Hannah Silva – Total 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.
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.
Riri Shimada – 記憶の海 , or Sea of Memories – The 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.
Justin Bennett – Sound 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.
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.
Armin Brunner and Fritz Muggler – Das 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.
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.