domenica 8 agosto 2010

John Duncan / Zeitkratzer "Fresh"

The zeitkratzer ensemble performing two tracks by John Duncan in a collaboration promoted last year by Podewil in Berlin. A project started over a year ago, the result of continuous and tenatious work over several meetings between Duncan and the musicians, in charge of performing two originally electronic compositions with their acoustic instruments.

The 27 minutes of the first piece revisit NAV-FLEX, a composition published last year by Duncan in the double CD with Francisco López, NAV . In zeitkratzer's hands the piece seems to acquire new life, maintaining the positive qualities in Duncan's original work: those high, obscure phantom sounds, that slow pulsing bass, those extremely suggestive drones, slow and gradual waves that expand throughout the entire space of the mind and body, measuring full and empty.

Managing to frame an ungraspable track such as NAV-FLEX and perform it as a piece for acoustic instruments was a theoretical challenge, a challenge clearly won, resulting in complex sound full of detail, giving extremely diverse effects at all volume levels. What's striking is the richness of the tonal range, the continuous hastening of the instruments, the expansions in the sustained notes. This is a cyclic, insistent work that takes form through echoes and rumbles, a silent becoming of chimerical sounds. Sublime in the capturing of a stillness with night-like flavor, through low and enshrouding notes, gradations of a matter that is something 'other' from us, sublimated in slow passages of beauty. The reciprocal hastening of the instruments, the diffuse persussive articulation, the rustling and the breathing, the soft touches: without knowing how, we find ourselves surrounded by a dreamlike matter that undermines and deforms every normal perceptive coordinate.

TRINITY is an older work, included in the 1996 compilation A Fault In The Nothing : short, grating and stinging compared to NAV-FLEX. A crescendo of striated chords that explodes in rapid, stabbing movments of sound, just as effective as the first track although in an opposite direction. If the first was all a compact stirring, TRINITY is an explosion in a thousand splinters, marked by brass rhythms and beats of the string instruments, composed by refrained clusters of notes, that die in a single breath of three minutes.


giovedì 5 agosto 2010

Désormais "Climate Variations"

Désormais, a French adverb meaning “from now on,” is an apt ­ if somewhat oblique - tag for the collaboration between Mitchell Akiyama and Joshua Treble. Begun in the fall of 2001, the resulting album, Climate Variations, is the product of mundane exchanges - sound file uploads, emails, phones calls, cdr’s, etc. Despite the distance between the two musicians, both real and virtual (Akiyama is based in Montreal, Joshua Treble (aka Tony Boggs) in Cincinnati), the result is a total communion of personal styles and aesthetics.

Located somewhere between the drone rock of My Bloody Valentine and the glitch-scapes of Christian Fennesz, Climate Variationsis a mosaic of guitar shards, piano fragments, field complaints and borderline copyright infringements. It is a sublime and sometimes jarring work that is as captivating in its intricacy as it is in its raw emotional power.


mercoledì 4 agosto 2010

Stephan Mathieu "Radioland"

Radioland is Stephan Mathieu's long awaited 5th full length studio work, following his acclaimed The Sad Mac CD from 2004. Exclusively based on real-time processed shortwave radio signals, Radioland takes the listener on a carpet ride across endless, majestic shimmering landscapes. Radioland is a mesmerizing reflection on the bubble of information thats all around us, all the time, by one of the truly unique minds in today's abstract digitalia.


martedì 3 agosto 2010

Christian Marclay / Günter Müller "Live Inprovisation"

christian marclay - turntables. günter müller - drumls, elecectronics. recorded live at festival nouvelles scènes, dijon, france 17.10.1992; at festival visionöre schweiz, düsseldorf, germany 26.06.1992 ; at art 24'93, basel, switzerland 18.06.1993. cover artwork by christian marclay, tom recchion. released 28.10.1994


Peter Brötzmann / Shoji Hano "Funny Rat"

Peter Brötzmann: tarogato, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
Shoji Hano: drums, percussion

Recorded live by Tsutomu Suto at Aku Aku, Tsukuba, on October 10, 1991

Mastered by Tsutomu Suto
Design by Peter Brötzmann and Shoji Hano
Photography by Arndt Sebastian

Released in 1992


domenica 1 agosto 2010

Organum - "Veil of Tears"

David Jackman aided and abetted by Michael Prime, Dinah Jane Rowe, Roger Sutherland, Jim O’Rourke and Robert Hampson.

Track listing: Veil of tears part 1 (14.40), Delta (14.53), Obon (04.44), Lamentations (07.39), Veil of tears part 2 (14.37).

The two parts of Veil of tears were recorded 1992 with Michael Prime, Dinah Jane Rowe and David Jackman; Delta recorded live at Recommended Records, London 1990 with Roger Sutherland, Michael Prime, Dinah Jane Rowe and David Jackman; Obon was recorded 1985 all sounds by David Jackman, remixed 1994 by Robert Hampton and Jim O'Rourke; and Lamentations was recorded 1994 with Robert Hampson, David Jackman and with archive sound from 1985 by Philip and Richard Rupenus.

Artwork by David Jackman.