›Ambassador Duos‹ (2015) collects a selection of four duo

improvisations, that the artist and composer Phillip Schulze recorded over ten years with multi-instrumentalist and composer Anthony Braxton, the sound- and action-artist  Christian Jendreiko, the composer and ethnomusicologist Andrew Raffo Dewar, and DJ and producer Detlef Weinrich

aka Toulouse Low Trax.

The album documents encounters between these musicians

and Phillip Schulzes electro-acoustic, responsive instrument, which algorithms he develops since 2001. With this instrument, he opens "a dialogue with external (analog) and internal (digital) realities". Here in ›Ambassador Duos‹ the center of Schulzes attention is a "transidiomatic, interpersonal communication, augmented with instruments“.


The publication ›Ambassador Duos‹ was grant-aided by the Kunststiftung NRW and will be published on the Apparent Extent label, Cologne.




The album comes as a beautiful glossy gate-folded Double LP & CD, in addition to comprehensive writings from all participants translated into German & English as well as photographs printed on two large folded inlays.



01   Duo   Anthony Braxton   2005  [19:51]

02   Duo   Christian Jendreiko   2009  [19:54]

03   Duo   Andrew Raffo Dewar   2011  [19:58]

04   Duo   Detlef Weinrich   2014  [19:59]


The album is not available as MP3.








PRE-RELEASE & CONCERT with Schulze & Weinrich

Wednesday 21. October 2015

9 PM

Salon des Amateurs



RELEASE & CONCERT with Schulze, Jendreiko & Dewar


Tuesday, 10. November 2015

7 – 10 PM



Grabbeplatz 4

Düsseldorf, Germany

















by Gunter Heidegger (24.09.2016)


One improviser for whom time is but a servant is Deutsch electronics whiz Phillip Schulze, who is known for wielding oak-barreled, 15-year vintage algorithm tools in improvisations for over a decade now; his electroacoustic stylings unmoored from any compositional context. As well as providing extensive written documentation for each of the following four ‘trans-idiomatic’ duo recordings, Schulze converses via gravel-skinned and elegantly contoured sound fields that do more than simply upholster the counterpart’s performance, being quite up to the task of heavy excavation as and when necessary; the resulting open-border spaces instigating some intensive paired explorations.









Stark as it appears on paper, the four sessions are gratifyingly accessible, differentiated and more than worthy of their heavy vinyl presentation. At first glance, Phillip Schulze is a composer who picks his moments as well as his partners, and the rumblings from the unfathomed depths of these deep trenches indicate further pleasures.


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