Baden, Migros Kulturprozent


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