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Steve Beresford & John Butcher
butcher and beresford
© fabio lugaro - cafe oto, london. 2010.

I Shall Become a Bat | FOTC 2001 | Fish of the Week | At Close Quarters

These Records used to organise Saturday afternoon concerts in their small Wandsworth shop. Beresford and Butcher first played together at one in 1992, and have performed in duo ever since. Memorable duo concerts include Vancouver, London, Lausanne and Brighton.

In between, there have been numerous other projects such as Beresford's Fish of the Week composition, a trio with Paul Lovens and countless ad-hoc situations.
They have also collaborated on the realisations of a number of Christian Marclay pieces - Screen Play, Graffiti Music, Shuffle and, most recently, Everyday.



I Shall become a Bat

I Shall become a Bat cover On Qbico.

Black and red vinyl, cover artwork from Marcel Duchamp.

Side A: Beresford electronics & objects / Butcher saxophones
Side B: Beresford electronics & objects / Sanderson electronics & objects

Butcher's raucous saxophone blasts are the perfect foil for Beresford's more aggressive electronics, which initially sound off like a broken fire alarm before easing into a more Ambient flow. Meanwhile Butcher continues to bombard with a series of inventive and brilliantly timed horn intrusions that bang and buzz like a trapped hornet against the fluid frame of noise loosely assembled by Beresford.
Edwin Pouncey - WIRE.




beresford butcher at freedom of the city
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The duo's 18 minute piece from 2001's Freedom of the City Festival.

The semi-regular pairing of Steve Beresford on electronics and John Butcher on saxes provide my favourite music of the entire album.
John Eyles - BBC experimental review of FOTC 2001