UPDATE: Despite having even less sleep than normal, I’ve managed to upload this broadcast. You can bring it in now, as a single mp3 file. As always, take the money you saved by downloading the Gigli director’s cut, and bestow it upon the artists and labels linked below.
I’ve started off today’s broadcast with some Scott Smallwood, a little side project he released on Televaw back in 2002. Sweet Action had been talking about 8-bit music for the past few weeks– figured I’d bring in a nice minidisc with some to share.
Speaking of minidiscs, Wether’s “Skin Atonement” on Hymns is a monster. I know I’ve talked it up before, but I don’t mind doing it again. If there’s copies of this one left, be sure to grab one. Hymns is an amazing label, and definitely among my favorites for new and surprising releases.
I’m continuing the mini marathon now with the Rubbish half of the double 3″ Roil Noise release “In Praise of Forgotten Gods.” This is positively laid-back for Rubbish, but is one of my favorite of his recordings so far. Sweet Action seems to dig it too, though the ziploc packaging presented some trouble for his night-addled coordination, haha. Reminds me of the time I tried opening the “Live in Japan” Monotract album.
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, and Oli Mayne claim the second release for the Aural Terrains label with “Palimpsesto;” a mostly low-key disc exploring deeply within prepared piano, vibraphone, drums, and electronics. As with Chrysakis’ “Klage” album, the recording quality is perfect– a real bonus for those who will enjoy reveling amongst the glassine structures with headphones.
For all the Southern Illinoisians in the know about local history, allow me to present “Conceptuality/Life,” from Thomas Buckner’s new release on Mutable Music. This track features text taken from former SIUC prof Buckminster Fuller’s “Synergetics,” with a physical construction to match one of Fuller’s main concepts about systems being more than the sum of their parts.
Speaking of sums– here two tracks from The KBD Sonic Cooperative’s “Four Plus One,” available on the Eh? portion of Public Eyesore. This is a really nice disc, with a lot of breathing room for all the sounds. Impressive improvisation, without unnecessary fireworks. Putting the “bing” on my cherry was an e-mail I received last week from fellow blogger and ITDE listener Jake, who was excited to hear The KBD Sonic Cooperative, as they are from his area. Jake not only hepped the KBD to their burgeoning airplay down south, but hooked me up with contact info for a wealth of experimental artists and bands in the Northwestern Ohio area. I’ll be following up on each of these in the next couple weeks– expect to see my obsession pay off big dividends for you, at least in terms of cool new stuff to hear! Want to thank Jake? Pick up a copy of his first label-released album…
Last week, I played from the first of Annea Lockwood’s “A Sound Map of the Danube” discs, soon to be released on Lovely Music Ltd. I’m enjoying playing and listening to this set, much more than even I would have guessed. I’m starting to think of this last half hour as my Charles Kuralt “nature” moment, albeit much longer than those 60 seconds. If you enjoy this one, be sure to check out her “A Sound Map of the Hudson River” as well.
sCAUGHT — Insert Coin
sCAUGHT — Fever
Wether — Selective Reasoning
Wether — Silver Flood
Wether — Torrid
Rubbish — In Praise of Forgotten Gods
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Terse Symmetry
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Phosphoros
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Entrain I
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Entrain II
Thomas Buckner, SEM Ensemble, Petr Kotik — Conceptuality/Life
The KBD Sonic Cooperative — Untitled 14
The KBD Sonic Cooperative — Untitled 5B
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube, Donauwirt to Samorin
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube, Esztergom to Keselyus
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube, Batina to Vukovar
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube, Geese to Dobra