Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
It is not with a little surprize and much sadness that I note the passing of Don Van Vliet, better know as Captain Beefheart, a musician and visual artist who threw brickbats at convention and challenged us to make some kind of curious sense of it all. My introduction to the Captain was his album Lick My Decals Off, Baby; it threw me for a loop initially, all jerky meter, stop and start guitar and bass parts that made arcane ourobourous knotted snakes negotiating each other, and the Captain's elastic extreme multi-octave voice that was drunk with expressive potential. I must admit to confusion, but I stuck with it until suddenly I experienced a state similar to "satori," a small awakening that somehow allowed me to make sense of it all; all the pieces fit; everything made sense! I was lucky enough to meet the Captain when he performed at My Father's Place in Roslyn, N.Y. in 1980. He was affable and charming, but clearly a man possessed by his own personal muse. He kissed my then wife Lorraine and autographed a scrap of paper(see above) for her. He then went on stage to perform songs from what was then his newest opus, Doc at the Radar Station. The Captain's mixture of blues, free-jazz, and his own eccentric take on reality, art-making, and dada have always made for a satisfying poetic musical banquet of the sort not heard since he "retired" to paint. He will be missed.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
"Loyalty to the image of beauty results in an idiosyncratic reaction against it..."
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
::VTOL:: noise/sound modules that present numerous patching options and bent-circuit sonic mayhem. Finally nested together in my studio, Dimitriy's creations can now work together in unexpected, cacophonous ways free to express Russian dystopian/utopian bliss!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Purchased from artist/musician Jason R. Butcher about a week ago, Hopelessly.Convoluted Agitated.Elements, a demanding statement arising from chaotic synthesis techniques realized with the use of a pair of Buchlas and possibly an EMS Synthi, is an ear-wretching statement of sonic intention that bites into you and never lets go. Patterns poke their heads out from a sea of feedback loops that chisel and jab at you with what seems like malevalent intent. As patterns develop to speak in an arcane language similiar to the linear rantings of painter Cy Twombly's chaotic expressions, the listener, tangled in these agitated elements, is awe-struck by the negative beauty of man/machine. SUPPORT THE ARTIST! http://fastheadache.blogspot.com/
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
In a homage the Orson Welles' "The Lady from Shanghai" there is a shoot-out at the Guggenheim Museum during a video installation utilizing mirrored glass that contemporizes the famous gun-play in the circus house of mirrors at that film's end. Beautifully shot and edited, The International is an uncompromising film that is artful and entertaining reflecting the director's knowing art-making practices.
This is a challenging work, but worth the effort, its simplicity evolving into a complex statement.
Monday, September 27, 2010
With curious noise burst motifs from my VTOL Corvax, this improv came together quickly after recording a loop made with my Oberheim OB-1. Filled with somewhat eastern modalities, this loop provides the under-pinnings for the improv. The Dark Energy provides the percussive attack and the Serges supply the rest.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
menacing. This one was custom-made for me by
Monday, September 20, 2010
and the human condition armed with concrete sounds, schizoid frequencies, neural effects, eccentric sounds, and archaic loops. Released in 2006, bacterie presents us with some of his most compelling work-slabs of sonic detrius, sludgy deposits, and chilly cracked ambience, all wrapped in a definitive M.B. frequency painting.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
With a wonderfully mechano-organic cover by the Quay Brothers, the trio
of B.C. Gilbert, G. Lewis, and Daniel Miller, here in their Duet Emmo form,
unleash a torrent of dystopian noise and a few electro-pop nuggets. While
some have opined this effort uneven, my estimation differs, seeing it as an
early and beautifully realized noise genre time capsule that offers glimpses
into the future from 1982. "Or So It Seems" is achingly heartfelt, Lewis'
voice filled with regret negotiating regular stabs of synth and synth noise.
The album's opener "Hill of Men" moves along like the cover's machine-
filled organic monster. "The First Person" echoes work by Gilbert and Lewis' Dome project. This album may be a "half-formed kiss" in some res-
pects, but it warrants a listen by anyone interested in the early days of the
now common noise genre...Carlos Giffoni, give it a listen...
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
To any fan of analogue synthesis, Totally Wired-A Film About Schneiders Buero, is quite a godsend. In an office block in East Berlin Mr. Schneider carries the mantle of old and new school analogue synthesis in the form of a boutique that caters to analogue freaks who want the newest incarnations of oscillator worship. Interviews with Daniel Miller, Dieter Doepfer, Jessica Ryland, and Ricardo Villalobos praise the work of Andreas Schneider and his continued passionate offering of the wares of maverick instrument builders...TVOD of the best kind!