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Mark Sanders - John Butcher
Multiphonics and flutter-tonguing are both
distinctive hallmarks of John Butcher's
saxophone playing. Caught in between
pitches, or hovering between sound and
silence, stability and instability, they're apt
sonic metaphors for his improvisation, which
looks back affectionately to the 'jeu de
notes'of his early work with John Stevens
and Derek Bailey while remaining in line
with his latterday explorations of feedback,
electronics and environmental acoustics.
© Dan Warburton / WIRE.