?alos is musician/experimental performer stefania pedretti’s solo project that began in 2003. her performances blur the lines between performance art, experimental music, improvisation, video art and force the audience to actively participate. the feminine figure and its role in history and contemporary society is at the heart of her performances.
on her first album for pan y rosas, ?alos explores personality, mutilated beauty, psychological themes and emotions using beats, guitar, piano, violin and cello. the sound is: violin drones and breaths. incantations. break-beat guitar crunch. chant. now wave skree/chime. synthetic toy noise. sirens. bass sing song. electro rumble. string scratch. descension piano.
Deep in the recesses of the underground is work so evocative that the review by the youthful noise enthusiast and ambient connoisseur could not hope to articulate it. Perhaps I can help bring light to where these sounds might be coming from and why they deserve your time and ears, but words cannot touch the language of true art with soul, just as a soul cannot be touched by the flesh and yet needs the body to be anything more than the change of vapid stone through unseen time. If you listen closely to this collaboration between iky iky and Bird Paradigma, then you will enjoy the luxury of listening to a language that you cannot speak, and yet you can understand. The speaker of the language can evoke emotions within your breast and communicate a message that all deep listeners can share in a vague sort of approximate way, but yet nobody who bears witness knows where the utterance roots from. You have never heard such phonation, and yet it moves you like a poem in your native mother tongue. I say this to extenuate my main point about this album, which I try to convey pettily with meager teenage english; this album is pure poetry, plain and simple. Abstract but with underlying form, as if listening to a language you do not understand. And yet, one does not need to understand the language proclaimed by an operatic maestro. The love and anxiety in such a song helplessly spews forth. the love and anxiety of one of my heroes iky iky (Laetitia Schteinberg) is an expertly crafted language that forces its way into our ears so ardently as to overwhelm us. An artist deeply tormented by the powers that be, her immense soundscapes will move you and put you on parallel with her most personal emotions, tortured and yet beautiful. We share in the sonic temple of her solace and contemplate life within her poetic sound stylings, so vocal and so mysterious like foreign tongue. And then there is Bird Paradigma, and the work of this aloof artist is equally emotional and artistic. Using a palette of sounds that makes the language uttered here a difficult one for many to listen to, but the care put into every solid millisecond of this incredibly astounding piece of unique sound makes it an impenetrable listen that will grow more and more impossible to understand with each listen (I’ve already listened to it three times). So please, listen to this.
Linear Obsessional is delighted to release a new and delightfully single-minded EP from Alex Charles (whose “Hourse” was an early “hit” for Linear Obsessional). “Trevenec” follows the sound of single bell, repeating and feeding in on itself until more and more levels are added as other sounds and voice enter the mix, gradually accreting into a richly textured and dense drone.
This 15 minute live piece comes with a PDF version of Alex Charles’ inspirational self-published pamphlet “Making Money in a Post MP3 World” (now out of print) which was originally given away at Alex’s gigs….
:Floortom vs hard-drives:
An electronic/percussion versus, acoustic glitches and digital chants, textures layering in an intense monothematic soundscape.
Cyril Bondi is involved since many years into active improvisation, as a member of diatribes among others and co-founder of theInsub Meta Orchestra, he’s multiplying collaborations and projects with his particular approach to be a drummer
Yann Leguay aka Phonotopy, is focused on everything around solid memory and sound materiality: from installations to the performance , passing by music and records edition (ArtKillArt , Phonotopy, Consumer Waste). By transforming hard-drive in a 7200 RPM turntable, he offers an update of turntablism.
Chris Heenan: contrabass clarinet
Matthias Müller: trombone
Nils Ostendorf: trumpet
The Berlin-based improvising wind trio Trigger was formed in 2009 and works on creating a unitary sound of discrete sonic layers. Through the use of multiphonics, circular breathing, and other extended techniques, Trigger forges a music of gradual depth with sudden shifts in texture and mood. The current direction of the trio is long continuous masses of sound and utilizing site-specific resonances of performance spaces.
yosoyunotrotu new effort is a collaboration of three artists: quetzal contla |mexico| & krzysztof polaczenko |poland| & manuel escamilla |mexico|. this time project was inspired by the supernatural, strange activities of world and human. again music was made by showing no boundaries. every track is a story with different mood and genere. concept of each song was modified by all project members, trio fully worked on a whole album. we hope to invite more and more artists to next project works.
A collaboration between Ade Bordicott (MUTATE) and Hyaena Fierling Reich, Desposyni sculpt, collage and maim sound into twisted soundscapes. At times cloying and intense, they deliver
Walls of unease at will. Spoken word vistas.Complete improvisation – every performance different; unique.
Alchemical malcontents. A Bacon painting put to sound.
recorded live @ Dusk Till Dawn in London 04.03.2012
recording & production: Adrian Bordicott
all live, no overdubs
Hermes’ Labyrinth is a series of improvised duets for double bass, prepared and unprepared, and winds recorded live in the studio in the autumn of 2008. Each piece takes as its theme a scale, tone row, textural motif, or verbal suggestion, and develops it as it will—as sound finding its natural level within sound and silence.
Daniel Barbiero double bass. Jimmy Ghaphery alto sax; tenor sax; wooden flutes.
sky thing is john collins mccormick, an improviser and sound artist currently living in garrett, indiana whose performances and installations are built on improvisation utilizing the natural comings and goings of the people and the space as well as transducers and contact mics. his interest lies in percussive aspects of traditional instruments and extended performance techniques; the space in between improvisation and composition; and acoustic to electronic sound conversion.john used prepared turntables, transducers, contact mics, modulators and various objects to create garbage strike, his first album for pan y rosas. the sound is something like a furnace roar and artificial cicadas with life happening in the background. metal singing. found objects vibrated with motors. phased sizzle.
