Erich Barganier & Kyle Miller
Kyle Miller and Erich Barganier present an album of improvised music for rebab, oud, and guitar that blend Middle Eastern maqam, folk blues, jazz, drone music, and much more. The duo, having never played music together before, sat down to record an album in one take that explores each artist's musical worlds through a surrealist lens, reminiscent of taking too much cough medicine.
releases December 1, 2023
Erich Barganier - Oud
Kyle Miller - Guitar, Rebab
Recorded by Beomhyun Ahn, Darren Blanckensee
Mixed and Mastered by Kyle Miller
Album Art by Erich Barganier and Kyle Miler
Live at McGill University
A brief EP of traditional Arabic and Ottoman art music for solo oud recorded at Pollack Hall at McGill University.
released November 8, 2023
Solo Oud by Erich Barganier
Recorded by Andy Le and Michael Borsellino.
Mixed by Ying-Ying Zhang
The idea of an over-the-top electric guitar rock solo has always repulsed me. For me, this type of music immediately conjures up images of all of the stereotypical vestiges of what rock music was and is. Despite how much I hate this style of playing, as a guitarist, I can’t escape it and love when the concept gets hijacked and turned into something truly grotesque. I wanted to create something that tapped into the same musical language that is so often associated with the idea of the “guitar-god” while completely reversing the concept. With this goal in mind, I set out to write The Motherfucker Suite, a five-movement work centered on the idea of masculine failure through the lens of the electric guitar solo.
While electric guitar solos inspired the suite, I didn’t want to directly reference any of the music that audiences might typically associate with a standard guitar solo. Instead, I composed the work from fragments of mistakes, pick slips, moments when I failed to hit the right note, and other errors that don’t typically make it onto a polished album. From these failures, I built the solos that drive the album. All of the guitars on the album are prepared, digitally manipulated, or adjusted somewhat to detune or devoice them, and are played with dulcimer hammers, combs, metal pipes, and wires in addition to typical picks and finger-tapping techniques. Tracks 1 and 5 also feature audio that I coded and sourced from the computer language SuperCollider.
The suite is divided into five movements loosely inspired by the surviving Geisslerlierder texts, Baroque instrumental and dance forms, and additionally draws influence from bands and composers including Big Black, Shellac, Fred Frith, Glenn Branca, J.S. Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, and François Couperin. The album is a direct response to the fetishization of the male guitar virtuoso, the masturbatory nature of the electric guitar solo, and how the ideal masculine image based on strength and resilience is incredibly fragile. This same fragility drives the downward-spiral narrative of the album – a flailing and helpless dance rooted in tight, restrictive form that slowly breaks apart over the course of five tracks.
August 3, 2023
Eight Falsehoods is an eight movement graphic score composed by Erich Barganier. The piece is based on Buddhism's Noble Eightfold Path and plays with the idea of the inverse of each concept. It was originally composed for piano and electronics for Stanford Cheung and later arranged for electric guitar duo by Kyle Miller and Cotter Champlin.
Kyle Miller - Guitar
Cotter Champlin - Guitar
Erich Barganier - Composer
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Kyle Miller
The album artwork is a collaboration between Kyle, Cotter and Erich.
July 6, 2023
Released August 19, 2021
All music by Erich Barganier
Created in Supercollider
released June 1, 2021 on [walnut+locust]
All music was created, performed, and recorded by Erich Barganier between 2016 - 2021.
Photograph & layout by Albérick.
The copyright of the audio remains the property of the artist under exclusive licence to [walnut + locust].
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Talking Ears by Consensus
This album contains six snapshots from Consensus' public Ear Talk “performances”: we isolated specific loops from these collaborative sound-shaping sessions. We share these snapshots with you as an album in an effort to introduce you to the co-creative process that was/is Ear Talk through a different, familiar medium of musical listening. The track titles indicate the YouTube URL ID and timestamp from the Ear Talk performances (find the videos by copy+pasting our track titles after youtu[dot]be[forwardslash]).
