Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Continuumix #15  |  April 2014  |  61:07
Picture from Peter Brook’s film Meeting With Remarkable Men, 1979

  • (00:00) Pierre Bernard - Kanake (excerpts)
    Pierre Bernard: synthesizer ; David Rueff: saxophone.
    From the Arche CD, published by Adda, France, 1991. Bernard was both a member of Pierre Schaeffer’s GRM and Xenakis’ CEMAMu.
  • (00:00) George Todd - Voicemask (excerpts), from the Barry Schrader/George Todd split LP published by CRI, USA, 1983. Vocal interjections produced on the Synclavier II.
  • (04:26) Micheline Coulombe Saint Marcoux (1938–1985) - Séquences (excerpt), 1968, for Ondes Martenot and percussion. Johanne Goyette & Marie Bernard: Ondes Martenot ; Serge Gratton: percussion.
    From the Anthology of Canadian Music 5xLP boxset, published by Radio Canada International, 1984. Saint-Marcoux bio here.
  • (05:41) Claire Bergerault & Jean-Luc Guionnet - Mune 2 (excerpt), from the Mune CD published by Cathnor Recordings, UK, 2012. Claire Bergerault: voice ; Jean-Luc Guionnet: church organ.
  • (07:00) Micheline Coulombe Saint Marcoux, slight return, ibid.
  • (08:37) D. Hansen - Speak In A Low Voice Which Is Difficult To Hear, from the cassette published by Where To Now?, UK, 2014 (source: SoundCloud). D. Hansen is also known as Lotide.
  • (11:14) Jacqueline Nova Sondag (1935–1975) - Creacion de la Tierra (excerpt), 1972. Voice-based, electroacoustic music recorded  by Columbian composer Jacqueline Nova at Laboratorio de Acústica y Electroacústica, Faculty of Architecture, University of Buenos Aires (source: SoundCloud).
  • (18:04) Monochrome Bleu - This Is Not/Ballerinas Of Manaus, from the Taucher LP published by Extraplatte, Germany, 1987. Legendary Austrian post-punk band composed of Peter Androsch (guitar), Wolfgang Dorninger (electronics, vocals), Walter Horn (bass), and Thomas Resch (saxophone).
  • (21:49) Peter Schat - Thema, opus 21, for solo oboe, guitar, organ and winds, 1970. From Peter Schat’s Complete Works 12-CD boxset, Nm Classics, The Netherlands, 2012.
  • (28:00) Monochrome Bleu, slight return, ibid.
  • (32:25) Cachette à Branlette - Sanctuaire, an early synth demo by young French musician from Bordeaux. Net release on Los Emes Del Oso, France, 2013. Full album here.
  • (33:40) Günter Maas - Molom-Takis-Kawak-Ses (excerpts), for children voices and electronics, 1967. From the self-released Klangbilder LP, Cologne, 1968.
  • (35:00) Birgitte Alsted - Agnete’s Laughter (excerpts), 2007, from the CD of the same title published by Da Capo, Denmark, 2012. Danish electroacoustic music composer Alsted (born 1942) sounds remarkably lively and playful in this composition for her own voice, environmental sounds and electronics. The excerpts used feature heavily treated vocalizations from Alsted.
  • (39:00) Kammerflimmer Kollectief - Teufelskamin Jam #1 (excerpt), from the Teufelskamin LP on Staubgold, 2011. Electronica/free jazz band from Karlsruhe, Germany. Devastating guitar solo by Thomas Weber.
  • (43:49) Lutto Lento - Unlucky (various excerpts from different tracks), cassette, 2013. Dynamic tape manipulations and collages from Polish electronic musician Lutto Lento.
  • (49:18) Boris Gagloev - The Exclamations From… (excerpt), recorded 1995. Gorgeous classical guitar composition by late Russian musician Boris Gagloev (1969–2008). From a full solo guitar album available on Archive.org.
  • (51:20) Catherine Brisset - Nébuleuse (excerpt), for pre-recorded electronic sounds and Cristal Baschet, composed by Thierry Alla.
    From the Skylamp CD published by Drone Sweet Drone Records, France, 2012 – stream on BandCamp. Atmospheric track by French leading Cristalliste, or Cristal Baschet player.
  • (56:20) The Shadow Ring - I Am Some Songs, 2003. From LP of the same name, Swill Radio, 2005. Electronic drone and radical voice treatment by British trio of Graham Lambkin, Tim Goss and Darren Harris.
  • (58:25) Philip Miller - Metronome, from The Refusal of Time CD, self-released as PMCD102, South Africa, 2013. Music composed for William Kentridge’s The Refusal of Time, a 5-channel video installation at Documenta (13), Kassel, Germany, 2012.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pandit Pran Nath (1918–1996) – Raga Malkauns, recorded by Tom Duffy at Big Apple Recording Studios, Ltd., NYC, August 21, 1976

Pandit Pran Nath, voice
K. Paramjyoti, tabla
La Monte Young, tambura
Marian Zazeela, tambura
Bob Bielecki, sound engineer

Stellar performance from the Midnight 2xCD set published by the Mela Foundation via its Just Dreams imprint in 2002.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Arturas BumšteinasEpiloghi, CD, Unsounds, 2014

In Epiloghi, Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumšteinas explores relations between, on the one hand, theater noise-machines used in Baroque opera to create wind, storm and dramatic effects on stage, with, on the other hand, Futurists noise-machines, or Intonarumori.

The album starts with non-descript, hard to identify noises and gradually adds sparse piano and harpsichord notes played by Christine Kessler. The harpsichord’s leading role on some tracks and Kessler’s soprano voice on track #4 are an evocation of early music and Baroque vocal mannerisms. Theater noise-machines take center stage with track #5, not as illustrative theater events but as pure noise-producing machines – hence the homage to Luigi Russolo and track titles culled from his Art of Noises. The last, 22mn-long track is a musique concrète composition for theater noise-machines alone where precision and close-up recording recall some of Nicolas Bernier’s own works in the same field (like usure.paysage, CD, Hrönir, 2011 – listen). In the end, the juxtaposition of Baroque theater noise-machines and Intonarumori actually sheds new light on Russolo’s Art of Noises itself, which might be considered more as stage music without a play than experimental music per se.

My only complain with Epiloghi would be the sound production, which seems rather small scale and studio-like, whereas bigger sound stage proportions or a proper live recording would have benefited to the entire concept. Anyway, this disc is an ambitious and original project perfectly realized by an adventurous composer.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Tasseomancy Reality (2014), edited by Sari Lightman and Neil Cocoran.

Tasseomancy is the duo of Canadian twin sisters Romy and Sari Lightman – see this Guardian article. In their videos they often hint at Synesthesia color schemes and Eurythmie theory in their dance patterns. For this one they simply used footage from the 1970s reconstitution of Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballett

Via

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bob CobbingA Celebration, collective performance of ABC In Sound by the Other Room ensemble, The Castle Hotel, Manchester, October, 2012 [view]

Bob CobbingABC in Sound, exhibition curated by William Cobbing and Rosie Cooper at the Exhibition Research Centre, Liverpool, UK, 2013 [review]

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