In 2008 Hardy Küster and Evgenij Dvorkin got to know each other at the legendary Avantgarde Festival in Schiphorst, Germany. Here they decided to create music together as “Process Geschäftsführer” by exchanging sonic materials via the internet.
Und Indem Halbraum Gestalten is the first album of this surrealistic collaboration. Names which have been found by chance of operation. An experience like a painting being scanned and transformed into sound or an arts installation with rooms and rooms inside of the rooms to get lost in. Newton meets new tone.
New release by British free improviser Mark Browne- in “Malapert and Erratic” he gives himself 7 tasks to complete within 24 hours (with post production in the following week. The release asks questions about the nature of music and sound, and uses a variety of unusual instrumentaion as well as the artists usual soprano saxophone, including a burnt, charred piano, boiling liquids, guitar, percussion, field recordings and game calls. Release comes with an 11 page PDF booklet of notes and images by Mark Browne.
marina poleukhina is a composer and improviser based in moscow. her musical focus lies in composition and improvisation on various objects and the instability of sound; silence and silence as the sound; real life and real life as sound. amongst others she is inspired by ligeti, nono, feldman, waits, yoshihide, and hosseini.
her first album, simply titled lp1, is a collection of improvisations and compositions. it sounds kind of like: pulse flute flutter and trills. warble pops and muttering percussion. dropped cymbals. conversation in cries and rolls. natural space. quiet exploration of scraped vibrations. surface areas calculated. squeaks and hoarse voicings. thunder and roar, guttural friction and noise. everything at once. voice in the woods. quiet patience. strum rewards.
“Ayana is definitely your most esoteric work to date, but is also highly concise In its reflection of your influences and ideas. I don’t think anyone, anywhere, manages to cohesively entwine free jazz and Middle Eastern sounds in a beautiful way as you do! Your art expands the definitions of music, let alone the confines of electronic and sample-based music…”
The material, recorded not long after the first album, represents a different face of Momo and Jan Strach: This time the band presents more song-orientedforms, awkwardly yet charmingly juggling styles and feelings. More or less rocking songs struggle between folk, disco, southern rythms and even punk. Momo on vocals in songs 1 and 6.
sarah j ritch is a composer and improviser from chicago whose interest in classical composition arose from both her studies in piano and cello as well as explorations of the guitar and bass in punk and metal bands in las vegas between 1996 and 2003. she eventually landed in chicago and earned a bachelor of music from roosevelt university and a post-baccalaureate certificate in sound from the school of the art institute of chicago. she has been the composer-in-residence for chicago classical ensembles the millennium chamber players and anaphora, and regularly performs solo and with her free improv group sound collision alliance.
on her debut album, string theory, sarah displays her interest in both improvised noise and notated tonal music as she explores the acoustic structures of strings and sines. over the course of the album electronically treated cello gives way to droning and pizzicato violin; a pure drone at the center resolves itself with a rising and falling violin sonata; and a cello converses with itself in woodtones.
Its rustling. Dripping. Playing. It makes zzz.
Moving in lines. Sounds are traveling. Hopefully melancholy.
It seems to be always the same persons, which are fighting in mind. Keeping Silence. A prospecting of Sound?
Views are floating, its still a Trial. Elusive.
A Saxophon tells us. And Trains. And a Piano… which could never decide!
If there is a possibility of listening waves beating? Or do they rythm the beat?
“Seven mirrors” is the first ambient album by Nunun. With Massimo Discepoli playing synths and keyboards instead of drums, and Cesare Discepoli more electronically treated than usual guitar, in these seven improvisations the duo explores many different sonic textures and moods. Haunting melodies and weird dissonances, celestial soundscapes and earthy distortions, countless melodic fragments and free improvisations, this is music for both the intellect and the soul.
The album cover is an original work of italian painter Nascar; the album will be soon available in a special printed edition
Hydra is the solo project by catalan artist Adrià Bofarull. Bofarull has been involved in various electroacoustic projects focusing its compositional approach on the idea of sampler. This L’Antimatèria its the third instalment on the series of releases focused on that very project.Before, Hydra has been released in Exp_Net netlabel (curated by good friend Javier Piñango) and self released as a CDr through good old Myspace platform.
Sound artist and radio producer, the sound recording and the sound effects are the essential elements of his work of composition. Born in 1979, Anthony Baron lives in Paris and works where the improvisation and the sound creation is going full swing in the world. It is under the name of Anton Mobin that he produces his radio creations and that he occurs on stage. Anton Mobin’s sound activities evolve in two universes: the improvised music and the radio art. He defines himself his initiative in the continuity of the concrete music: his approach is directed on the listening of the sounds of the everyday life and their use in the radio composition, to develop an “extensive” concrete music.
Collision at Epsilonia (January 12, 2012)
Live performance for the Radio Programme Epsilonia dedicated to experimental music. It is broadcasted each thursday on Radio Libertaire, Paris / France (89.4 FM) from 22PM to midnight (GMT+1)
Steve Hilmy: electronics & manipulations
Daniel Barbiero: amplified double bass
Prepared and unprepared double bass routed through electronics in a set-long improvisation recorded live at Bella in Washington DC 14 June 2011.
Steve Hilmy and Daniel Barbiero have worked together to create soundscapes for the Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group since 2009. This independent collaboration explores an intuited spectralism arising from the combination of live electronics and processed double bass.
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