“Aphorism” (Soundcloud demo)

With just a day to spare, I managed to get an entry into Hilary Hahn’s Encore Contest.
Below is a Soundcloud embed of a midi demo of “Aphorism,” a brief duo for violin and piano. I like creating miniatures – and love that Hilary is running this contest – so this was doubly fun to write.

Preview of 2011 BoaC Marathon Artists (Soundcloud)

The Bang on a Can 2011 Marathon is nearly upon us. To help get listeners and downtown aficionados in the proper spirit, BoaC is sharing a sampler of participating artists via Soundcloud.

Event Details

2011 Bang on a Can Marathon is on Sunday, June 19 from 11am-Midnight at the World Financial Center Winter Garden (220 Vesey Street, NYC).

The Marathon’s 12+ hours of FREE ear-bending music by more than 150 performers and composers working in numerous genres kicks off the River To River Festival and is co-presented by Arts World Financial Center.

Performing this year:

Philip Glass and the Bang on a Can All-Stars

Asphalt Orchestra performing music by Yoko Ono and Frank Zappa

Glenn Branca

Sun Ra Arkestra

Sentieri Selvaggi

Bryce Dessner

Michael Gordon

David Lang

Julia Wolfe

Forma’s S/T LP (Review)

Spectrum Spools via Editions Mego

Brooklynite synth trio Sophie Lam, George Bennett, and Mark Dwinell comprise Forma. On their self-titled debut LP (which I’ve heard as digital tracks but is also available on vinyl), they channel facets of IDM, kraut rock, minimalism, and ambient synthesized drones to stirring effect.

Eschewing track titles, the group numbers the cuts “Forma 197,” “Forma 237A,” et cetera. And while this avoids programmatic associations, it’s a telling indication of how organically, despite these disparate influences, the constituent pieces form a coherent whole. Swaths of analog synths and whorls of Farfisa organ combine into washes of harmony; punctuated by bleeping drones and underpinned by softly articulated beats.

True, there are a plethora of acts currently trying to combine vintage gear with postmodern aesthetics in latter day avant pop process music: Forma just does it better than most. Recommended.

Forma: FORMA by alteredzones

Woods share new track, tour with Fresh and Onlys

Sun and Shade, Woods’ sixth LP, is out 6/14 on the Woodsist imprint. They’re sharing a teaser track on Soundcloud (embed below).

“Pushing Onlys” – Woods by forcefieldpr

They’re also touring far and wide this summer!

Woods Tour Dates
Sat-May-28 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre / B.O.M.B Fest 2011
Mon-Jul-11 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall *
Tue-Jul-12 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa *
Wed-Jul-13 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace *
Thu-Jul-14 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop *
Fri-Jul-15 Bloomington, IN Russian Recording *
Sat-Jul-16 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
Mon-Jul-18 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry #
Tue-Jul-19 Fargo, ND The Aquarium #
Sat-Jul-23 Vancouver, BC Electric Owl #
Sun-Jul-24 Bellingham, WA The Shakedown #
Mon-Jul-25 Portland, OR Doug Fir #
Wed-Jul-27 Sacramento, CA Sol Collective #
Fri-Jul-29 San Francisco, CA The Independent #
Sat-Jul-30 Big Sur, CA Woodsist Festival – Fernwood Lodge ***SOLD OUT***
Sun-Jul-31 Big Sur, CA Woodsist Festival – Henry Miller Library ***SOLD OUT***
Tue-Aug-02 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex #%
Wed-Aug-03 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room %
Fri-Aug-05 Austin, TX The Mohawk %
Sun-Aug-07 Oxford, MS Cats Purring Dude Ranch %
Mon-Aug-08 Atlanta, GA The Earl %
Tue-Aug-09 Asheville, NC Grey Eagle %
Sat-Aug-13 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom %!
Sun-Sep-04 Dorset, UK End of The Road Fest
Mon-Sep-05 Manchester, UK Sound Control *
Tue-Sep-06 Glasgow, UK Stereo*
Wed-Sep-07 Bristol, UK The Fleece *
Thu-Sep-08 London, UK Scala *

* = w/ Kurt Vile and the Violators
# = w/ The Fresh & Onlys
% = w/ White Fence
! = w/ Ducktails