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The sixth edition of the SYR series is a live recording of the April 12, 2003 benefit concert held at and for The Anthology Film Archives, the international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of avant-garde and independent cinema. In addition to screening films for the public, AFA houses a film museum, research library and art gallery. The event, which raised money for the Archives and celebrated the life and work of avant-garde film maker Stan Brakhage, featured Sonic Youth providing an improvised instrumental collaboration with silent Brakhage’s films. The band performed with drummer/percussionist Tim Barnes (Essex Green, Jukeboxer, Silver Jews). Part of the proceeds of this recording will again benefit the Anthology Film Archives and other charities.
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Long-awaited sixth volume in Sonic Youth's privately-pressed series documenting their furthest orbits of the map. Koncertas Stan Brakhage Prisiminimui consists of a live recording from a benefit show held at New York's Anthology Film Archives on April 12 2003 where the quintet line-up was bolstered by the addition of percussionist Tim Barnes (Tower Recordings et al). The performance is one of their most fully-dilated navigations of zoned free improvisation, with extended breaths of silence cut up with explosive string action and clusters of magnetic silhouette. Last track is one of the most ferociously locomotive slow-burners of their entire career, with an almost Charalambides level of heavy gravity cut up with tortuous peaks of Evol-style grime while Shelley and Barnes harvest huge snowballs of rhythm. Best SYR outing to date and highly recommended. - from volcanictongue.com
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This work is not the result of any collaboration with Stan Brakhage. This is a document of an improvised music performance, drawing on Stan's work for inspiration. The ensemble performed with various short Brakhage films screening behind them, but were not intent on creating a "Brakhage soundtrack" or a "potential Brakhage soundtrack."

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released December 6, 2005

SONIC YOUTH with Tim Barnes
STAN BRAKHAGE MEMORIAL BENEFIT CONCERT
Recorded live April 12, 2003 by Eric Maurer at Anthology Film Archives, NYC.
Mixed by SY and Aaron Mullan, 2005.

Film stills by Jonas Mekas: "Stan Brakhage Crosses Central Park, New York, 1966. (Walden)."
Thank you: Andrew Lampert, Marilyn Brakhage.

Kim Gordon
Thurston Moore
Lee Ranaldo
Steve Shelley
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Jim O'Rourke
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Tim Barnes

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