Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hannah SilvaTotal Man (19:24), performance, UK, 2013

Great performance by British sound poet and playwright Hanna Silva for Electronic Voice Phenomena, a series of commissioned works on experimental literature and new media, inspired by Konstantin Raudive’s EVP experiments. Total Man evokes communication with the beyond via symbolic objects and (occasionally) speaking-in-tongues, backward speech or glossolalia. Paper, water and glass also play a crucial role as vehicles to the other world. Great use of sound effects and acoustic mirages as well.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


VooDooMan - Crematorium (3:26)
From Voices from Antidimension, DVD and netrelease, LOM Records, Slovakia, 2013

Crematorium is a rather claustrophobic and suffocating track on Slovakian musician VooDooMan's Voices from Antidimension, an otherwise super-gloomy collection of DIY noise and experimental electronic tracks reminiscent of the good old days of Industrial music from the 1980s. The DVD above collects 9 albums as well as videos and podcasts.

My favorite 2013 music releases – aka the best of–.
I think I finally came to terms with the 2013 releases I wanted to listen to – yet I might add up to the list as I stumble upon other jewels in the following months. Note this is my first best of list in 8 years of music blogging! A big thank you to fellow bloggers Urban Kill (punk rock), Easterndaze (Eastern Europe) and Just Outside (experimental), to which I owe several discoveries in this list.
Peter Ablinger - Regenstücke vol. 2LP, God Records, Austria
Hans Essel – SaitensackLP, Edition Telemark, Germany
Philip Miller - The Refusal of Time CD, PMCD102, South Africa
Human Abfall - SNG7inch, Spastic Fantastic Records, Germany [listen] [via]
Jace Clayton – The Julius Eastman Memory DepotCD, New Amsterdam Records, USA [listen]
Bob Ostertag – A Book of Hoursonline release, self-published, USA
Die Welttraumforscher - exhibition cataloguebook+7inch, Kunsthaus Langenhaus, Bern canton, Switzerland [curator’s blog]
VooDooMan - Voices from AntidimensionDVD+netrelease, LOM Label, Slovakia [listen]
Stillsuit – s/t LP, self-released, USA [listen] [via] [band’s tumblr]
Somnoroase Pasarele - ABECDcassette, Baba Vanga, ref. VNG003, Slovakia [listen] [via]
Li Daiguo – Music for Advertisements7” single, Tenzenmen, Australia [listen]
Alvaro - Seventy Years OldLP, Squeaky Shoes Records, SSR-19, Germany [artist’s website]
Bicikl - Šaknys (Serbia/Lithuania)cassette, Halloween Quest Records, Canada [listen] [d/l]
Ak’chamel – Pus Ch’en net release, suRRism-Phonoethics [listen]
Idea Fire Company – PostcardsLP, Swill Radio 033, USA
Jolana Havelková & Lucie Vítková - Návrh na změnu partituryCD, LOM Label, LOM03, Slovakia [listen]
Johnny Trunk et al. – Radio Straka, podcast, UK
Akos Rozmann - Images of the Dream and Death  (1974-2001)3xLP, Mego, Austria
Various - IPEM, Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music3xLP+2CD, Metaphon, Belgium
Karel Goyaverts - Pour que les fruits mûrissent cet été (1977)LP/CD, Finders Keepers, UK
Ray Gallon - Nam June Paik: A Work For Radio (1979)cassette, The Tapeworm, ref. TTW#53, UK [soundclip]
Charles Cohen – The Middle Distance (1980)LP, Morphine Records, Germany
Scopdom Scop – Fresh Deceit (1985)2xCD, self-release, USA [listen]

My favorite 2013 music releases – aka the best of–.

I think I finally came to terms with the 2013 releases I wanted to listen to – yet I might add up to the list as I stumble upon other jewels in the following months. Note this is my first best of list in 8 years of music blogging!
A big thank you to fellow bloggers Urban Kill (punk rock), Easterndaze (Eastern Europe) and Just Outside (experimental), to which I owe several discoveries in this list.

