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The Vital Weekly Podcast 716
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Music by
Monos, Marc Behrens, Colin Potter & Paul Bradley, Lars-Gunnar Bodin, Robin Hayward, Maurizio Bianchi, Chemins, Evan Dorrian, Stian Skagen, Crepuscular, Mister Vapor, Bring Me The Head Of Orion, KK Null & Deison

Vital Weekly, the webcast: we offer a free-to-download weekly webcast as the audio-supplement to Vital Weekly. Presented as a radio programme with excerpts from some of the CDs reviewed here (no vinyl or MP3s). It is available on the site for a limited period of 5 weeks.

MONOS - ABOVE THE SKY (CD by ICR Distribution) *
PAUL BRADLEY & COLIN POTTER - THE SIMPLE PLAN (CD by ICR Distribution) *
DEISON & KK NULL - INTO (CD by Silentes) *
ANKITONER METAMARS - WHO CARES? (CD by Autoreverse)
MARC BEHRENS - SLEPPET (CD by Cronica Electronica) *
JONATHAN BADGER - UNSUNG STORIES FROM LILLY'S DAYS AS A SOLAR ASTRONAUT (CD by MT6 Records)
ROBIN HAYWARD - STATES OF RUSHING (CD by Choose Records) *
MAURIZIO BIANCHI - YNOHPMYS (CD by Tourette Records) *
ARECIBO - TRANS PLUTONIAN TRANSMISSIONS (CD by Soleilmoon Recordings)
ISOLRUBIN BK - CRASH INJURY TRAUMA (CD by Soleilmoon Recordings)
AMY X NEUBURG & THE CELLO CHIXTET - THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SUBWAYS (CD by Minmaxmusic)
MATT WESTON - SEASICK BLACKOUT (CD by 7272Music)
STIAN SKAGEN - THE INWARD RISING (CD by Prisma Records)
SEND + RECEIVE (double DVD by Send + Receive)
LARS-GUNNAR BODIN - JENSEITS-BEYOND (CD by Firework Edition) *
JEAN-PHILIPPE ANTOINE/MARCEL BROODTHAERS/LEIF ELGGREN - OBJET METAL ESPRIT (7" by Firework Edition)
AUN - UTICA (7" by Drone Records)
CTPEHIN - DUAD (7" by Drone Records)
MELANCHOLOLICS - MASKING MY MONKEYS (7" by Drone Records)
GERECHTIGSKEITS LIGA/GEHIRN.IMPLOSION CENTAURA CYANUS (7" by Versand Records)
ANIMAL MACHINE / C-UTTER  KALIYUGA (CDR by R.O.N.F. Records)
TORTURING NURSE/ANIMAL MACHINE - STRESS OF HAVING NOTHING TO DO / CYCLES OF CREATION, DESTRUCTION AND REBIRTH (CDR by Keep it Frozen)
CHEMINS - CDR #2 (CDR, private) *
FEDRICO BARABINO/KAZUYA ISHIGAMI (CDR by Neus 318)
CREPUSCULAR - DEEP SLOW MAJESTY (CDR by Black Drone) *
LIGHT & VAPOR - MISTER VAPOR (CDR by Black Drone) *
BRING ME THE HEAD OF ORION - COURTING LEVIATHAN (CDR by Black Drone) *
EVAN DORRIAN (CDR by Hellosquare Recordings) *
BRUNO MOREIGNE - ANEMOS VOL. 2 (3"CDR by Kaon)
M. OSTERMEIER - PERCOLATE (3"CDR by [parvoart])
ADVENT (Compilation 3"CDR by [parvoart])
DRIPHOUSE - ROMATI & GAINS (cassette by Baked Tapes)
WASTELAND JAZZ UNTI/(D)(B)(H) (cassette by Baked Tapes)
SLASHER RISK - CHILLERS (cassette by Baked Tapes)
STEPHAN MATHIEU - 10 MINUTES (download from Ash International)


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MONOS - ABOVE THE SKY (CD by ICR Distribution)
PAUL BRADLEY & COLIN POTTER - THE SIMPLE PLAN (CD by ICR Distribution)
As a point of reference its not uncommon for a reviewer to say something like 'sounds like (insert another band name)'. For a lot of drone like music I like to use 'sounds like Ora, Mirror or Monos', but when I received the latest disc by Monos I realized its been a while since I last hear from Monos (come to think of: Mirror no longer exists and Ora is also quiet for some time). But here it is: after a four year hiatus, Monos returns. The line up now is Darren Tate, Colin Potter and Paul Bradley. In March 2006 they played an one-off concert together, which was recorded, but not in a great shape. Various attempts were made to re-create them, and then, a year later, it was decided to add extra layers of sound and an additional piece was recorded. The new piece being more sparse than the first (semi-) live one. Then a third piece is unearthed and a fourth one recorded: these are on the limited bonus disc. It might be no surprise, I guess, when I state I really like this. I am a big
lover of drone music, and when in such capable hands as with these boys, then nothing can go wrong. There are field recordings, shimmering electronics and played acoustic (metal sheet? cymbals?), all quietly sustaining in weightless space. Especially 'Cloudless Day' is a fine one, since it all sounds a bit less refined than is usual with this kind of music and has a nice, somewhat rough edge to it. The bonus material seems to be a bit more focussing on the electronic side of things, especially 'Perhaps'. This is all text book drone music: four excellent lengthy pieces mixing field recordings, drones, electronics and acoustics. Monos compares to nothing but Monos.
More music by Bradley and Potter is to be found on 'The Simple Plan'. A full length CD and for those who can't get enough, another limited edition bonus CDR with more material. For this new release they wanted to create something simpler. Play almost live and then with some mixing create a piece of music. Potter and Bradley both play guitar and synthesizers here, Bradley for the first time on a keyboard. I like simple plans. Especially when they are in the hands of musicians who know how to shape a simple plan. Its hard to avoid when you release two such things at the same time, but throughout I think Monos is the better release. The ambient music of the Bradley/Potter duo is very nice, but also a bit standard, perhaps. Good, sturdy music, played with great care, beautiful and all that, but also nothing very new under the sun. Maybe, and perhaps oddly, the interesting bits are to be found on the bonus, which are reworkings of the original recordings, two by Potter and one by Bradley.
Here too perhaps not that much 'newness' around, but the darkness of the drones combined with a bit more abstract nature of the material, make this a great bonus. I am not saying that this is a lesser release than the Monos one, but when comparing the two, the Monos is better. I know lots of people who sign for the quality of Potter and Bradley! Two fine releases - well, four actually! (FdW)
Address: http://www.icrdistribution.com

