Bendik Giske

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Record Label
Smalltown Supersound

About this item

The performance artist and saxophonist’s mesmerizing debut takes listeners on a true journey through the euphoria and wanderlust of nights spent clubbing—using little more than his voice, saxophone, his instrument of choice, and more than a few well-placed microphones.

Giske finds a natural home in Smalltown Supersound as he cites Lindstrom’s arpeggio sounds and Evan Parker’s circular breathing as references, both of whom have released on the label. By combining the two extreme sides of the scale, he seamlessly fuses freeform jazz and club music. “I take the building blocks of electronic music and play it live—without layering or looping, to the best of my ability. All the faults of being human come through. It’s an exercise in something impossible: to be a machine.”

Surrender as a verb is a key concept to Giske’s debut and the word itself takes on multiple meanings to him. “I consider myself a queer performance artist—the queer perspective is always there,” he states.“In gay culture, we have the terms ‘top’ and ‘bottom,’ with ‘bottom’ referencing an act of surrender and trust. Creating these repeating structures, relying on muscle memory for these sequences, and seeing what happens—it’s also an exercise in the act of surrender."

With breath, steel and muscle Giske is transmuting his clubbing experience through the saxophone.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Adjust
A2. Adjust (Total Freedom Remix)
A3. Adjust (Lotic Remix)
B1. Adjust (Deathprod Remix)
B2. Adjust (Rezzett Remix)

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