John Krausbauer – Beats CD (AG17)
The work of LA based music-maker John Krausbauer has so
much to do with minimalism as with trance music as with
sound art experimentation and “performance based” sound
forms. And where, as he himself states, the “Trance-
Psychedelia is the aim and goal”.
Firmly rooted in the 60s/70s Minimalist movement of LaMonte
Young and The Theater of Eternal Music, as well as the
trajectory out of that…(with the likes of Conrad, Flynt, Wada,
Palestine, Chatham; Oliveros, Radigue etc etc), “beats” also
touch the fields of experimental (or/and, as he said,
“experiential”) music and doing this strongly recalls the
pioneering work of a master of the Italian scene like Pietro
Grossi (not by chance the “beats” exactly correspond to
This is music that knowingly follows the most radical
“avantgarde” traditions, reworking those experiences thru the
lenses of decades of art/punk aesthetic sensibility married
with the most important issues of conceptualism.
“beats” is a composition-improvisation for three accordions.
Multiple pattern-variations in a closely tuned VHF range
produce a dynamic field of beating patterns, difference
tones, acoustic phenomena, and inner ear/auditory
For those interested in Minimalism and Fluxus, Conceptualism
and Sound Art, this will be a really great sonorous trip! Come
In recent years Krausbauer’s focus has been on solo work, involving
ritual endurance happenings (live) with voice and violin, accompanied
by synth and strobes and on his compositions, mainly concerned with
systems-based phasing constructions. He’s also member of the
Ecstatic Music Band, a collective exploring just tunings with
amplified strings at high volumes and long durations, with
stroboscopic lighting; The Essentialists, a country-blues-boogie-raga
guitar/violin duo; and most recently of the “Minimalist psych-punk”
group, Night Collectors.