DEISON & KK NULL - INTO (CD by Silentes)
Quite an extended part of the work of KK Null deals with collaborations, such as with Z'EV, Alexei Borisov, Zbigniew Karkowski, Jim O'Rourke and loads more. His primary instrument was once the drums (as with his bands Zeni Geva and Absolute Null Punkt), but in these collaborations Null deals with electronics. Here he teams with a man who met him fifteen years ago, when he was setting up concerts for Zeni Geva in Italy: Deison. He has worked with Lasse Marhaug and Sshe Retina Stimulans and ran the Loud! label. They collaborated, I guess, through mail, sending back and forth sound material. If you'd expect some heavy noise based stuff, then you are mistaken about the work of Null (and perhaps of Deison too, but I must admit I don't know his work that well). It moves these days from brutal noise attacks to very clean, mild, almost ambient like works and this work is a fine example of that. The closing piece is 'To' and quite brutal, feedback like. In the nine pieces before this we have
been on a great journey of electronic music. Always abstract, always electronic, but almost never the same thing twice. From soft passages to loud ones, from clicking, rhythmic sounds to dense fields of waving electronics. Its all there. A great variety is presented here, which for once doesn't stand in the way: this remains a very coherent release. It may not appeal to the pure noise heads, but it should broaden their mind a little bit, I guess. Great one. (FdW)
Address: http://www.silentes.net

ANKITONER METAMARS - WHO CARES? (CD by Autoreverse)
Ankitoner Metamars is a project taking its starting point around the Barcelona-based musician Anki Toner and compatriot composer Javier Piñango. The album-title "Who cares?" gives associations towards punk attitude, and this is not too far away from the fact: The album composed back in 2006 first of all has its basis in electronic soundspheres circulating around the experimental expressions of industrial music and cut-up electronics. But strong elements of avantgarde rock and punk music saturates the album that also has a strong focus on the raw vocals of Anki Toner himself. The duo themselves term the music as crooner electronics - not far away from reality. Interesting album lying somewhere between retrospective experimentalism and contemporary electronics. (NM)
Address: <http://www.myspace.com/autoreverse>www.myspace.com/autoreverse

MARC BEHRENS - SLEPPET (CD by Cronica Electronica)
Its been a while, I think, since I last heard music by Marc Behrens. Perhaps he is not as active anymore when it comes to releasing records? And perhaps more doing commissioned works by, say, German radio? Like this one, which was made for Deutschlandradio Kultur. Unless I am mistaken, I think I heard him play this material in a concert somewhere in 2007, and with his witty introduction by him about he just could escape some heavy block of snow falling. This work was recorded in Norway, in early spring time, when snow disappears and birds return. Both are heavily present in this piece. Seeing this coming in what seems to be the harshest winter in The Netherlands in several years, the sound of snow is now a familiar one. Just today I also noticed birds are still present here and not all escape to warmer parts of the world (maybe that's a climate change thing I guess). This is a pretty strong piece. Water drops, birds, snow sounds but also motorized sounds of a powerplant and a ferry,
along rumble of a kind I don't recognize. Things move from quite soft to pretty loud, all in a great balance. An electro-acoustic work in great form. Untreated sounds along with short looped bits and computerized processing of the original sounds. A fascinating journey throughout: warm music as it happens for cold days. (FdW)
Address: http://www.cronicaelectronica.org

JONATHAN BADGER - UNSUNG STORIES FROM LILLY'S DAYS AS A SOLAR ASTRONAUT (CD by MT6 Records)
Reviewing music can be an easy job. But sometimes its not. Not at all. That's something I was thinking when listening to the CD by Jonathan Badger. First let me say that I think this shouldn't be reviewed in Vital Weekly: it has very little to do with experimental music - even when its 'for the fans of Robert Fripp, Fennesz, Max Richter and Remora' as stated on the press release. Jonathan Badger studied composition at Duke University, worked with dancers and made his debut CD 'Metasonic' in 2006. He mainly plays guitar along with custom made soft- and hardware. For his second CD, short 'Lilly's Days', he brought in violinists, cellists, pianists and singers to 'record every note on their instrument, inviting them to play each note in multiple ways'. From these samples he created this. Somewhere, sometimes I can see the Fennesz influence, but throughout its more Robert Fripp's guitar playing that I hear. Lengthy sustained notes, bowed, played with great care no doubt, but somehow
forming an uneasy marriage with the samples. I found it very hard to find a track here which I really liked. It all sounded a bit prog-rock like, especially the sound of the guitar sounded very dated. Its not really experimental, but then not really pop music either (or classical for that matter). What can I say? Its not my cup of tea. (FdW)
Address: http://www.mt6records.com

