transparent points on four axes is a layered, electroacoustic studio collaboration. each track began with a ground layer of a composed or improvised performance on double bass or synthesizer, in tandem with a directed, auto generated soundscape produced by an analogue modular synthesizer. the tracks were finished with a further layering of synthesizer, electronics and percussion.
daniel barbiero: double bass (2, 5, 6, 7 & 8); sylosynth app (1 & 3); microbrute synthesizer (4).
ken moore: crackle box (2); minimoog (8); emax sampler (1, 5, 6) ; tam tams (3, 4, 7); steel pan drum (8); glockenspiel (8); bells, bowls and other percussion (all tracks).
dave vosh: analogue modular synthesizer (all tracks).
recorded january & february 2018 in silver spring md, upper marlboro md, and cuyahoga falls, oh.
assembled in cuyahoga falls, oh, february 2018, at anvil creations studio.
cover photography courtesy of hollishots by mark hollis, baltimore, maryland.
Half Evidence (a french free improvisation duo formed in 2012 by Charles premier & Kecap Tuyul) is currently on hiatus since summer 2016 but their story isn’t finished. Some new material will be published in 2019. Before finalizing these projects, the duo has selected four of their favorite tracks that were given to various compilations (namely Necktar 2017 curated by Ed End on his netlabel Le Colibri Nécrophile and Classwar Karaoke). The resulting album Épiphytes brings four insights on the duo’s works and can be a good way to discover their sound universe and its evolution across the years.
“Solo Duo Trio #02 : Laurent Di Biase, Sig Valax, ZARAZ WAM ZAGRAM, Camille Émaille, Nina Garcia & Arnaud Rivière (Live at Les Instants Chavirés, 29 may 2018)”
Second edition of the Solo Duo Trio project co-organized by labels Apocope & eg0cide productions. This serie of live concerts follows a simple format: three parts, one solo, one duo, one trio. Artists are invited to present new projects, and to try to new encounters (for one live set or more). All concerts are later published jointly by Apocope & eg0cide. The 2nd event of the serie took place on may 29 at Les Instants Chavirés (Montreuil), one of the most lasting and notable venues devoted to free improvisation and experimental music around Paris.
This show featured 6 french experimental musicians active in the free improvisation and noise scene (more info on the artists below)
Solo : Laurent Di Biase (electronics)
Duo : Sig Valax (analog syntheziser & DIY electronics) & ZARAZ WAM ZAGRAM (electronics)
Trio : Camille Émaille (percussion), Nina Garcia (guitar) & Arnaud Rivière (DIY electronics)
Guitar maestro Sebastian Buccheri, with his Jazzdefector project, presents us a sublime series of short improvisations swinging between ambient and jazz.
Released for the Netlabel Day 2018, Improvisations 2014 is an EP that will leave you starving for more as soon as you reach the end of the playlist. It is a journey to the rich artist’s sound palette made of slow harmonic progressions, arpeggios and cosmic reverbered guitar pads.
Following on from his slow burning self-released cassette “Unweather”, “lutra” is the first CD release by smallhaus (AKA South London based guitarist, electronicist, percussionist David Little). It expands his singular sound environment into a full-screen, full-colour and hugely enjoyable collection.
At times this almost feels like a tribute to the classic sounds of 70’s ambient – the choral textures, the infinite guitars, the synthesizers, but it’s done with a knowing wink and a contemporary layer of grit and dust. But mostly it’s an enveloping, immersive wash of precision moulded sound.
Yesterday was today.
Tomorrow will be today.
The frontier between oustide & inside just gets a bit more blurred.Recorded live at the Zorba, Paris, France, on february 24, 2018.
Mixed by Jossé.
Artwork by Torbill.
Audio Obscura performs Lap-top based electronics for the ears, haunting the wide spectrum’s of electro-acoustic music with a firm footing in the ambient realm. The sound also strays towards the experimental; musique concrète, idm with post-classical minimal leanings occasionally push through.
“I’m a self taught musician and sound mangler blurring the boundaries between analog and digital, acoustic and electronic, generative and human. I work in the present moment letting the music flow wherever it wants. My aim is to make music that is strange and experimental yet resonates on a deeper level.”
Subespai is the solo project of Mauri Edo, a Sydney musician born in Barcelona. Walking the line between ambient, noise and drone music, Subespai paints experimental soundscapes by mixing acoustic and electronic audio sources with effect pedals, field recordings and other gadgets.
“Recorder! Ricorda…” is the first release in Linear Obsessional’s cassette series, professionally produced cassettes in uniform designs by David (smallhaus) Little. The artists have worked to produce music specifically for this format.
Officina Errante’s piece is an audacious journey through a succession of sonic moods, all sounds recorded on a portable Zoom recorder- the results then manipulated, crunched and highlighted later- time compresses and expands infinitely….tinkles from a borrowed piano add melancholic interludes.. It’s almost like a succession of audio postcards or snapshots, each “movement” capturing moments of stasis or energy, urban clamour or rural tranquility the whole work flowing seamlessly with it’s own logic.
Officina Errante reworked his piece especially for the cassette format and Linear Obsessional is delighted to present this piece of 21st century musique concrete/sonic travelogue.
released June 22, 2018
All sounds, fields and instruments in this work have been sampled from recordings taken by me with the Zoom H5. I could take these recordings also thanks to Niina, Luke, Laura, and Michiko-san who let me play her piano all the time I wanted while I stayed at hers.
Photography by Niina Mahosenaho.
Written and produced by Officina Errante in Tokyo, Tonami and London.
While Failure Circle‘s 1st album 0x0.0 was full of overdubs, the 2nd one “A mistake within a mistake” consist of 3 raw improvisations recorded in Kecap Tuyul’s home studio during winter 2017-2018. It shows another side of this no-input-mixer project: more focused, less frantic, and even minimalist and droney sometimes.
