Archive for March 2012
This is clearly one of the best musical illustrations about life, death and the afterlife. And it was clearly by accident.
To quickly summarize the story: William Basinski was archiving tapes to digital but his archiving process was destroying already ancient tapes and he ended up recording the death of his self-made ambient loops. To add more to this, he ended up listening to the playbacks on 11 September 2001 and it became for him a personal soundtrack for the tragic events unfolding before his very eyes in New York City. Whether you see this as a 9/11 soundtrack, this is without a doubt a moving piece of work … all four discs to be precise.
Released by: Monkeytown Records
Release/catalogue number: MONKEYTOWN027
Release date: Jun 29, 2012
The mixes date back to a time when Mills – going by “The Wizard” in those days – frequently guested on The Electrifying Mojo’s show on WJLB radio. The show, now legendary, was instrumental in the birth and development of Detroit techno, and had a formative influence on second generation figures such as Mills.
The mixes are hell for leather affairs, cutting energetically from techno to acid house to hip-hop, at a time when the boundaries around the sound were far from clearly defined. They also feature plenty of involved mixing and the odd bit of scratching – a far cry from Mills’ seamlessly blended sets these days.
You can stream or download all seven mixes below – though you’d better be prepared for grainy, ripped-from-cassette sound quality (as if that’s a bad thing these days).
NH-Trio has touched and merged on jazz,electronica,glitch,hiphop,classic,and IDM. AndIt also assembles any rhythms of the glitch.
It has mixed and gathered about Jazz,classic,Noise and hybrids.
website: NH-Trio website
Free download here: http://www.mutantbassrecords.com/download
It was almost inevitable that Travis Stewart and Jim Coles would collaborate.
Last year’s Rooms saw Machinedrum fuse footwork’s rhythmic twitch with a junglist sense of sugar-rush euphoria; Om Unit, meanwhile, made the link more explicit through a series of footwork-jungle reworkings under the excellent pseudonym Philip D Kick.
As you might expect, then, their work as Dream Continuum is ingenious crossover material. ‘B Free’ kicks things off with a classic rushing drop, guaranteed to get the molars grinding for any jaded junglists out there – though the payoff is more 808 than Amen. ‘Giv A Lil Luv’ trades in lumpen piano chords and a rinsing breakbeats, while ‘Set It’ riffs off a schlocky new age monologue and woozy pads which sound like they’ve been run through a cheap tape deck circa 1995, before looping up ragga chants and dense drum machine-meets-breakbeat syncopations.
You can stream the Reworkz EP in full, exclusively at FACT, below – tell us it’s not a winning combination. It’s out on Planet Mu on March 26.
Prolific producer Kouhei Matsunaga’s ‘Dance Classics Vol.I’ LP documents his more dance oriented material, as seen from his sets with Sensational and also his other techno project NHK. Not feeling tied down to one genre, Matsunaga nestles in the PAN roster, and however that isn’t to say that he is dance per se as witnessed from his recent collaborations with Conrad Schnitzler. The album focuses more on bass/base electronics, music for the dancefloor and/or altered state reflection. Having composed pieces for WDR based on Henry Chopin, Kouhei is equally at ease jamming with Sensational, whilst simultaneously executing a obsessively numerical sequence of dance pieces that borders on Hanne Darboven-like compulsivity.
Born in Osaka, Kouhei Matsunaga is a musician and an illustrator. He started drawing during childhood under the influence of his grandfather. He grew up listening to hardcore-techno and hip hop, studied architecture and has been mainly making music since 1992. Under many different aliases (NHK, NHKyx, Internet Magic, Koyxen) he has released numerous albums on labels such as Skam Records, Wordsound, Raster Noton and his first ever album “Upside Down” on Mille Plateaux in 1998. He has also collaborated with artists like Merzbow, Jungle Brothers’ Sensational, Autechre’s Sean Booth, Mika Vainio, Conrad Schnitzler, Anti Pop Consorium’s High Priest, Rudolf Eb.er, Puppetmastaz crew, Asmus Tietchens, Ralf ‘RLW’ Wehowsky and so on. His own label Flying Swimming was founded in 2002 with the main purpose being to publish and curate events of experimental contemporary music and art.