ROBIN HAYWARD - STATES OF RUSHING (CD by Choose Records)
Elsewhere I write solo improvisers and that perhaps its not the best idea in the world to have them solo on a release. Maybe that is not entirely true, as proven here by tuba player Robin Hayward. Born in Brighton but since 1998 in Berlin where he plays works by the likes of Alvin Lucier and Christian Wolff as well as his own. Ok, so the word 'improvisation' isn't mentioned here, but it may sound like it is the work of some improvisation? What doesn't work that with Evan Dorrian (see elsewhere) works wonderfully well with this release. Hayward manages to make the tuba sound like anything but a brass instrument - well, in fact anything but a real instrument. It starts out with the very soft 'Trailer', in which one needs to crank up the volume quite a bit. You may think 'ah one of those soft improvisation releases', which is perhaps true, until, after three more relatively quiet tracks 'Treader' kicks in - loud and clear. Its almost like a techno bass rhythm being played here, but then
just as a bass thing. Like an acoustic Pan Sonic, but then much longer and highly minimal. No electronic processing was used here. The next piece is again also louder, following by the very soft 'Harc' piece. Hayward makes his instrument grunt, rumble, crackle. An electro-acoustic investigation of one instrument, stretching the boundaries of his instrument beyond the ordinary - taking it into a wholly new place. An excellent release. (FdW)
Address: http://www.choose-records.de

MAURIZIO BIANCHI - YNOHPMYS (CD by Tourette Records)
Recently someone mailed me that Maurizio Bianchi stopped doing music - again. I am no journalist so I am not sure if its true (and perhaps too lazy to find out), but no doubt the flow of releases hasn't dried out yet. Again Sigmar Fricke is thanked for his 're-treatments', although it remains a mystery what exactly his involvement is with all of these recent Maurizio Bianchi releases. Bianchi does here what he does best, well, that is in his second career, following the industrial music of his first career (1980 era). He plays electronic music, but his equipment is more refined now and thus his music is more complex than before. Its not easy to classify this as industrial music anymore. 'The Plain Elanif' for instance is more ambient than before, although not as new age as his early come back albums. There is some harsher stuff on this album, full of sound effects swirling about, vaguely rhythmic in 'Ortni' or sustaining industrially in 'The Inflammatory Sesor'. Its quite an alright
CD, nothing spectacular new for Bianchi - although by now he deserves a book about his work - but a good, sturdy new release. (FdW)
Address: http://www.touretterecords.com

ARECIBO - TRANS PLUTONIAN TRANSMISSIONS (CD by Soleilmoon Recordings)
ISOLRUBIN BK - CRASH INJURY TRAUMA (CD by Soleilmoon Recordings)
In the early 90s ambient music returned and this time as part of the dance music scene. After a night of dancing you needed to relax in the chill out room and preferable with your feet tapping to a slow rhythm. The Orb were the masters of the new ambient house genre, with records that combined all of that (rhythms, chill out, dub) together, often with crazy samples. Space is the place, so a lot of voices dealing with Nasa flight control were used (or 'Flash Gordon' of course). In that slipstream lots of artists emerged playing similar music. It made Silent Records big and Dark Vinyl from Germany, traditionally a house of noise music, started a label called Atmosphere to release similar ambient music. In varying degrees these records had rhythm (through rhythm machines, loops or arrpeggios). Brian Lustmord, best known from his project Lustmord (duh), recorded as Arecibo - an one-off occasion I believe - this album for Atmosphere. Its a soundtrack about the infinity of the universe, as
well as the fact that it uses sounds from space, such as quasars, pulsars and such like. It might be synthesizers as well, for all I know. I hadn't played this album in a long time, perhaps not even in ten years, but once I heard it again, I was surprised how much I remembered of it. The slow arpeggio's, the space voices sometimes buried deep, the infinity reverb/delay to suggest more space. I am not sure if its the genre defying album of that particular musical scene, but I agree: its a nice one, that deserved a re-release. Had it been also re-issued if this was from mister Nobody and not from B. Lustmord? I am not too sure there.
And to remain on the issue of re-issues, from around the same time frame as Arecibo is is the album by Isolrubin BK, another pseudonym from B. Lustmord. Each music his own name. This album deals with violent car accidents. Here I remembered mostly the strong opening piece, with its pulsating heartbeat rhythm, deep synth and crashing cars (plus lots of echo, I now note), but somewhere halfway this piece the thing gets more and more industrial music like. It sounds almost like two pieces stuck together. The rest of the CD I didn't seem to remember, and it might be even longer when I last heard this. But now I hear it, I think I remember why: apart from all the voice samples on car crashes and death, the music is rather dull. Industrial noise based in 'Cranio-facial Absorptions: Multiple Lacerations', but mainly more rhythm based in the others. Banging, industrialized rhythms, a bit heavy, techno based at times, but it sounds pretty dated. Maybe Arecibo sounds dated too, come to think
of
it, but that kind of music is still being made today, and before Arecibo also, so there isn't much new under the sun (either), but the rhythm 'n noise of Isolrubin BK sounds very much like that early 90s drum computers mixed with analogue synthesizers. Piercing industrial music. And here is the same question again: Had it been also re-issued if this was from mister Nobody and not from B. Lustmord? I am not too sure there. (FdW)
Address: http://www.soleilmoon.com

