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hguipf The first time I saw this album cover, I truly did not know what to expect. Little did I know it would lead me into the enchanting world of Edmund Welles and rocking bass clarinets. So glad I stumbled on these guys here Favorite track: Synge.
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Carsten Pieper To repeat myself: Wood wind's Apocalyptica!
Finally, there first two records appeared on Bandcamp, too. Great - I have to get them all :-)
And if you ever wondered, what a "robot bass clarinet" might be - or at least, sound like - listen to Vector....
And if you feel like trying to sound the same and happen to have a bass clarinet by hand: This one comes with complete sheet music of Vector and Rabies. Although I definitely would break my fingers if I tried ;-) Favorite track: Vector.
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    BONUS ITEMS: download includes items previously only available on the out-of-print Tooth & Claw Companion

    -- complete sheet music for four bass clarinets for VECTOR and RABIES

    -- original rock power trio versions of VECTOR and RABIES by the band magnesium
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    Original 2007 Pressing. 4-Panel Digipak.
    Musico-Gargoyle paintings by Chako Chan, design and layout by Theresa Wong.

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Live at Old First Church, October 6, 2006, Unreleased Masterworks, Hymns for Christmas, Imagination Lost, Tooth & Claw, Agrippa's 3 Books, O Mysterium [demo-album], and Gods Help Us All [demo-album]. , and , .

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Vector 04:12
Tooth & Claw 03:18
Va Larga 04:29
Rabies 03:50
Trap Panel 02:22
elsie's rain 02:38
Synge 03:00
I.Z.T. 04:23


Heavy chamber music. Neo-Gothic, subterranean pseudo-new music. De-jazzed riff rock. Exactly four bass clarinets, putting out rhythmic, sonorous, flowing and angular vibrations: a huge reed sound you can sink your teeth into.


It was originally founded on two principles: the bass clarinet can achieve a virtually unlimited range of sounds, and when this same instrumental voice is multiplied, it can be as powerful as a boogie woogie piano, a gospel quartet or a rock band. Indeed the very first arrangements were of the Swan Silvertones, Montana Taylor and the Pixies. The original compositions have evolved into a style unique unto themselves while maintaining a stylistic consistency at their core, and the arrangements conquered by the quartet now include Black Sabbath and Sepultura songs.

the single-reed conspiracy:
SINCE 1998, EDMUND WELLES has been transmuting many musical styles into bass clarinet quartet form. The single-reed conspiracy has at its disposal the following devices culled from the world of heavy metal music: a thickness of tone, a density of texture, absolute rhythmic precision, and the extreme use of dynamic contrasts. The bass clarinet: a synergy of designs from all saxophones and clarinets, themselves the culmination of hundreds of years of single-reed instrument evolution. A four-and-a-half octave voice, multiplied into four equal parts and breathing together to create a dense, pulsing sound capable of expressing and reflecting the full range of human emotions.

Edmund Welles: the bass clarinet quartet is led by Cornelius Boots, who has been composing and arranging pieces for the quartet since 1996. Rounding out the quartet are Jeff Anderle, Jonathan Russell, and Aaron Novik. Visit www.edmundwelles.com for more music, details, and reviews.

There is no precedent for a wind-based ensemble such as this attempting to build these massive bridges between avant jazz, new music, black metal and classic rock.

Winners of 2nd place in the 2006 International Songwriters Competition Instrumental Category for the title track of this album: "Tooth & Claw."


released October 31, 2007

Written, performed and recorded by Cornelius Boots
Paintings by Chako Chan
Graphic design by Theresa Wong
Mixed by Myles Boisen at Guerilla Recording in Oakland, CA
Mastered by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha Mastering


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Edmund Welles: the bass clarinet quartet Oakland, California

Edmund Welles has the distinction of being the world’s only original, composing band of four bass clarinetist: they invent and perform heavy chamber music. Drawing virtuosic precision from the classical realm; innovation and texture from jazz; and power, rhythm and overall perspective from rock and metal, the quartet’s sound is characterized by a thickness of tone and absolute rhythmic prowess. ... more

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