BIOME – Tactus Tempus (7:00 excerpt), composed in 1969 by Frank McCarty, live on KPFA, Berkeley, CA, 1973 [source]
BIOME: Allen Strange, EMS Synthi A Pat Strange, EMS Synthi A Frank McCarty, EMS Synthi A Boots McCarty, EMS Synthi A guests: Patrick Clancy, EMS Synthi A Steve Ruppenthal, EMS Synthi A
BIOME was a US live electronic music collective founded by Allen Strange in California in 1967. Strange studied with Harry Partch, Kenneth Gaburo, Pauline Oliveros and John Chowning. BIOME toured in the US and Europe between 1970 and 1974, occasionally accompanying screenings of Steve Whealton’s experimental films. In 1976, Strange founded another group, the Electric Weasel Ensemble in conjunction with Donald Buchla, as the band only played Buchla synthesizers.
Scarlatti Goes Electro – Third Album [三枚目のアルバムを試聴], LP published by Out One Disc, Tokyo, Japan, May 2014
There can’t be a better time than hot Summer days to indulge into a Jean-Jacques Perrey revival by the French duo of Antoine Souchav and Michel Bananes Jr, from Bordeaux, aka Scarlatti Goes Electro. Based on actual keyboard sonatas by Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757), the duo’s 3rd album collects incredible interpretations of the Maestro’s music for electronic instruments and harpsichord, helped by devilish arrangements from Japanese producer Kishino Yuichi, aka The Mustached Widow, also Out One Disc label owner. Expect highly intoxicating doses of Moog Little Phatty, Korg Mini 700, Clavinet Hohner D6 as well as clarinet and theremin – neat solo on the super-groovy track #9 Sonata K. 456, allegro.
Belgian sound collective Martiensgohome (various membership around Benoît Deuxant and Roland Wouters) emerged from an independent radio live show in Brussels and developed into a weekly experimental podcast as well as live performances and collaborations. This episode, titled In Atlanta, is based on a communication (in French) from an Atlantis representative to the humans of planet Earth and incorporates esoteric jargon, pseudo-science and Scientology brainwashing techniques on a background of ambient music. Remarkably insidious voice from unknown female speaker.
On this superb album, electronica musician Raed Yassin, avant guitarist Charbel Haber and percussionist Khaled Yassine blend iconic folk & belly dance music legends from Lebanon with influences from legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid. The trio’s music also incorporates infectious Krautrock touches, electronic loops and occasional vinyl+live instrument duets. Most impressive track is the epic 17mn Samia, a sumptuous blend of traditional Lebanese music, turntablism, electric organ and electric guitar solo.
Rainier Lericolais - Quatuor à cordes n°3 (2:54) Postcard record, approx. 7x5 inches, private release limited to 250 copies, France, May 2014
With French contemporary artist Rainier Lericolais, each new work is an excuse to try a new medium, to explore a new technique or to revive out-of-date technologies with just enough contemporary zest to appeal to modern audiences. Such is the case with this postcard record, a lo-fi format already considered obsolete in the mid-1980s – to add insult to injury, the thing is supposed to circulate by… postal mail.
The String Quartet #3 is entirely build from string quartet sound samples, collated and organized into a mock-up Quatuor à cordes n°3 – as opposed to the 2 previous string quartets, where Pierre-Yves Macé actually arranged the collage into a genuine string quartet score and The Elysian Quartet, from UK, interpreted the pieces. Pressed on a simple postcard with massive background noise, the Quatuor à cordes n°3 is a neat composition seeming to emerge from the heart of a repressed country in the end of the Cold War era, when this technique was used to spread pastoral views along amiable folk tunes for good measure.
On May 11, 2014, all John Zewizz (Sleep Chamber) videos where removed from his Vimeo account for offending sexual content. One of these videos I posted back in November 2013 – Legs, though playing on the soft side–, has consequently been withdrawned as well.
Beatrice Dillon – Folkways 2 (2mn excerpt), cassette released by The Trilogy Tapes, 2014
The idea of a mix based entirely on old Folkways ethnic LPs is quite salivating and I was eager to hear more, but the tape is sold out and I couldn’t find a full digitized version on the web. Anyway, this is another brilliant idea by British sound artist and DJ Beatrice Dillon.