AMY X NEUBURG & THE CELLO CHIXTET - THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SUBWAYS (CD by Minmaxmusic)
A beauty this one. Let's say an album of "chamber pop". Dozens of references were triggered: Fibonaccis, Kurt Weil, opera, Kate Bush, cabaret, Laurie Anderson, Dagmar Krause, etc, etc. We have here a collection of 13 very accessible songs, but too much avant garde and experimental to reach a bigger audience I‚m afraid. The first time I was impressed by the combination of voice and cello was through the work of Arthur Russell many years ago. On this new work of Amy X Neuburg we find the same combination. The classically trained voice of Neuburg combined with three equally skilled cello players: Jessica Ivry, Elaine Kreston and Elizabeth Vandervennet. Besides voice, Neuburg also makes effective and sparse use of electronics and drums. Also she uses the technique of multi-layering voices. It is surprising that this music was created for a live performance, what makes this recording even more astonishing as the role of technique is considerable. The creator is Amy X Neuburg who wrote
all music and lyrics, except for the improvisation "Tongues" and the closing track "Back in NY" by Genesis. After "Residue" by Amy X Neuburg & Men, it took her about 5 years to return with a new CD, this time as Amy X Neuburg & The Cello Chixtet. I don't know much of her musical past. From what I understand she is best known for her live solo performances, using MIDI drum kit, sounds and samples.
"The Secret Language of Subways" shows that Neuburg is open for many influences, eclectic in a way, but her pronounced musical language and vision binds everything strongly together following a convincing inner logic. This makes it sound all very natural and undivided. Her songs are carefully modeled and arranged. I guess it must have taken quite some time to sculpt all this material. For sure Neuburg is a very skilled composer, singer and performer. The narrative and dramatic content of the texts are very precise and beautifully accentuated in the music and its the performance. With each listening I discover new subtleties. No doubt this will continue. (DM)
Address: http://www.minmaxmusic.com/

MATT WESTON - SEASICK BLACKOUT (CD by 7272Music)
As his new CD proves, american percussionist and composer Matt Weston continues to built on his universe of music of gigantic proportions by making little steps. Every now and then Weston releases a CD-single through his label 7272Music. We have reported earlier of his releases here as you might remember and because of this it may satisfy to encounter him again in Vital Weekly. And yes, there is good reason to it. Also "Seasick Blackout" is another outspoken statement by Weston. With his newest CD-single he presents his newest compositions that take about 5 up to 7 minutes. Three tracks only, "You're Not That's Right", "I Just Saw Fog And Dust" and "This October, All Octobers". Everything is composed, played, arranged, and produced by Weston himself. Although these compositions underwent considerable manipulations, at the same time the music has a strong live feeling, which is part of the secret. The acoustics of his drum and percussion sound very spatial. The noise and electronics
are of a raw quality. Experimentalists like Weston not always have the talent to make music their music emotionally engaging and moving. In the case of Weston it is. Another part of his secret. Like in his earlier work Weston creates again big gestures and orchestral maneuvers from unusual ingredients. For sure Weston opens a new dimension to percussion-orientated music. (DM)
Address: http://www.7272music.com

STIAN SKAGEN - THE INWARD RISING (CD by Prisma Records)
'The Inward Rising' is an installation by one Stian Skagen (born in 1980), who recorded with Arabrot, Ryfylke and Nernes/Skagen. The installation deals with an one year research 'in paint pigments reflective and absorbing light qualities. LED lights was programmed to change the colors reflecting from the painting. Various patterns and color combinations build up a large painting that in constant change as the lights are changing'. On youtube there is a video of this. The music doesn't make this clear I think. The almost seventeen minute piece starts out quite nice in a micro glitch manner, but then changes (inward?) towards a heavy blocks of noise crashing into eachother, which is not very interesting. I must say it stands by itself as a piece of music, which is nice enough, even when I'm not entirely convinced about the piece itself. (FdW)
Address: http://www.prismarecords.blogspot.com

SEND + RECEIVE (double DVD by Send + Receive)
Occasionally Vital Weekly may have printed the line up of the Send & Receive festival, held yearly in Winnipeg, Canada, but it escaped me that they have been going on since 1998. To celebrate the first ten years a box was released with an extensive booklet about the artists who performing there, one DVD with music and one DVD with a documentary. The music DVD has no visuals, just music. And what an amount! This is not a compilation with snippets of music, this is, at least at time complete performances. Say Jason Kahn forty minutes, Oval twenty six, Lee Ranaldo & Dean Roberts one hour, Tim Hecker thirty-nine, Thomas Jirku almost fifty minutes etc? Altogether its almost eleven hours of music. Not something you would digest at once I guess. I'd recommend with starting with the documentary on the second disc. Here various people involved in the festival explain what the festival is about - experimental music in the broadest sense of the word, which is nice, but also we get fragment
glimpses of concerts. We see Oval behind his laptop and devices (last minutes of his concerts and immediately packing up, not noting the sheers from the audience), Cindy with a cello, installation by Carsten Nicolai, obscure mechanisms by Micheal Dumontier or David Grubbs just with his acoustic guitar. Not a festival for those who do just laptop concerts, although there are who do (Tomas Jirku, Duul_drv). Also we see some people people not on present on the other DVD like Gert-Jan Prins, Skolz Kolgen, Otomo Yoshihide and Kaffe Matthews. Great to see, it gives the aspiring musician lots of ideas. From the live DVD its good to hear David Grubbs (although with four minutes the shortest concert here), Jirku's laidback dubby techno, the grainy textures of Tim Hecker, Kahn always fine minimalist electronics and drumming, I8U likewise minimalism of laptop processing and Oren Ambarchi's guitar playing erupting. And that's not even half of it. The sound quality varies from line recording to
microphone recordings, which makes changes quite abrupt, but altogether this is a package that keeps you busy for an entire sunday, but what else should you do on such a day anyway? (FdW)
Address: http://www.sendandreceive.org