Giacomo Salis: Percussion, objects
Paolo Sanna: Percussion, objects
Stanislas Pili: Percussion, objectsRecorded at P@SoundWorkshop, Sardara ( Cagliari), july / august 2017
Mixed and mastered Carlo Barbagallo (Noja Recordings) , May 2018 (Torino)
All music improvised by Salis, Sanna, Pili
Giacomo Salis / Paolo Sanna Percussion duo meets Stanislas Pili, a percussionist with a classical-contemporary background. The result is a visionary and deep dialogue, where standard and extended tecniques are used to play different percussion. The non – idiomatic free improvisation and the post free european school are the foundations of the trio’s sound research.
Nearly four years after we debuted our improvBloc series, the series that’s focused on improvisational sessions returns with a weird and wonderful installment by Eli & The Mannings (or EATM)!
Magical Cookies takes you on a sonic odyssey. One which can be summed up best by the following selection from the liner-notes… “Transitioning effortlessly across genres between (and sometimes during) songs, EATM explores elements of hip hop, rock, jazz, blues, soul, folk, pop, country, latin, spoken word, comedy, and other forms to create truly original, one-of-a-kind recordings.”
Enjoy the ride… it’s sure to be a fun one!
#OMG #EATM #FTW! Thanks gents… the weirdo improv vibes are just what we needed at blocSonic! Welcome to the blocSonic fam!
Of course, thanks once again to you for downloading & listening. We always strive to deliver the music you’ll love. Please spread the word about blocSonic, if you enjoy what we do. Remember… everything we release is cool to share! Always keep the music moving… share it… blog it… podcast it! If you’re in radio… support independent music and broadcast it!
M.A.K.T. Sono – Magali Albespy and Kecap Tuyul – was created in february 2018 from a common taste for improvisation forms that rely more on indetermination and surprise than on the mastering of instrumental skills. They both use electronic tools whose complex settings can generate unexpected sound events and unstable situations. Their first album “If you were a clarinet” consists of 3 selections of slightly edited improvisations recorded in february and march 2018. These improvisation sessions were an opportunity for them to set up their working methodologies and to experiment playful and meditative dialogs between gesture & sound, activity and inactivity, machines and living creatures.
Magali Albespy is a dancer and performer. She likes to question the borders between formats and artistic disciplines. She explores real-time composition with body, video and sound.
Self-taught improviser Kecap Tuyul uses various (and preferably unstable) tools, looking for ways of playing and interacting (with sounds, with other media, with other people) and questionning the traditional ideas of instrumental mastership and composition.
Magali Albespy : moog mother 32, soundbox
Kecap Tuyul: no-input mixer, effects, mix and artwork
Johanes Handjono, Gilang Damar Setiadi, Ian Pramana, dan Rio N Syaifuddin – Bulog
“BULOG” – Proyek eksperimentasi lintas DIY-Jateng.
Lumbung tak semata tumpukan gabah, tapi sistem kemandirian kerja dan karya. Lumbung memfasilitasi dialog lintas generasi, genre, bahkan status sosial. Kehadirannya merupakan tanggapan atas ketidakpastian: perang, perubahan cuaca (kekeringan), guncangan politik dan ekonomi, serta serangan hama. Sekat-sekat improvisasi mencair di hadapan lumbung. Hentakan lumpang kayu (stone morta) beradu raungan mesin giling modern. Lumbung menjadi tempat penciptaan bunyi dengan komposisi khas, kuat, dinamis dan berbeda tentunya.
Almost 3 years after the release of his previous album Trois Clous, Kecap Tuyul unleashes some more stuff dating from the same area (2015), developing an intensive use of voice as main sound source, filtered, deformed by effects and sometimes overwhelmed by feedback. Guitar was still here (on 2 of the 3 tracks of the album), providing unstable melodic/droney backgrounds, but often swallowed by spirals of self-dissolving chaos.
Since then Kecap Tuyul has put guitar and voice aside and now mostly uses no-input mixer, in collaboration with various people, and alone under the Failure Circle moniker, focusing on chaos itself, searching for unstable situations, but welcoming the possible emergence of seemingly self-organized sonic forms.
Natalia Kamia, Stewart Miller, and other invisible entities
“We jammed on our little green aircraft”
We welcome back Natalia Kamia on eg0cide, a few years after her collaborative work Cluster with Ayato. This time she teamed up with Stewart Miller from USA Both of them have studied music in academic settings, but in order to expand the expressive potential of their crafts, they have turned to utilizing extended techniques for their main instruments – for Natalia the piano, for Stewart guitars – and using objects/processes that were probably never intended to be musical. All of the tracks from their album “We jammed on our little green aircraft” were compiled from recordings that they had passed back and forth through the internet.
The result of this collaboration is a fresh & intriguing work that deliberately ignores the traditional hierarchies between sounds and focuses on attending to their particularities, without trying to polish them too much. Stewart and Natalia are not afraid of collisions. Their music passes by the non-contradiction principle and the narrow conceptions of music as “harmony”; their sounds dance, float, slip, crash and start running again without following a precisely perceivable logic: you just have to accept them as they come & go. They form a dizzy, unstable world that is in the same time very material and completely unreal, sometimes joyously agitated, sometimes more restrained and plaintive. These tunes often keep some kind of twisted groove, as in some forms of free jazz.
I won’t pretend to know who or what the “other invisible entities” credited as co-creators of the album might be, but having listened to it several times I’ve realized that even goldfishes might learn to sing, and that plants need to pee sometimes. Maybe we just have to experiment with different ways of feeding pianos and guitars ? “Meow!” answered the swinging spoons…
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