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July 2011

 

         
 
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LP ASPEC(T) "Waspnest (viande rec.)

No Wave demolition is in order from this Italian duo, whose acrobatic brutality comes through an aktionist use of sax, electronics, voice and drums. Mimmo Napolitano (aka SEC_) and Mario Gabola quickly accelerate their shredding noises with reckless velocity of Mike Patton-esque glossolalia, splattered sax and guttural amplifier distortion. As quickly as Aspec(t) achieve turbo speed, the burn-out is equally as abrupt. The two slump into extended passages of dampened activity as if catching their collective breath through the comparatively restrained concoctions of free form drum kit skitter, porcine grunts and smeared feedback. Once recovered, the two blast off once again towards another nitrous-fuelled car crash.

Jim Haynes/Wire

 

 
12€

 

   

CD A SPIRALE "Agaspastik" (Viande rec.)

Try to imagine Kevin Drumm and Bhob Rainey playing rock together, with a drummer that deviate their already deviant music playing something coming from the sixties. The aim is to make music "not playing" (barbarous music, quoting Cornelius Cardew), a torn body that spits blood, whose only movement is generated by spastic contractions due to injuries. Agaspastik represents the "step beyond" of A spirale, that from electroacoustic destructuration of "Porosità" (cd-r) and "Gariga" (SM -- 1360) expand their range of possibility and control over the sound matter, losing themselves in the languages of radical improvisation, of power noise, of punk... Very dark and violent music, with bewildering moments of melody...

10€

 

         
   

CD ERIKM / NORBERT MÖSLANG " STODGY"(Mikroton)

eRikm first met Norbert Möslang in December 1998 at the festival More Scratch in Nantes when they first played together as part of ad-lib quartet gig which later became known as poire_z, a prominent electroacoustic improvisation quartet which existed until the split of Voice Crack in 2002.

Norbert Möslang has been playing in Voice Crack duo with Andy Guhl since 1972, they’ve been working with “cracked everyday-electronics”, modifying and recontextualising the use of home electronics. After the split he continued working solo and in different musical combinations using “cracked everyday-electronics”, among them a duo with eRikm with whom he played in duo from time to time since 2002. He released numerous solo albums as well as collaborations with Günter Müller, Jason Kahn, Ralf Wehowsky, Tomas Korber, Aube, Christian Weber, Katsura Yamauchi. He is part of Signal Quintet and mkm. Recently he released a solo record The Sound Of Insects on his own Bots imprint.

eRikm, based in Marseille, started his musicial activities as a virtuoso turntablist in early 90s, gradually shifting his focus to more abstract music, sometimes abandoning turntables or substituting them with minidiscs or CD-turntables. His recent record output includes collaborations with Michel Doneda, Jerome Noetinger, dieb13, the late Luc Ferrari, Thomas Lehn as well as solo albums Variations Opportunistes, Sixpériodes, Stème and the most recent Lux Paylettes.

Stodgy collects 3 recordings made while playing concerts in Europe between 2002 and 2005. They create an atmosphere of crafted danger featuring jagged shards of buzzes, hisses, noises and stodgy abrasiveness. Magnificently mastered by Guiseppe Ielasi. Paradoxically serial minimalist design made by Kurt Liedwart.

 

10€

 

   

CD HAMMERIVER: CLARE COOPER / CHRIS ABRAHAMS / CHRISTOF KURZMANN / TOBIAS DELIUS / CLAYTON THOMAS / WERNER DAFELDECKER / TONY BUCK (Mikroton)

Australian harpist Clare Cooper formed Hammeriver in Sydney in 2003 as a vehicle for dynamic investigation into the music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda — composer, harpist, pianist, organist and bandleader.

When Cooper moved to Berlin in April 2007, she created the band anew with previous collaborators from Australia: Clayton Thomas, Chris Abrahams and Tony Buck, and inviting Berlin-based musicians and friends Werner Dafeldecker, Tobias Delius and Christof Kurzmann. All seven musicians were interested in approaching jazz from a new and unusual angle — stretching and dissecting its powerful energy.

This collective experience of the diverse personnel also encompasses electroacoustic improvisation, musique concrète, psychedelic rock and reductionism. But instead of conflicts, they create a music that transforms and transcends their influences — singularly original, unexpected and rich.

This very special recording documents a day of music in the Saal 3 recording studio in the grand old East German radio station.

The first piece on the album, Ohnedaruth (Second Stabbing) is an exploration of Alice Coltrane’s Ohnedaruth from the album A Monastic Trio (Impulse 1968). Cooper created a graphic score that broke down what she identified as the essential elements of the music, but also allowed for movement and improvisation inspired by the original recording.

First FreeDD and Heartbreaker showcase the immense potential of the group’s improvisational language. All three pieces are edits of free improvisations.

E is based on a simple score by Cooper. All musicians are playing in, on and bending around the note E in any register — maintaining a consistent energy for the full 13 minutes — the challenge being to innovate and shape with (seemingly) limited tools.

The fact that there have been several years between the recording and release is no mistake for Cooper, “There are too many impulsive releases out there. I prefer to wait, to listen with space and distance, to hear if there is something living in the sound, something that travels beyond the day the music is recorded or performed. I hear something very alive and joyful in this recording… I’m happy to return to it again and to share it”.