LARS-GUNNAR BODIN - JENSEITS-BEYOND (CD by Firework Edition)
JEAN-PHILIPPE ANTOINE/MARCEL BROODTHAERS/LEIF ELGGREN - OBJET METAL ESPRIT (7" by Firework Edition)
The career of Lars-Gunnar Bodin (1935) started already in the sixties when he was influenced by John Cage and David Tudor. His early works were concrete poetry and later also electr-acoustic work and electronic work. Apparently there is also a volume one of his work, as this is volume two, focussing on sound art from 1989 to 2004. Six pieces here from this period, and no concrete poetry. Each of the pieces is described in the booklet, which is makes a fine read when listening to the music. It shows his various fascinations with sound but also other things, such as piece dedicated to his father. With seventy-six minutes of music this is quite a heavy work - in terms of duration. I must admit that I first played three, then put it aside for a while, and then returned for the next three. This is great music, but perhaps at times also a bit dry and academic. Sounds bounce up and down in and outside the piece - in each piece that is. Like said, this is not easy music to take in in one go,
but throughout very nice.
The 7" deals with Marcel Broodthaers and his open letter to 'all customers and anyone interested' in his fictional museum which he ran from 1968 to 1972. It deals with the words 'object, metal, spirit' written on a telephone. Jean-Philippe Antoine and Leif Elggren interpret this, or rather keep the line open after forty years in the five pieces on this 7". One is a sound poetry like piece for one voice, or one with five voices and one is an organ like piece (by Elggren). A highly conceptual little record that leaves much room to think about rather than the pure entertainment a record would normally bring. A different kind of entertainment, more a thought running through time. (FdW)
Address: http://www.fireworkeditionsrecords.com

AUN - UTICA (7" by Drone Records)
CTPEHIN - DUAD (7" by Drone Records)
MELANCHOLOLICS - MASKING MY MONKEYS (7" by Drone Records)
Now that we are approaching the 100th Drone Records, the last bundle of three arrive (DR 96, 97 and 98), and the first is by Aun from Montreal. He has produced some CDs for Oral and this 7" is his first vinyl release. Aun plays guitar and sound effects and his music can be soft or loud, but always seem to operate inside the territory of drone music. The title track is quite loud, and reminded me of Our Love Will Destroy The World: an orgasmic explosion of drone music. 'Lelehudah' on the other side is a more reflective piece of music. The distortion pedal is used to a great effect: far away yearning in the background. Two fine pieces, which made me want a bit more.
Ctpehin is a duo from Russia of SIF and Aedria Hughes, sometimes with friends and their seven (!) children. Previously I reviewed a 3 CDR from them. Here too the a-side is quite loud and vicious - a brain splitting piece of drone music, but maybe a bit too heavy for me. Here too the other side is much softer, and ultimately much nicer I think. Some grainy, lo-fi guitar sound, field recordings of heavy rain fall and obscured effects from the world of cassettes. An excellent piece.
I never heard of the Melanchoholics, which apparently is a trio from Germany, who have a conventional line up of guitar, bass and electronic sounds. They come from a background of death metal, grindcore and industrial music - yet this isn't shown on this 7". The music is very coherent here, with a great moody piece on the a-side, which fades out - unfortunately as this could have lasted much longer (one of those major disadvantages of the format). The other side has a like wise moody tune, but here the guitar sounds out. Lots of reverb to create a lot of melancholy. This works more as a song, rather than an outtake, and makes a wonderful 7". Who are they I wondered? (FdW)
Address: http://www.dronerecords.de

GERECHTIGSKEITS LIGA/GEHIRN.IMPLOSION CENTAURA CYANUS (7" by Versand Records)
The name Gerechtigskeits Liga I remember from the late 80s. I did hear them on compilation cassettes, perhaps even a piece on vinyl, but I don't remember wether I liked them or not. Original member Till Bruggemann teams up with one Ragnar and recorded a new piece. It seems to me like it sounds as before. A heavy loaded synth with the darkest of keyboards and rumbling percussive sounds. It seems like its missing something, vocals perhaps? It comes across as the start of a new track, but yet entirely finished. A fine trip however to yesteryear. On the other side we have Gehirn.Implosion from Bremen, of whom I think I never heard with quite a heavy piece of noise music. A dark rumble brings on a storm of feedback and noise. They call it 'dark-emo-noise' and while I may not see the emo part of it, its all dark and noise indeed. Not entirely my cup of tea, but surely a record to use to empty a dance floor. Limited to 199 copies. (FdW)
Address: http://www.virb.com/gehirnimplosion

ANIMAL MACHINE / C-UTTER  KALIYUGA (CDR by R.O.N.F. Records)
Kali Yuga (as it should be) is a 38 minute track of harsh electronics with (pseudo) screaming, explosive electro, oscillator and heavy drone. The site describes as "harsh ambient".Kali - not to be confused with 'Kali-li' the Beatles spoof in "Help!" or maybe? = Wikki- " lit. "age of (the male demon) Kali", or "age of vice") is the last of the four stages that the world goes through as part of the cycle of yugas described in the Indian scriptures" continues .. the age when. "Rulers will become unreasonable. Will no longer see it as their duty to promote spirituality, or to protect their subjects: they will become a danger to the world. People will start migrating, seeking countries where wheat and barley form the staple food source... Humans will openly display animosity towards each other.. People will have thoughts of murder for no justification and they will see nothing wrong with that mind-set. Lust will be viewed as being socially acceptable, and sexual intercourse will be seen
as
the central requirement of life, with the result that even 13 to 16-year old girls will get pregnant. Sin will increase exponentially, whilst virtue will fade and cease to flourish. People will take vows only to break them soon after. (sub-primes?) People will become addicted to intoxicating drinks and drugs. Men will find their jobs stressful and will go to retreats to escape their work. Gurus will no longer be respected and their students will attempt to injure them. Their teachings will be insulted and followers of Kama (as in Sutra) will wrest control of the mind from all human beings." The problem here is - to put it most blatantly - in view of the age - are they taking the piss- 38 minutes to represent 4,000 years of decline seems odd at the most forgiving. And if in reply the idea that subject matter is in this case irrelevant then the whole thing becomes a double bind.  The indifference to the prophecy is supported itself by the same. The taking on of some core Buddhist /
Hindu cosmology no more (or not) significant than the utilization of child pornography and sexual mutilation. However to say this as nothing to do with the music is itself contradictory- and we go on and on. So you are either bothered by the textuality within this and all music - or you're not reading this. (jliat)
Address: http://www.ronfrecords.com/home.php