Download the album for free here
Technological design and hacking by Toshi Tsuruoka and Oliver Hickman
Project design, facilitation, and organizing by Toshi Tsuruoka, Oliver Hickman, and Leo Chang
Members of Ensemble Consensus involved in this project: Taylor Arnold, Erich Barganier, Sasha Berger, Leo Chang, Oliver Hickman, Samn Johnson, Sam Kaseta, Andrew Koss, Charlie Kozey, Ashley Muniz, Cassie Parks, Damian Ponce de Leon, Toshi Tsuruoka, Peilin Wu, Lucy Yao
A split EP released by Off Latch Press written and performed by Erich Barganier and Ford Fourqurean.
Like Horses - by Erich Barganier, recorded by Erich Barganier (electric guitar) and Ford Fourqurean (Bb Clarinet), mixed and produced by Ying-Ying Zhang
aperture - By Ford Fourqurean, recorded by Erich Barganier (electric guitar), mixed by Ford Fourqurean
Grotesquerie No. 2 - By Erich Barganier, recorded by Ford Fourqurean (Bb Clarinet), mixed by Ying-Ying Zhang
divergent roads - By Ford Fourqurean, recorded by Erich Barganier (violin) and Ford Fourqurean (Bb Clarinet), mixed by Ford Fourqurean
All tracks mastered by Toshihisa Tsuruoka
released February 5, 2021
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One in One, Vol. 2
Second set of pieces from Yaz Lancaster and Andrew Noseworthy's "one in one" quarantine score call, April 2020. All tracks are 1 minute solo pieces written in 1 hour.
All first month proceeds will be donated to the Sipekne’katik First Nation and 1752 Moderate Livelihood (sipeknekatik.ca/moderate-living-fishery-fleet/)
released November 6, 2020 on People Places Records
Performed by Andrew Noseworthy
All tracks mixed and mastered by Andrew Noseworthy
Album art by Daniel Wilczek
Pleroma Records - released September 3, 2020
The Polish label created an award series that honored quality experimental electronic music.
I am included on this compilation created in honor of the awards, as well as a handful of other contestants.
The audio track is a mix of the solo fixed media component of my work, the taxidermy of negative space.
Aakati (Various Artists)
Released August 11, 2020 by Nous Records.
"Aakati is the first release on Nous Records which resulted from a public call for works, in this case cutting edge electroacoustic compositions."
Included are my tracks "The Judas Iscariot Field" and "Geislerlieder"
Available on all streaming platforms and online stores. Visit the album's page here.
"This is a collection of short songs for unaccompanied voice, written during the quarantine period of COVID-19. What began as singing one new work for one composer grew very quickly into an ongoing commissioning effort, which is already expanding into multiple volumes. This album is the third volume."
"I am extremely grateful to the composers who have written music for me in this strange time - within mandated isolation and loss of work due to the virus, I have found new meaning and identity through championing each composer’s sound world, and I hope that this album further advocates for their incredible talents and careers." - Stephanie Lamprea
released June 13, 2020
Recorded in Stephanie’s apartment in Boston, MA
Recorded and mixed by Stephanie Lamprea
Mastered by Andrew Litts (Philadelphia, PA)
Digital Art by Vivienne Frey (Tübingen, Germany)
"Erich continues to blur genres by entering the decade with his debut solo album, A House of Last Witnesses. The new release delves into the realms of dark ambient, digital noise, computer-driven classical, and generatively-created soundscapes that draw influence from early electronic music pioneers and the textural worlds of Midori Takada. Tracks like 'Crossroads in a Fever Dream' or 'Shame Loops' explore the possibilities of sonic worlds created through the coding language Supercollider, while 'Speaking in Tongues' relies on a MIDI-driven Disklavier to perform a piano work incapable for human performance. Cisum Percussion’s Washington Squared duo round out the album, with a digitally-augmented version of Barganier’s composition, 'Bastards of Empty Space.' Whether you are craving digitally-driven experimentation, cutting edge contemporary classical music, or hallucinatory ambiance, you will find something to love on this debut album."
Available on all major streaming platforms.
Released March 12, 2020 on Belts & Whistles Records
in a (once-)blossomed place (2019) is the first in a series of DIY punk-inspired “split composer releases” from people | places | records, two artists approaching intricate textures and timbres from the reverse face of a similar process, and with divergent results.