The LP is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, pressed on 140g vinyl and comes in a poly-lined inner sleeve. It is packaged in a pro-press color jacket which itself is housed in a silk screened pvc sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas.
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Music by Kouhei Matsunaga. Video by Takuya Dairiki.
‘Dance Classics Vol.I’ LP (PAN 24)
Analogue Fostex 4-track recordings, all played live without a sequencer, with occasional drum machine. For Lara’s birthday. Lara is µ-Ziq’s wife.
Planet Mu, Ramp, NYC
Falty ain’t faulty. Hailing from New York City and being truly in love with jungle (next to his girlfriend of course), Andrew Lustman aka FaltyDL sounds much more like a Croydon kid. You know the gospel by now: British bass music, caught in a crossfire of influences from dub, techno and house, melted with hip hop and future soul. For the lack of a better explanation, FaltyDL is somewhere to be found in there, only his music has that little something extra. With releases on Planet Mu, Ramp Recordings, Amsterdam’s Rush Hour and his debut album ‘Love Is A Liability’, the future is looking bright for the dedicated smoker. Bass music’s delight – caught alive and kicking at Mutek Barcelona, 2012.
This music video of the track “Wires and Snakes” by Amon Tobin is set near Vienna in the former chambers of the servants of a baron. Every night anew, a ghost arises from its grave, haunting the mansion in search for its lost heart. As it roams the desolate rooms, life is returned to the long forgotten objects.
The Video is inspired by techniques of Jan Svanjmajer and the atmosphere of films by Friedrich Murnau.
It was shot in 2 days, without artificial light, without budget.
The Video will be published by Ninja Records, as part of a Amon Tobin DVD Box Set.
- MEDIAWAVE: International Film and Music Festival
Playing @ Horst Krzbrg this Saturday @ EMPTYSET Record Release Party w/ Ancient Methods & Lower Order Ethics:
Russell Haswell – Ant Colony Featuring Eurofighter Typhoon F2 Flyby
Bruce Gilbert – Oblivio Agitatum
Front 242 – This World Must Be Destroyed
Emptyset – Medium
Andy Stott – We Stay Together
Miles – Flawed
Mika Vainio – It’s a Muthang
Emptyset – Monad
Powell – 09
Mark Fell & Peter Rehberg – Zikir
Jeff Mills – Rich
Byetone – Opal
Ancient Methods – Third Method
Heiroglyphic Being – 2 Bath in the Black Sun
Ancient Methods – Second Method
Sleeparchive – Ronan Point
Vainio, Vaisanen, Vega – Incredible Criminals
Emptyset – Function (Roly Porter remix)
Medium” arrives as the first non-studio based production by emptyset, recorded on location in the remote Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire UK. The collection of tracks explores the duo’s preoccupations with the elemental properties of sound and bare rhythmic structures and overlays it onto the textural possibilities
of space and material. The project marks their first act of adapting their analogue
based studio system into an architectural intervention, pushing extreme bass and
feedback into the irregular spaces of the unfinished building. The rural mansion, which remains an incomplete remnant of the gothic revival and a place studied by
both architectural researchers and psychic investigators, provides a rich source of
texture as the sparse palette of sine waves and noise is adorned with the intricate details of the space. Medium emerges as an act of translation remodeling the
house through sonic impulses into a state of audio, a fluid transformative gesture
and a process mirroring the sonar impulses of the bats residing within
Woodchester’s rooftop sanctuary.
￼￼The project, supported by the Woodchester Mansion Trust, was provided technical support by the renowned Bristol based sound engineer Mat Sampson who managed the array of vintage microphones and preamps distributed within the building along with the central monophonic sound system.
“Medium” will be released March 19th, 2012 on Subtext Recordings based at Multiverse in Bristol. It follows on from emptyset’s second LP Demiurge, Roly Porter’s landmark Aftertime album and a live recording by Paul Jebanasam.
Squarepusher – Dark Steering