TORTURING NURSE/ANIMAL MACHINE - STRESS OF HAVING NOTHING TO DO / CYCLES OF CREATION, DESTRUCTION AND REBIRTH (CDR by Keep it Frozen)
T.N. is the Chinese group? Very much underrated IMO whose noise work always sounds fresh, enthusiastic and alive, not hidden in either abstract electronics or over-laden concepts. Here performing in such manner a 16 minute piece,  I'd recommend all of their work that I've come across, including this, for its spontaneous  élan vital. It seems true that everything these days is made in china.. and I cant complain about the quality. Animal Machine (from Poland) utilizes white noise though eschews
HNW for a gradual intersecting of short staccato silences over an 8 minutes  which perhaps is some kind of semitology, but doesn't seem to relate to the titles referencing of the eternal return as the piece is neither static (HNW) or circular (TEROTS)  or completely teleologic, its necessary to make up ones mind even if that is to realize it cant be made up, I'm alluding to some kind of Heideggererian maneuver which I think might make some more profound departure from even sound itself, certainly production, in the idea of overcoming consumerism by consumption as opposed to production - of in this case T.N.(jliat)
Address: http://welcome.to/kifrecording

CHEMINS - CDR #2 (CDR, private)
Back in Vital Weekly 707 I was pleasantly surprised by a release from Chemins from Finland. One untitled piece of twenty minutes, and on their second release they continue that: another untitled twenty minute piece. Drums seem to have a more loose percussive role here, but otherwise it continues the lines set forward as before. Improvisation for a rock group line up playing some mood induced music, incorporating field recordings. The piece here is in two parts (cut as one track). The first is soft and moody, with repeating loops of sound, while the second works its way up to some noisy climax, before dying out. A great piece I think, and again: this should be picked up by one of the many CDR labels, as this deserves more attention. (FdW)
Address: http://www.cheminsgroup.blogspot.com

FEDRICO BARABINO/KAZUYA ISHIGAMI (CDR by Neus 318)
The great thing about this release is the extended liner notes that come with it. Everything you always wanted to know about Federico Barabino and Kazuya Ishigami. The latter is the man behind the label, and who worked with Billy?, Daruin and a whole bunch of others. These days he is mainly into computer music. The piece he has on this release is 'CARSAJ' (which is Jasrac in reverse, the Japanese mechanical rights organisation). He uses as an input the sounds from a concert of last year, which he feeds through some computer patch, depicted on the insert. Its a nice piece of flickering sounds, microbes eating away the notes, but also not the most original pieces in the world. Its surely nice enough however.
Barabino's main instrument is the guitar, which studies and teaches. His interest is in a wide musical field, but perhaps we only get to hear his more experimental work which he releases around the world and sometimes in collaboration with others, such Don Campau or Charles Rice Goff III. In his piece here, called 'Solo En Vivo III', its hard to recognize the guitar as such. The guitar (perhaps acoustic or semi-acoustic) is used as a resonator to create a sine wave like pattern, which penetrates straight into your brain if you play this loud. It changes only in a minimal fashion over the course of the twenty some minutes. Very much like a great Alvin Lucier piece. An excellent piece. (FdW)
Address: http://www.neus318.com

CREPUSCULAR - DEEP SLOW MAJESTY (CDR by Black Drone)
LIGHT & VAPOR - MISTER VAPOR (CDR by Black Drone)
BRING ME THE HEAD OF ORION - COURTING LEVIATHAN (CDR by Black Drone)
On this for me new label we find for me also three new artists. The first one is Crepuscular, also known as Angel JL who says on the cover: 'all droning atmospheres, sublows emanations, astronomical sonic collapses and electric guitar sections' were recorded by his (her?). Five tracks of great sonic depth, and there is not an untrue word in the listing of 'instruments'. Music from outer space - not the lightweight arpeggio's you may find on an average (semi-) new age record, or perhaps the latest Tangerine Dream, but as the universe itself: pitch black with not a single light coming through. Hermetically closed, this is the darker than dark ambient music. If I had a label called Black Drone, then I would release it too, I guess. It weightless music that weighs a lot - if you get my space drift. Nothing new, but it fits the black winter evening.
No information on Mister Vapor's 'Light & Vapor' release. Light is present, at least more than on the Crepuscular release, but not a lot. I think, based on what I hear, that at the core of the music lies various field recordings, and many processed layers thereof. The opening piece is very short, followed by a short piece that indicates what it is about here, field recordings and processing. The third (of course untitled) track seems to be recorded in a parking house with the microphone pointing towards the streets outside. Its a bit long this track, although the idea of using a natural resonating space is nice. The fourth one is an attempt at producing a musical track, with a rhythm loop of some kind or the other, set against highly reverberating sounds. The fifth piece (which curiously starts with the same water sounds as three of the four other tracks) seems to be repeat action of the third, which was a pity. This one is even longer (twenty-one minute), and perhaps a bit more on
the electronic process, but too long. A fairly unbalanced release I think, which could probably be have been a nice 3"CDR.
On the release of 'Bring Me The Head Of Orion' we find a lengthy quote from the book of Job, which kind of eludes me. No information on the music itself though. Of the three this is the longest release. A man, his guitar and three distortion boxes. That's it. Its been a while since I heard a release that I thought was so boring and lame. It drags on and on, for fifty-four minutes and fifty-nine seconds. Endless wailing of guitars and distortion boxes. Maybe its genius, but I am missing the point entirely. (FdW)
Address: http://www.blackdrone.com