NYC-based and Florida-born composer Erich Barganier’s pieces explore a harsher side of the ambient experience. Barganier’s internal anxieties are guided by unexpected combinations of Ryoji Ikeda-inspired noise, blues music and CB trucker radio chatter ("The Veneer Melts); as well as the evolution of ritualistic traditions (Калі Я Адкрыў Вочы"). He is guided by ideas of displacement, later arriving in a completely different headspace on this collection’s reverse B-side. Released July 26, 2019 on People|Places|Records.
Crossroads In A Fever Dream (2019) was composed in 2017 for the choreographer and dancer Ayala Abrams' work, Trial ___, and is now available for streaming and purchase.
It is being self-released for the first time ever. All the music was produced and created using Supercollider with some found sounds mixed in.
Music by Erich Barganier
Mixed by Erich Barganier
Art by Gerhard Richter
Purchase the release here
Continuum (2017) is an hour-long piece composed by and performed by Thomas Milovac's Unit Colossus.
Recorded live at the Gallery at Avalon Island in Orlando, Florida. June, 19th 2017. Released August 5, 2017
Thomas Milovac - Double Bass, Conductor
A.J. Herring - Trombone
Andrew Toth - Trumpet
Curtis Seligson - Bass Guitar
Luis Guerrero - Guitar
Zach Muth - Guitar
Elizabeth Baker - Percussion, Harmonium, Toy Piano
Jim Ivy - Alto Saxophone
Erich Barganier - Slide Guitar
Simon Klochko - Guitar
Sam Stewart - Bass Guitar
Brandon Miller - Double Bass
Sebastian Suarez - Drum Set, Percussion
You can visit the main page here.
...and darkness was upon the face of the deep (2017) is an exploration into the history of subjugation, weaving African-American slave songs, critiques of the American penal system and ruminations of technological dependence together into a continuously shifting soundscape. Timbres meld together, pushing ambiance into driving rhythms into spectral cacophony and back again.
The album draws upon the interests and aesthetic leanings of the Baker-Barganier Duo, a chamber ensemble made up of New Renaissance artist Elizabeth A. Baker and composer/multi-instrumentalist Erich Barganier. The ensemble grew to explore the recently coined genre of New Renaissance art, a discipline that melds poetry, dance, music, experimental theater and more together in each work.
The album can be streamed on Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, TIDAL, and any other major music streaming service.
Sn (2017) is an album of 52 experimental electroacoustic tracks, composed by over 45 composers from around the world to celebrate Juan María Solare's 50th birthday. It is available on Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Qobuz, iTunes, Amazon mp3, and more.
The pieces consist of experimental electronics (electroacoustic, synthetic or processed acousmatic sound, glitch, noise, collage, soundscape, musique concrète, dark ambient, with or without voice).
Cover image by Nuria Juncosa
Label: Janus Music & Sound, catalogue number: JMS-011
Nebulullaby An Interstellar Cloud of Dust (2016) is a compilation that takes the lullaby genre into the realm of experimental electronic music, assembled from an open call for experimental lullabies launched in May 2014.
The compilation includes tracks by well-known artists as well as first releases, with material on vinyl from d.R.e.G.S, 0xA, xname, Erich Barganier and Samuel Hertz and an expanded digital edition containing tracks from Thor Magnusson, Robert B. Lisek, Repl Electric, Claude Heiland-Allen, Marta Zapparoli and more hand-picked gems from the experimental techno, noise and electroacoustic scenes.
The record guides the listener through eerily echoed music boxes to experiments in a syncopated 8-bit berceuse, with detours into clean planes of glassy textures, dives into opaque amniotic drones and concentrated, tender yet ominous moments, such as the sound of beating hearts against saturated, distant washes of feedback. Composed for Nintendo, Atari, Pure Data, Supercollider, D-Box, tape recorders, as well as ultraStethoscopes or using radioactive materials, these recordings treat the lullaby genre as an example of consciousness-altering music.
It is relased via Nebularosa Records and can be purchased here.