10€
   

CD JASON KAHN / ASHER "PLANES" (Mikroton)

Over three decades Jason Kahn developed his unique sonic language, now exploring the interaction between sound and space using a compact setup of percussion and analog synthesizer. He has performed and recorded albums with Günter Müller, Norbert Möslang, Kim Cascone, Arnold Dreyblatt, Steve Roden, Dieb13, Richard Francis, Ryu Hankil, Jon Mueller and many others. He ran his own Cut label from 1997 to 2008, releasing 25 albums.

Asher is one the most interesting new composers in the United States, combining acoustic and electronic instruments and location recordings. His organic-sounding albums have gained much positive critical acclaim around the world. He released work on such labels like Homophoni, ConV, Leerraum [ ], Winds Measure Recordings, Room40 and his own Sourdine, and worked with such artists like Ubeboet, Jason Kahn and Zimoun.

Planes documents a 2008 concert at the Axiom Gallery in Boston. This was Asher and Jason Kahn's first chance to meet and to perform together. They had previously collaborated on the compostion Vista, released by the and/OAR label. Kahn also contributed one shorter piece for a CD comppilation released on Asher's Sourdine label.

Planes integrates timbral vibration, hissing enironmental recordings, sound dust, veils of interference and tonal synthesizer hills into an hypnotizing and highly emotive work.

 


10€

 

   

GÜNTER MÜLLER " CYM_BOWL" (Mikroton)

Cymbals and a singing bowl were recorded and processed during 2007–08, mixed, compiled and mastered in autumn 2008 at remisch lupsingen. All music and artwork by Günter Müller.

cym_bowl is Günter Müller’s fourth solo CD. On cym_bowl he follows even more consequently the idea he already realized on his last album reframed; focused on the sound of one cymbal and one singing bowl; he feeded his iPods with dozens of variations of processed sounds. Afterwards he conceived with recorded material from sessions he improvised with processed cymbal and bowl sounds only the 4 pieces for his new album. cym_bowl could easily go as a symbol of getting lost in time.

10€

 

   

2LP+CD Phillip Schulze "Cause unfold proceed I, II, III, IV & V

Limited Edition of 500. Double Vinyl+CD. Photo Edition. Postcard. Information Material.

This edition outlines five different electro-acoustic solo works based on identical compositional and performative doctrines.

The sound material originates from causal elements found within the site itself, computer hardware and software, and feedback. This amalgamated construct unfolds and proceeds musically due to the regulatory measures and interventions activated by the performer's hand. Concrete material evolves and devolves into alternations between raw, abstract, and granular sound generations. [...]

17€

 

   

CD WPB3: NUSCH WERCHOWSKA / MATHIAS PONTÉVIA / HEDDY BOUBAKER "A FLOATING WORLD" (Mikroton)

The French WPB3 trio explores areas between abstract minimalist contemporary concrete instrumental improvised music and energetic noisy free jazz with an uncompromisingly totally free approach.

Nusch Werchowska has been involved in improvised music since she met Barre Philips in 1993. A pianist who is able to translate a conversation between Debussy and Cecil Taylor as well as John Cage using all kinds of prepared techniques. She played with numerous musicians in the field of improvised music such as Eddie Prevost, Margrit Rieben, Bertrand Gauguet, Christine Sehnaoui, Mathieu Werchowski and others.

Mathias Pontevia plays drums in different contexts: rock, improvised music and cross-platform meetings with dancers. He made himself his drum kit with horizontal bass drum, snare, cymbals, gongs and all kinds of scrap metal. His collaborators included David Chiesa, Frederic Blondy, Fabrice Charles, Bertrand Gauguet, Barre Philips, Jerome Noetinger, Martine Altenburgeer, Bertrand Denzler, Michel Doneda and many others.

Heddy Boubaker is one of the prominent and original saxophonist on the French improvised music scene. He started playing music on electric guitar, with time he switched to alto and bass saxophone. He played with numerous collaborators and at numerous festivals. He is very active in organizing concerts in Toulouse area. He also run his Un Rêve Nu label. Unfortuntaly since 2011 he had to stop all his saxophone practice and started playing analog modular synthesizer and electric bass.

The new WPB3 record, A Floating World, is the resulting product of one week of residency in Bordeaux in France. The goal was to have an intensive work, rehearsals and reflexion period on our music and to produce high quality recordings. This latest was achieved thanks to Benjamin Maumus which was not only the sound engineer — from GMEA Albi — but, for all that week, the 4th member of the band. He brought his personal perspective, a new external, personal point of view about the sound and the music and by the way he put in place the forest of microphones in the wide space of the OARA theater, the playing/recording/listening process permitted us to feel accurately all sounds, all nuances from the quietest to loudest one, in the natural resonant acoustics of the place.

One of the particularities of our trio is to highly take acoustics of the place into account bringing deepness, perspective and sharpening contrasts of our sound. In our previous record Poverb where a live recording in a Hamburg church, the natural reverberation of this huge space added a new dimension to the sound of the band and could have been considered as a 4th member.

WPB3 strongly claims an unconditional freedom of creation, an appropriation of the improvisation that does not freeze on a single existing aesthetic, which confidently and adventurously sits on deep and intense listening and based on sound archeology of each musician of the trio: Heddy Boubaker on saxophones, Mathias Pontevia on drums and on prepared piano Nusch Werchowska.  WPB3 is an assembly of those radically free components, running on the improv sonosphere for the past six years, a rare length for a free improvisation band.

 

10€