EVAN DORRIAN (CDR by Hellosquare Recordings)
Perhaps I already wrote this before, but slowly Hellosquare Recordings develops into a label for all things improvised and no longer they are concerned with all things microsound and laptop. The real instrument is what we want here. Evan Dorrian is a percussionist whose work we already heard with Spartak and Pollen Trio, as well as various duets with like minded musicians from down under, such as Dave Brown, Seaworthy, Andrew Pekler and Adrian Klumpes. On this self-titled release he plays solo and listed are drum kit, percussion and junk. Although I think it displays his qualities as an improviser quite well, I must admit it wasn't entirely blown away by this release. Its a pretty decent display of fairly traditional improvised music. The drums sounds as drums, the percussion as percussion and the junk is alike junk being played by a percussionist. Its good, its solid, and perhaps not the biggest surprise. Its perhaps a very fine business card to drum up some more collaborations.
That's where the power of such music lies: the interaction with others. (FdW)
Address: http://www.hellosquarerecordings.com

BRUNO MOREIGNE - ANEMOS VOL. 2 (3"CDR by Kaon)
Following the first volume of 'Anemos' (see Vital Weekly 706), here is the second one. Moreigne, not known as a very active composer, again goes out in the woods of rural France to record his sound material for what will be a five part series. The usual elements are there, again, like birds, water, insects rain and of course the wind. The wind is what it also revolves (or rather evolves) about. It takes a while before we are there, as we first hear a lot of other sounds, church bells and such like included. It almost makes you want to a book a holiday into that rural French areas. Although this is actually nice, perhaps as nice as the previous, its not something we haven't heard before. I wonder how this series will evolve. Will it be five similar discs or will there be some sort of development towards the compositional technique applied? This again seems a sequence of various events, rather than a layered composition or a single event. We'll wait and see. (FdW)
Address: http://www.kaon.org

M. OSTERMEIER - PERCOLATE (3"CDR by [parvoart])
ADVENT (Compilation 3"CDR by [parvoart])
In the days of icy temperatures and snow-white landscapes in the Copenhagen area, the reception of two releases from microlabel [parvoart] is like a gift from heaven. The name of the German based label is unnecessarily to say, a dedication to Baltic contemporary classical composer Arvo Pärt, but the term also refers to the latin word for "Small" art. The basic part of the catalogue of the label thus is released as a 3"-inch sized format and a limited playing time approx. 25 minutes. This is also the case with the two latest releases from the label. First album is a solo release of Maryland-based composer Marc Ostermeier who has a background in the postrock-band "Should". A fact that is easily demonstrated on this debut release on [parvoart] with the strong emphasis on acoustic expressions of piano and momentarily shoegazer-like guitar. The acoustic parts are combined with electronic sound and downbeat rhythm textures always staying the nocturnal and melancholic spheres. Truely
engaging album from M. Ostermeier who will also release another mini album on the Hibernate label. Next album is a mini sampler of the label. With the title "Advent", the label nails the fact that main catalogue, counting 12 releases over two years, is soundtracks of autumnal and wintry expressions. And the nine contributions present album stays in the melancholic atmospheres of the dark winter period, with the common denominator of being relatively short pieces with average playing time of 2-3 minutes. The quality of ambience is very high on this 25 minutes journey through the first years of [parvoart]. A main ingredient in quite a few of the contributions are acoustic elements such as piano and guitar. So many great moments on this compilation and not one single dull second, this is the perfect entry for everyone to check out this amazing label. Essential ambient!
Address: <http://www.parvoart.org>http://www.parvoart.org

DRIPHOUSE - ROMATI & GAINS (cassette by Baked Tapes)
WASTELAND JAZZ UNTI/(D)(B)(H) (cassette by Baked Tapes)
SLASHER RISK - CHILLERS (cassette by Baked Tapes)
Three tapes from Baked Tapes, with a varying degree of information, but no address on all of them for the label. Nice printed covers though. A website is quickly found, but also doesn't tell much more about the artists. It seems to be a mixed bag, music-wise this label. The first one is by Driphouse, recorded straight to computer, using a Roland Alpha Juno 1 and Electro-Harmonix Memory Man. This is exactly the kind of stuff why I like tapes, still, after all these years. A simple keyboard thing running around, a bit cosmic even, but also played with a great sense of naivety. Improvisation, but not in a way that is normally used here. This guy just fiddles about, makes mistakes, leaves them in while the tape is still running. This could have been released in 1985, I got it on a trade and thought it was very nice. Now its 2010, and I still am a sucker of things like this.
Something entirely different is the split by Wasteland Jazz Unit and (D)(B)(H), which in this case stands for (D)amaged (B)achelor (H)ood. Both have been reviewed before. The first time (in Vital Weekly 676) I heard Wasteland Jazz Unit I thought they were the grandsons of Borbetomagus. The line up of Jon Lorenz on saxophones and one John Rich on clarinets hasn't changed, but the music has a bit. It starts out with some electronic sounds panning left to right, before exploding into noise - ah the Borbetomagus sound revived. Like noted before, this is actually the noise I like. Lots of infuriating power of two instruments crashing at high speed and mucho energy. On the other side (D)amaged (B)achelor (H)ood, of whom we recently heard two CDR releases on Friends & Relatives Records (see Vital Weekly 710). This floating membership band deal with improvised from a noise rock end. Drums lack here, but there are three guitars, a bass, a floor tom, cymbal (ok, perhaps there are drums) and
someone opening and closing a door (if ever you want to be a non-musician: there is your door to fame). They play not as noise based as Wasteland Jazz Unit, but perhaps that has to do with the somewhat lower recording quality? When compared to the two previous releases I heard by them, I think this one is closest to 'A Shredded Leaf Doesn't Blow'. The music goes on and on, but throughout seems to lack attention and detail, and was probably more fun to play as a musician (even the one on the door) than it is to hear from the listener, divided by time and place from the actual recording.
No information at all on Slasher Risk's 'Chillers' tape - but the cover is a nice full color print. Unfocussed is a word that also applies here. The music starts and then never seems to stop. A bit of a messy sound of electronics, loops perhaps feeding through a bunch of stomp boxes. It sounds all fairly simple (but albeit of an entirely different kind than Driphouse), and no doubt its created as such, but its strangely captivating, in a sort of lo-fi psychedelic way. It runs for almost an hour, only separated by a break on the end of side A. One long hallucinating sort of noise drone. Also very 80s, I guess. Very nice one. (FdW)
Address: http://www.thebakeryfloor.com/bt/

