“In The Slaughter Fields Of My Fragile Human Heart”
Drums and Trumpets Please… Here Comes My Purity Sacrifice: A Kaddish For The Allegedly Innocent Art Criminal…
“Haunting, beautiful, tortured, inspiring, soulful, avant-garde, and emotionally moving. At times intertwining these qualities, at other times expressing them selfishly.”
I think I finally figured out the point of my own music: I want it to be like those tapes from the movie “V/H/S”, where you just find some random fucked-up tape and watch it and you’re just like “who made this? Where did it come from? How was this even made??!” Anyway, here is some music I made. Enjoy.
“Not Subliminal” has just been released on the Control Valve netlabel. There is no direct link to the album, due to the way the netlabel is structured. You need to visit http://controlvalve.net and click the photo to get to the download page.
The netlabel’s succinct description of the work is “cassette experiments”. Pretty accurate.
I experimented a lot with cassette players & cassettes this Summer. Further releases will document the full extent of the results of these experiments. This particular set of recordings is primarily improvisations with multiple handheld tape recorders and players. I scavenged a bunch of these and a bunch of tapes from thrift stores this Summer. Much of the process involved recording some stuff onto one tape while playing back previously recorded stuff on the other tape players, and letting it all mix together out loud… recording everything onto the shitty little onboard microphones that these handheld tape recorders had. The sounds I recorded mingled together with environmental sounds and got grittier and more lo-fi as continually overdubbed. Some results were extremely distorted, others just muffled and gritty.
One exception to the method used on most of this album is “Gala Video ’94”. In that track, I took a found video cassette and cut strips out of the tape down to 1/8″ so that they could play on a standard cassette player. You can hear the video data as audio in this track, and on occasion the audio soundtrack cuts in. When I sliced the video tape I tried to do it in a curving way so that different areas of the 1/2″ wide video tape would be exposed to the 1/8″ player head as the tape advanced. This explains the changing nature of the track as it progresses.
So, a lot of what I released this year might be described as “pretty”, or “approachable”… this release can’t really be described that way, but I think it’s really interesting to listen to. I hope you will too.
“Untitled de varios artistas”, is the second disc of the project La Bella Violencia from the visual and sonorous artist Iñaki Muñoz Zamora.
This disc is a collage born from symbols and dialogues between multifarious tongues, all of them from different origins and sounds defined for the undefined investigation, who trough oral vehicles from a common universe, they weave a milky way of fibers oscillating between the interior and exterior of a universe. A universe draw by lines and dots, who in the same time that they are been make, they punch the believes and knowledge, delivering fragile minerals in the ear of the audience, giving birth to new improvisations in emotional dancing bodies, in a constant untouchable survival, vanishing in the untameable rhythms, unfinished and intricately dense for delicately imperfect spirits.
Sphere Of Io è un progetto musicale basato sull utilizzo di software per la sintesi granulare per generare trame musicali al limite tra techno, industriale ed ambient. Tutte le registrazioni sono state eseguite in tempo reale.
I have a love-hate relationship with art in general. Because very often artists lack self-humor and too often suffer from a Napoleonic Complex. They look upon themselves from such heights and perceive their work to be of unmatched grandiosity. Look and reflect on your favorite artists and/or bands – how much they seek the approval and passionate love from their audiences, to the point it becomes hilariously odious. Groupies and more groupies, men and women alike, and collectors who worship their guru artists as if they were living gods… Today, at the front door of the new year, I feel so detached from all this glamour.
My point of reference is: in this time and age, we have to expand the limits of what art is and how we as individuals and as a culture perceive a certain work of art.
This LP is titled accordingly, and symbolizes a vision according to which art has an end or rather art might end at some point. Metaphorically, I feel as if artists are not as important a persona as they are often perceived and/or vision themselves to be. Unfortunately, unlike human touch, art cannot comfort one on his or her deathbed. Art is a remarkable transitional object, but it’s no substitute for so many things and experiences. Artistic creations become obsolete, they weary off with time, lose their initial relevance, become inanimate, inorganic and abiotic. This is why, although some would call me an artist (a title I don’t seek nor need in my age) – I look upon art in general and my creative adventures in particular with a lightweight tone…
Italian electronic music composer, Daniele Ciullini, is back to EdP – Editora do Porto with a full album of “remains”.
In this thought provoking work you’ll find the vestiges of a plausible life story, left in the open, to the winds…
Kahvi welcomes guest artist Weedie with a six track ep entitled ‘Tep Sava Galvos’ (meaning Between my head in Lithuanian).
Slightly underground and less mainstream than the last release from Tetarise, Weedie looks towards the minimal and eccentric side of electronic music with subtle beats and melodies, yet nice analog sounds such as the basses on Ego Cogito Cogitatum.
Influences are obviously artists such as Autechre and perhaps a hint of Arovane, and even some Solar Fields, which makes for an interesting listening experience to many a Kahvi fan.
Track of choice for me would be Cukrus Chalvai Atrodo Originaliai Saldus (in English Sugar seems to halva originally sweet) with its mellow groove and nice sounds. The last non-English trackname is Eik ir motyvuokis which means Go and motivate (yourself)
“Three timeless compositions that come in a idiosyncratic low fidelity fashion, utilizing glitchy resonant delays and general midi sound aesthetics as sonic carriers for TRANS ATLANTIC RAGE´s visions of an avant jazz concept album.”- Lo-Fi/Sci-Fi
Crosswords is a mixture of abstract IDM/Downtempo by King Imagine and East Slavic singing of Irina Skripnikova. The overall sound appeals to the old Ukrainian traditions.
It is a place where the noise of postindustrial world becomes a dark forest. Following the cat’s song listener travels to the ancient times. There are pagan rituals of Ivan Kupala. There girls make wreaths, water-nymphs sing and fern is in bloom.
Recorded & Mixed between June2013 – February2014
In Soundtrack Studio Kyiv
Cover Art by Alexandra Solodchuk
Skrypochka — vocal, lyrics
King imagine — music
02-Orevuar Big Brother(3:24)
03-Living Like An Animal(2:00)
05-Едоки Собачьих Хвостов(4:48)
07-Завтра Будет Конец Света(2:12)
10-Рупор Свободы Блевал Нас Вон(2:24)
12-Так Себе Человек(1:52)
13-Ты Говоришь, Что Я Говно(3:28)
“Vol. 2 “explores the issue of innocence and the gradual loss of it, passing through curiosity, discovery, early disappointments, loneliness, fear and forgiveness.
The artwork designed by Solange Dalannais describes the moment when a young girl is caught discovering music fiddling one of those antique furniture-sound systems that once were in the living rooms and generally, children were not allowed to mess with.
This album was originally released independently via bandcamp, in April 2014.
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