peter principle
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Peter Principle is guitarist and bass wizard in the group Tuxedomoon. His first two solo albums appeared on Crammed Discs' acclaimed Made to Measure imprint, being Sedimental Journey (1986) and Tone Poems (1988). Conjunction followed on LTM in 1990, and Idyllatry in 2005.


CONJUNCTION (LTMCD 2306) 10
Conjunction combines psychedelic soundscapes and symbolist harmonics to deliver 13 scenic sonic sculptures. In addition to improv-based material, Peter further refined the compositional techniques developed with the aim of 'describing tonic forms observed in some of my better dreams.' Ranging from ambient to atonal, Conjunction marks a bold instrumental exploration of 'the alchemy of environmental and temporal musical glyphs as well as musique concrete.' Conjunction features 13 tracks, runs for 67 minutes and includes a poster booklet. Full tracklist: Choc Mol 1746, Day One, Day Two, Sphinx Variations, The Evening Country, Realm of Shades, The Pavillion, Maya, Ceremonial Polka, Le Feu Vert, Jean-Louis and the Prodzj Gang, A Walk on Dinosaur Hill, Choc Mol Rotterdammerung.

Reviews: "An ambitious aural dervish of moods and images" (Alternative Press, USA); "Might best be compared with Holgar Czukay's Movies or John Cage's HPSCHD. Clearly branching off from Tuxedomoon, this is bristling with references: Clair de Lune, movie dialogue snippets, ambient electronics, percussive marches, mechanical repetitions, Durutti-like drifts, sly allusions to 20th Century atonalism, even mutant disco" (The Wire, 7/05); "Several layers deep - invites careful listening" (Option, USA); "Fluent and wide-ranging, his tastes run to psychedelia, ambient sound, improv, musique concrete and New Wave electronica with a confident indifference to niche creation" (Whisperin' & Hollerin', 12/05)


IDYLLATRY (LTMCD 2441) 10
The fourth solo album from Peter, released in 2005, featuring a selection of instrumental works mostly made to specification for a variety of situations or media. Tunguska was recorded with the occasional trio Ecco Bravo, and recorded by Pere Ubu man Tony Maimone. Artwork images by Peter Pinciple. Full tracklist: Emotions, Scissors Cut Paper, Tunguska, The Quarry, The Cloisters, The Unknown, Desolate Idyll: Opening With Distractions, Grandfather Tree, Sculpting til Dawn, Uncertain, Desolate Idyll Epilogue.

Reviews: "Those who enjoy Principle's work will appreciate this. Contemplative, meditative semi-exotica, more than anything it feels like a soundtrack to an unknown movie" (Allmusicguide, 2005); "The real brainiac in Tuxedomoon is probably the shy and retiring Peter Principle, whose solo albums to date contain more sonic mayhem and mischief than anything by either Brown or Reininger" (Paris Transatlantic, 05/07)

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