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Jason Kahn
Editions 004 Double LP

Jason Kahn // voice

Edition of 250
Heavy weight 180 gram vinyl.
Hand-painted covers on thick gray cardboard.

Recorded January 12, 2015 in Zürich, Switzerland.
Mastering, liner notes and LP artwork Jason Kahn.

Many thanks to the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia for their generous support.

This record is dedicated to the memory of Mark Trayle (1955 - 2015)

Download liner notes here.

Side A: Soundline 1 (20.46)

Side B: Soundline 2 (20.56))

Side C: Soundline 3 (20.47)

Side D: Soundline 4 (20.50)


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Songline was recorded during one evening in the rooms of a former Swisscom telephone relay station in Zürich. I decided to use the main room, which was entirely empty. Its linoleum floors, bare walls and many windows made for a very resonant space. Double glass windows sealed off the world outside but many sounds still emanated from somewhere deep in the bowels of the building.

My vocal work goes back a few years now, appearing here and there on various recordings. Songline is my first studio recording devoted solely to voice. Each of the four pieces from this session reflect different thematic and technical areas I've been working in. And all pieces are improvised, without any post-recording editing. What the listener hears on this record is what took place in this room.

This was a challenge to myself, to go through these pieces as if I stood before an audience: no stopping, re-starting. To pull through. Which, in retrospect, was much more difficult than I'd anticipated, as when performing live the energy of the audience and the dynamics of the situation tend to propel me through a performance. There is adrenalin and a certain sense of urgency. All of which I didn't have going for me on the evening I recorded these pieces. I was alone in front of the microphones. I hit the record button and that was it.

What I love about singing is the sense of peril. I'm not a trained singer and I guess my technique is pretty primitive by conventional standards. A lot of what I do is about pushing myself towards the brink of failure, of crashing. That kind of onward thrust towards the cliff. Can I do this, will I make it through the performance, do I have the stamina, where is this going to go? All questions which could conceivably run through my mind during a performance, but which never actually make it to my consciousness. Because if they did, I'd seize up. The show would be over.

But these feelings are there when I sing. And each performance somehow feels fresh, like I'm exploring new ground, reaching for the cracks in my vocal chords, pushing the voice to break. And when it does, to go with this, to welcome it. Sometimes I feel in control and sometimes my limitations determine the direction I can take. But mostly I go where my voice will lead me.

When I perform live I feel acutely tuned into the social space of the situation. Which means for me that space between performer and audience. Of course, every performer is aware of this, whatever instrument they play. As with myself, regardless of sitting behind the drums or playing electronics. But with the voice I feel like an exposed nerve. There is nothing to hide behind, no instrument, nothing between me and the listener.

I perform acoustically, so there is not even the option of using the sound system to take refuge in. I'm just there, in front of you. I'm sitting in a chair and singing. And though I sometimes find it a bit terrifying, putting myself through this, I also feel exhilarated by my vulnerability. This is alive, we are sharing this place in time together. Resonating the social space with my voice. Standing waves of energy.

I feel influenced by much of my work as an electronic musician. The notion of noise and distortion and sounds pulled to their breaking point. But more than this, I feel inspired by the social fabric all around me: all the anguish and joy and the crazy lunacy and dumbness that life is. Sometimes I just want to scream or wail or howl. There is a certain catharsis to this but I just don't want to empty my soul out, vomiting all my innermost feelings for the audience to wade through.

As ambiguous as this all might sound, I want to convey emotion and a sense of being here, being present and that we're all in this together beyond the length of my set or even this life here, moving on to higher ground.

These recordings are dedicated to Mark Trayle, who passed away this year. He was a great inspiration for me, both as an artist and friend.

Jason Kahn
In Place
Errant Bodies Press: Audio Issues Vol. 6 ISBN: 978-0-9889375-4-3
EAN: 9780988937543
112 pages

Based upon paying close attention to his surroundings, In Place documents the artist's sonorous engagement with specific locations. Spending hours at a given place within various cities, Kahn would do nothing else but listen, watch, and observe the daily life. Through such an elongated duration, sometimes up to 12 hours, a deeper and richer sense of place emerges. In Place is an elegant and thoughtful reflection on these experiences, capturing those small details that ultimately compose the world around us. Turning his ear to the daily life around him, Kahn's diaristic accounts capture an extremely tenacious form of attention—a bare listening.

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Jason Kahn
For Voice
Confront CCS 48 CD

Jason Kahn // voice

1. Kid Ailack // 24:28
2. SoundOut // 23:32

Track 1 recorded by Jason Kahn May 9, 2014 at the Kid Ailack Art Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
Track 2 recorded by Kimmo Vennonen January 31, 2015 at the SoundOut Festival,
Canberra, Australia.

Many thanks to Seiji Hayakawa and Richard Johnson for making these concerts possible.


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Two solo concert improvisations for unamplified voice recorded in Canberra, Australia at the SoundOut Festival in 2015 and in Tokyo, Japan at the Kid Ailack Art Hall in 2014. Employing extended vocal techniques, I use the voice to activate the concert hall, probing both room acoustics and the social space between myself and the audience. I've been working with voice for several years now. “For Voice” is the first release to document this work in a live context. These recordings are unedited.

Wolf Notes #8

With contributions from:
Ryoko Akama, Antoine Beuger, Olivia Block, Seth Cluett, Jane Dickson, Patrick Farmer, Bruno Guastalla, Julia Holter, Sarah Hughes, Jason Kahn, Caroline de Lannoy, Dominic Lash, Joseph Clayton Mills, Tim Parkinson, Gino Robair, James Saunders, Mark So, Adam Sonderberg

Download a copy of my piece "untitled composition, track 3 (1:21) from the CD “Songs for Nicolas Ross” (Rossbin Records, 2003)" here.


"Werkstatt Improvisierte Musik (WIM)"

Bandcamp download

Jason Kahn // analog synthesizer, mixing board, radio
Goh Lee Kwang // mixer feedbacks

Recorded live at Werkstatt Improvisierte Musik (WIM),
Zürich, Switzerland, May 25, 2010.

Available here:

Excerpt Set 2:

"Untitled for Four"

Cathnor double CD

Jason Kahn // composition, electronics
Patrick Farmer // upturned turntable and prepared cd players
Sarah Hughes // zither, piano
Dominic Lash // contrabass

Recorded February 13, 2012 Oxford, United Kingdom



Excerpt Take 1:

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"Between Two"

Ftarri/Meenna CD

Toshimaru Nakamura // no-input mixing board
Jason Kahn // drums
Tetuzi Akiyama // acoustic guitar

Recorded live by Jason Kahn at Ftarri, Tokyo, May 10 and 11, 2014



Track 1:

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"Five LInes"

Mikroton Recordings CD

Casey Anderson computer, objects, radio
Jason Kahn analog synthesizer, radio, mixing board
Norbert Möslang cracked everyday-electronics
Günter Müller ipods, electronics
Mark Trayle computer, guitar

Recorded September 5, 2010 at California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles

Duration: 39:36

mikroton cd 36



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