  • Peter Ablinger - Regenstücke vol. 2
    LP, God Records, Austria
  • Hans EsselSaitensack
    LP, Edition Telemark, Germany
  • Philip Miller - The Refusal of Time
    CD, PMCD102, South Africa
  • Human Abfall - SNG
    7inch, Spastic Fantastic Records, Germany [listen] [via]
  • Jace ClaytonThe Julius Eastman Memory Depot
    CD, New Amsterdam Records, USA [listen]
  • Bob OstertagA Book of Hours
    online release, self-published, USA
  • Die Welttraumforscher - exhibition catalogue
    book+7inch, Kunsthaus Langenhaus, Bern canton, Switzerland [curator’s blog]
  • VooDooMan - Voices from Antidimension
    DVD+netrelease, LOM Label, Slovakia [listen]
  • Stillsuit – s/t
    LP, self-released, USA [listen] [via] [band’s tumblr]
  • Somnoroase Pasarele - ABECD
    cassette, Baba Vanga, ref. VNG003, Slovakia [listen] [via]
  • Li DaiguoMusic for Advertisements
    7” single, Tenzenmen, Australia [listen]
  • Alvaro - Seventy Years Old
    LP, Squeaky Shoes Records, SSR-19, Germany [artist’s website]
  • Bicikl - Šaknys (Serbia/Lithuania)
    cassette, Halloween Quest Records, Canada [listen] [d/l]
  • Ak’chamelPus Ch’en
    net release, suRRism-Phonoethics [listen]
  • Idea Fire CompanyPostcards
    LP, Swill Radio 033, USA
  • Jolana Havelková & Lucie Vítková - Návrh na změnu partitury
    CD, LOM Label, LOM03, Slovakia [listen]
  • Johnny Trunk et al.Radio Straka, podcast, UK
  • Akos Rozmann - Images of the Dream and Death  (1974-2001)
    3xLP, Mego, Austria
  • Various - IPEM, Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music
    3xLP+2CD, Metaphon, Belgium
  • Karel Goyaverts - Pour que les fruits mûrissent cet été (1977)
    LP/CD, Finders Keepers, UK
  • Ray Gallon - Nam June Paik: A Work For Radio (1979)
    cassette, The Tapeworm, ref. TTW#53, UK [soundclip]
  • Charles CohenThe Middle Distance (1980)
    LP, Morphine Records, Germany
  • Scopdom ScopFresh Deceit (1985)
    2xCD, self-release, USA [listen]
Monday, March 31, 2014




Riri Shimada – 記憶の海 , or Sea of MemoriesThe Other World Of Erik Satie, LP, VAP Inc., Japan, 1982

Riri Shimada, piano
Takehisa Kosugi, violin, voice

I can’t think of a more desirable record at the moment.

Nb: as far as I understand, the sound clip is from another Satie LP by the same duo titled “Perspectives” found here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014
Radio Campus Paris – Hush logo used for a podcast on silence, October 2013.

Radio Campus ParisHush logo used for a podcast on silence, October 2013.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Justin BennettSound Collector, article from Music, Space and Architecture, catalogue of the exhibition at Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, published by Architectura & Natura, 2011

Field recordist Justin Bennett collects recordings on DAT tapes.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Sylvano Bussoti – Sypario, for piano, graphic score, 1993
From: Répertoire et pédagogie du piano contemporain, workshop, Martine Jost, in Les Lilas, near Paris, Sep. 2013–June 2014

Sylvano Bussoti Sypario, for piano, graphic score, 1993

From: Répertoire et pédagogie du piano contemporain, workshop, Martine Jost, in Les Lilas, near Paris, Sep. 2013–June 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Standouts of Trevira by Reltex, modified LP, date unknown

Textile pattern samples glued on actual LP by textile manufacturer Reltex. Some info here and here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Armin Brunner and Fritz MugglerDas Schriftbild der Musik, 24pp catalogue, Zürich, 1974

Das Schriftbild der Musik (or, Music Notation) was an exhibition of contemporary graphic scores curated by Armin Brunner and Fritz Muggler at the Helmhaus venue in Zürich, Switzerland in May-June 1974. In conjunction with the exhibition, three performances of Sylvano Bussotti’s La Passion Selon Sade (1973) took place at Theater 11, Zürich, on 5–7 september 1974, with the Schweizerische Erstaufführung ensemble under the direction of Armin Brunner and Hannes Müller.

View hi-res PDF file here.

Monday, March 24, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014

DeerhoofRainbow Silhouette of the Milky Rain, 7inch picture disc, ATP Recordings, UK, 2011

Spring colors.

La Nurse, photo from Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, 1925

La Nurse, photo from Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, 1925

Friday, March 21, 2014

Yasuaki Shimizu & Maïa Barouh – live @ Saravah Tokyo, Shibuya, February 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Early copies of Akio Suzuki's 4-CD set in special, limited packaging published by either/OAR arrived earlier this week in my mailbox. The lovely design and packaging – to no surprise from this label and this artist– includes several Suzuki naive hand drawings. Official release will take place later in April I think. The “Gelbe Musik edition” is the reissue of two CDs published by the famous Berlin shop – one of them limited to 20 copies only. Till now, I only had time to listen to the Dancing Cat CD, recorded in 2008 in Japan, a superb compilation of tracks using brass plate, self-made glass armonica, otherworldly percussion in resonant spaces and a special device called Analopos, seen in the b&w picture above.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Fylkingen Bulletin no.2, Stockholm, Sweden, 1969
[source: eBay auction]

Fylkingen Bulletin no.2, Stockholm, Sweden, 1969

[source: eBay auction]