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    Liner notes.(PDF.)


In January 2010, Søren Kjærgaard and T.U. went into Bear Creek Studios in Monroe, Wash., under the auspices of Johnny Sangster to record for the upcoming album, "Alphabet, Peaceful, Diminished: 29 Proposals from the Towers of Babble". The album wasreleased Sept. 9, 2010 on ILK Music, Copenhagen, followed by a tour of Denmark.

From ILK Records:

"It don’t mean a thing,
and it ain’t got that swing


This slight change in a well-known line describes the launching point for 'Alphabet, Peaceful, Diminished: 29 Proposals from the Towers of Babble', the new release from Torben Ulrich & Søren Kjærgaard.

"On their 2009 album, 'Suddenly, Sound: 21 songlines for piano, drainpipe, etc.', and subsequent tour, the Danish pair worked with the five sonic elements: sound, line, pulse, silence and space — along with suddenness, inspired by the Armenian teacher Gurdjieff’s way of shouting things to a sudden halt, stopping one’s habitual train of motion, its freezing as well as its subsequent freeing up.

“ 'Alphabet, Peaceful, Diminished', recorded in January 2010 near Seattle, U.S., is in many ways a continuation of this practice, but in a more radicalized form, converging the two fields of asemic and atonal play, with regards to Arnold Schoenberg, Yusef Lateef, Kurt Schwitters and the dadaists..."

Read the complete press release.(PDF.)