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by Ben Richter

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Qualia 06:17
Archaeon 16:57
Plasmodial 11:44
Nebular 14:05
Aurogeny 17:46
Orogenesis 12:49
Abysm 07:25
Tethyscape 19:14


The two and a half hours of accordion, string quartet, and ensemble music on Ben Richter’s Aurogeny, the 2CD follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed Panthalassa: Dream Music of the Once and Future Ocean, are united by a focus on acoustic phenomena to create immersive sound-worlds of constant gradual transformation. CD1 focuses entirely on Richter’s unique approach to the accordion, with solo and multitrack works exploring just intonation, detuning preparations, and sliding register shifts, seeking liminal zones between pitch and rhythm to stretch time perception beyond the human. CD2 begins with the Koan Quartet’s masterfully concentrated performance of Aurogeny, a geologically paced, timbrally morphing string quartet, until the striking instrumental menagerie of Orogenesis erupts in raucous, sprawling post-rock joy, followed by Tethyscape’s eerie, distorted doom-drone dive back into the deep dark sea.


released December 22, 2023

CD 1
1. Portent of Laramidia
2. Qualia
3. Archaeon
4. Plasmodial
5. Nebular

CD 2
1. Aurogeny
2. Orogenesis
3. Abysm
4. Tethyscape
5. Aurogeny (octet)

Ben Richter, accordion

KOAN QUARTET (2.1, 2.5)
Eric KM Clark and Orin Sie-Hildestad, violins
Cassia Streb, viola
Jennifer Bewerse, cello

Vinny Golia, basset horn (2.2)
Sam Wells, trumpet (2.2)
Ulrich Krieger, saxophones (2.4)
Ben Richter, accordion and musical saw (2.2, 2.4)
Emilia Moscoso Borja, vibraphone (2.2)
Alex Buck, drums (2.2, 2.4)
Jeonghyeon Joo, haegeum (2.2)
Alkis Nicolaides, guitars (2.2, 2.4)
David Rosenboom, piano (2.2)
Jack Dettling, piano (2.4)

Ben Richter, producer, audio engineering, mixing
Elliott Sharp, mastering (all), mixing (2.2, 2.4)
Brian Bender, audio engineering (1.4, 1.5)
Colbert Davis, audio engineering and mixing (2.1, 2.5)
Cassia Streb and Jennifer Bewerse, producers (2.1, 2.5)
Photography by Lei Han
Layout by Dustin Krcatovich

All compositions by Ben Richter
Published by Ben Richter Music (ASCAP)




Ben Richter Berlin, Germany

Ben Richter is a composer, accordionist, and director of Ghost Ensemble.

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