Ladies and Gentleman, Start Your Smartphones

Tonight at 6:30 PM, Phil Kline’s dreamcitynine, a new work for smartphone wielders and 60 percussionists playing a quiet accompaniment, will be premiered at the North (Hearst) Plaza of Lincoln Center in NYC. The work’s title is an anagram of the word ‘indeterminacy;’ appropriately, it is a Lincoln Center Dut of Doors commission to celebrate the Cage centenary.

The source material consists of sixty one-minute long stories, told by a range of artists, from Kline to Philip Glass to Andrei Codrescu. You can hear and download them via Q2 here.

Audience participation is encouraged. You can download a droid app here and iPhone one here.

Willits/Sakamoto: “Reticent Reminiscence” (SoundCloud)




One of the keenly anticipated adventurous music releases of Summer 2012, Ancient Future, the latest collaboration of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christopher Willits, sees its physical release via the Ghostly imprint on August 6th in the EU/UK and August 7th everywhere else.


To tide you over, our friends at RCRDLBL are sharing a premiere of the album stream here. You can also stream album track “Reticent Reminiscence” via an embed from the label’s SoundCloud page below.


Supreme Cuts: “Ciroc Waterfalls” (SoundCloud)

Dovecote releases Supreme Cuts’ recording Whispers in the Dark on July 10. Check out a teaser track, “Ciroc Waterfalls,” via the SoundCloud embed below.

Supreme Cuts – Summer Concerts

7/11 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL (record release show w/ The-Drum, Mister Lies)
7/20 – Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY (record release show w/ The-Drum, Sich Mang)
7/27 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL (w/ Gold Panda)
8/16 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, Canada *
8/17 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA *
8/18 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR *
8/20 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA *
8/21 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA *
8/23 – The Pool @ The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV *
8/25 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO *

* w/ Polica

Willits & Sakamoto: “Completion” (SoundCloud)

Our friends at Ghostly are releasing Ancient Future, a collaboration by Christopher Willits and Ryuichi Sakamoto on July 30. Available only through the imprint is a limited pressing (300 units) of the release on clear vinyl.

Below is an embed of “Completion,” a track from the release shared via SoundCloud.

I wrote a feature on Sakamoto for Signal to Noise Magazine’s Issue #60, Winter 2010 (order here).

Daw Nusk: “Hunter Gatherer” via Koppklys

Daw Nusk
Hunter Gatherer
Koppklys #010 (cassette run of 60)

Dynamic instrumental music replete with warm synths as a pervasive grounding, long spun drones, field recorded additions, notably cawing gulls, and finally, surging crescendos and Mellotron-like strings pushing the levels higher towards red. If the old saw about ambient music is that it is dull or, at the very least, useful only as background listening on a yoga mat, Daw Nusk proves it wrong. Luxuriating in sound need never be a static experience and, on Hunter Gatherer it is quite the contrary; a pleasing aural journey that is nevertheless filled with a number of surprises and shifts of demeanor along the way. A generous collection of six compositions: recommended.


Improv Friday Pipes Down


Over at Sequenza 21 Editor Steve Layton’s Bandcamp page, is a free download of a comp he’s curated, titled ppp. Description and embed below.
“Between April 26th-28th 2012, twenty-five musicians from around the U.S. and the world gathered at the music-sharing website known as ImprovFriday.com. The suggested theme for our sharing was simply “ppp;” i.e., the music term for “extremely soft and quiet.” How each person interpreted this in their own performance was left to them. This CD documents mash-ups I made during the course of the weekend event, of all the different tracks coming in to the site from these musicians. Some tracks were heavily edited, but most were left close to their original state, and simply allowed to interact with the other tracks in an unforced way.”

Musicians: Günter Gläser, Kawol Samarkand, Roger Sundström, Peter Thörn, Glenn Smith, J.C. Combs, Lee Noyes, Kavin Allenson, Steve Moyes, Richard Sanderson, Paul Muller, Lydia Busler-Blais, Benjamin Smith, Jérôme Poirier, Fabio Keiner, Norbert Oldani, Chris Vaisvil, Steve Layton, Paulo Chagas, Steve Moshier, Bruce Hamilton, Shane Cadman, Jim Goodin.

released 29 April 2012




Experimedia’s April 18 Playlist




The folks at Experimedia, one of our favorite mail order record sellers, share so many cool teaser tracks via Soundcloud




Speaking of record sellers, don’t forget your brick and mortar vendors this Saturday – Record Store Day. Lots of in store performances, signings, swag, and limited edition releases!





Carter Tutti Void: Transverse (CD Review)

Carter Tutti Void
Transverse
Mute

Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle) and Nik Void (Factory Floor) created Transverse for the Short Circuit presents Mute festival at the Roundhouse, London in 2011. Rehearsing and preparing these tracks in the studio, they then performed them live (and live to tape) at the Roundhouse. The results are head turning and head-spinning, with many complexly hued textures that prove a revelatory exhibition of sonic timbres. Tutti’s singing is often treated as one instrument in the midst of many, rather than the conveyor of narrative or explicit sentiment. Void’s guitar work is also unconventional; he contributes bowed passages and grittily sinewed strata that combine with Carter’s musicking into a welter of drones.

Transverse explores the continuum between noise based improvisation and more rhythmically articulated and pitch-inflected music-making. Carter Tutti Void make avant-electronica at its most exultant and the results here are a jubilant clangor that ups the ante for acts – both analog and digital – to follow.

RJ Valeo visits Philly (cassette review)




The Philadelphia Recordings
RJ Valeo , synths, electronics; Justin Gibbon, drums, Justin Miller, bass and percussion
Digitalis Ltd. cassette #229

For a two day marathon of one-take recordings, Brooklyn/Atlanta electronic musician RJ Valeo joined bandmates Justin Gibbon and Justin Miller at SINergy Art Space, a 4000 square foot loft in Philadelphia. The result of their efforts is a cassette filled with reverberant soundscapes, populated by resilient grooves with swaths of bleary, effects laden live electronics. The B-side inexorably pulls you away from the toe-tapping ambience of the earlier music into a lush and leisurely paced sound world. It is a visceral pullback into the exhaustion of an adrenaline dump, signifying the end of an action packed weekend of music-making.




I can’t decide whether I prefer the trio at the effusive beginning of the session or during its hazy winding down. Fortunately, I don’t have to decide: one can just flip the tape over and enjoy it all again.
MBR>