STEPHAN MATHIEU - 10 MINUTES (download from Ash International)
Ok, the rule is that we no longer review online releases. I make those rules, so I can also break them if I want to. I like to make this exception for the release by Stephan Mathieu. Not only a highly amiable man, but also a producer of all fine things music wise. The description is clear: ""Nine webcam movies for handheld devices shot with my laptop's camera between September and October 2009. The soundtrack is basically what was playing then." Mathieu has a fascination for flickering images, not man produced (well, not necessarily), but from natural events. The wind moves the curtain and the sun tries to burst in. Light on an old shellac (and incidentally picking up the sound from the shellac). Images from the garden, shadow of trees. Simply process like images and accidental sound, which however fits the image well (or vice versa of course: the image fit well to the music). A short sweet production, that, had I one, I would stick immediately on my iphone/ipad/mobile. In fact I
wouldn't mind to have all of these as 10 minutes pieces each. (FdW)
Address: http://www.ashinternational.com/editions/ash_86_stephan_mathieu_10_minutes.html

New MP3 releases


From: "Jakob Riis" <jakob@sonicescape.net>

http://www.archive.org/details/ca354_hr
http://clinicalarchives.blogspot.com/2010/01/ca354-hindi-riis-trunking.html

Artist: Hindi + Riis
Title: Trunking
#ca354
Date: 2010-01-28
Keywords: electroacoustic; improvisation; experimental
Tracklist:
01 - Clear box - 11:09 (320 kbps)
02 - Joybubbles - 9:49 (320 kbps)
03 - Blue box - 8:45 (320 kbps)
04 - Linemen - 19:28 (320 kbps)

Jassem Hindi (FRA/LEB): lo-fi electro-acoustic material: diverted
machines, amplified objects, contact mics, found tapes, no-fi field
recordings, no input mixing board.
Jakob Riis (DK/SWE): laptop, MaxMSP, real time processing.
Recorded at Mains d'Ouvres, Paris feb. 2007


Announcements:

1. From: Darren Bergstein <eimag@verizon.net>


it gives me great pleasure to announce the launching of a home concert series for electronic and experimental music called one thousand pulses.

these exclusive events, hosting an eclectic mix of electronic and experimental artists from across the categorical spectrum, will take place in the office/library of my home in northeast new jersey, just north of new york city.

a formal e-invite to our first event, this saturday january 30th, will be arriving in your inbox shortly.

to purchase tickets and for further information:

- Official site: http://onethousandpulses.wordpress.com/
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Thousand-Pulses/193816200641

here is the 2010 line-up confirmed thus far:


- JANUARY 30th - Stone Document
- FEBRUARY 20TH - Pogus Showcase featuring If, Bwana (Al Margolis), Tom Hamilton & Jacqueline Martelle
- MARCH 6 - Richard Lainhart
- APRIL 24 - Don Slepian
- MAY 8 - Spyra
- MAY 15 - Robert Rich
- MAY 22 - Northern Valentine
- JULY 17 - Spitznagel
- AUGUST 7 - Gears of Sand Showcase featuring Ben Fleury-Steiner, Mikronesia & William Fields
- AUGUST 28 - Experimedia Showcase featuring Jeremy Bible, Billy Gomberg, etc.
- SEPT - tba
- OCT - tba
- NOVEMBER - tba

we still have three slots open for the fall season - i encourage all artists reading this who might be interested in performing at one thousand pulses to contact me at <thousandpulses@verizon.net> for all necessary particulars, questions, etc.

we look forward to seeing you, as either attendee or performer, at an upcoming one thousand pulses event.


2. From: "Zipo@AA" <zipo@aufabwegen.com>

aufabwegen presents:

KEIJI HAINO [jap]
&
MIKA VAINIO + ILPO VAISANEN [ex Pan Sonic/fin]

a unique live collaboration

04.02.2010, 20.00h
Stadtgarten, Venloer Str. 40, 50674 Koeln, Germany
Tickets at: www.stadtgarten.de
support: [multer]
-- filmic drones out of Dortmund ---

05.02.2010, 22.00h
@KLANGZEIT FESTIVAL
BlackBox/cuba, Achtermannstr. 12, 48143 Muenster, Germany
Tickets at: www.klangzeit-muenster.de

and:

C-SCHULZ & FX RANDOMIZ (Sonig)
"Das Ohr am Gleis"
Multichannel electro-acoustic concert based on train recordings from all
over Europe

06.02.2010, 22.00h
@KLANGZEIT FESTIVAL
BlackBox/cuba, Achtermannstr. 12, 48143 Muenster, Germany
Tickets at: www.klangzeit-muenster.de


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