Sunday, August 29, 2010
The Acidlab provides the structural underpinning against which a number of looped and live sounds rise and descend into the murky mix; an Alesis Ineko adds elongated delay and the potential for sonic mayhem. In the last few seconds, the Acidlab drops out leaving unadorned noise. Enjoy.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Yet another sub rosa gem, HOX it-ness by Wire's E.G. Lewis & A. Karperyd, was produced in 1999 and subsequently lost to all but the most curiously devoted Wire arcana fans. Reflecting a marriage of the most abrasive Dome pieces and the less noise centered rythmic Duet Emmo tracks, the pieces on this album feature E.G. Lewis in horror-show speak-song mode surrounded by a synth/bass/percussion machine structure negotiating itself through a floating abbatoir of fitful noise stabs and punches. While the music on it-ness is a cold unforgiving churn, Lewis' vocal styling, even in its assertive monotone, suggest a potential humanity.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
is a forgotten gem that shows off Mal's skills as a bass player
and sound organizer. The cuts exhibit a distinct ability to
limit his sonic choices, creating music that is compellingly
"minimal," but also dynamic and quite beautiful. There are
few vocals with little of the abrasive qualities the Cabs were
known for early in their career. As the sleeve's designer
Neville Brody stated "the sleeve is about human ritual and
human slaughter." Utterly imbued with the usual taste of
paranoia the Cabs embraced as their "idea fixe," the last
track ends with the words "Lee Harvey Oswald...Lee
Harvey Oswald...Lee Harvey Oswald..." Wow, INDEED!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Guided by a nervous sense of intuitive creative flow, this improv, that employs both live and looped material utilizes a number of analogue devices(::VTOL::, Serge, Korg MS20...). and FX. Juggling devices and mixers in real time, and pulling sonic material in and out of the mix, I'm quite pleased with the resulting noises.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Hula, formed about 1980 in Sheffield, UK remain underappreciated in the world of dystopian industrial noise/funk. While they inhabited the same orbit as their comrades, Cabaret Voltaire, and did produce an indie hit "Fever Car," this thinking man's noise never had the same popularity as the Cabs, who produced some of their early work. Pounding rhythms. industrial strength slabs of paranoid dread, and cut-ups negotiate Ron Wright's fevered vocal intensity producing music imbued with what might be termed "negative beauty." (Joan Demmers, Listening Through the Noise, 2010) Someone please re-master their catalogue now!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
The Quay Brothers are twins; as a twin I understand the need to create a shared language, a personal vision of the world infused with a distinctive singular meaning. The Quay Brothers create a world populated with the organic and the inanimate, all hauntedly alive. This is magic cinema, artfully created, uncanny and odd. Their work suggests an obsessive concern with detail infused with ghostly eastern european angst and antique longings. The liquid movement they create with stop-action animation straddles the divide between a wet-eyed evocation of the "alive" and phantom mummification. Their hermetic twin-ness dressed in meticulous personal architecture and iconography allows us a glimpse into the uncomfortable "reality" of a buried dream. Stills are from "Street of Crocodiles"(1986, 21 minutes).
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Common Grackle whose coloration suggests the color of my Korg MS20 is a somewhat spectral presence. The name of this bird, a frequent backyard visitor, is derived from the latin word graculus "to cough." Large with an iridescent blue/black head, the grackle's contrasting yellow eyes are a bit unnerving.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Finally my ::VTOL:: CRAMOLA has arrived from Moscow! In russian CRAMOLA appropriately means sedition, anti-religion, or just plain sinful, and given this, the Cramola does not let you down. The Cramola is a powerful FX-processor/sound generator that as Dimitriy states "is one of the most powerful and ANGRY machines I've ever made." While I'm just learning to manipulate it, it has, not surprisingly, produced a wonderful cacophony and then some! I'm looking forward to interfacing it with my other ::VTOL:: modules (Corvax, Volfram); the potential of these combinations seem endless, and, no doubt will produce some compelling sound/music. Thanks Dima for all you do.
Monday, August 9, 2010
An Inaudible Hum:Noise & the Tyranny of Form...Check out this new blog that focuses on a number of brother projects. Here's the link: http://wwwsecondsleep.blogspot.com/2010/08/welcome.html
Friday, August 6, 2010
With added "plus" and "minus" signs, "Grande Illusion" is finally complete except for the black frame I construct for every painting in the "White Series" of paintings. Next to it is the beginning stage of a painting tentatively titled "Falling Man."
Soon to arrive from Moscow, the ::VTOL:: Cramola Sound Generator will, no doubt add to my sonic options. The Cramola is not only a sound generator, but also is capable of an array of powerful FX choices, fuzz, ring modulation, distortion, etc. It is also capable of interfacing with other ::VTOL:: sounds modules (Volfram, Corvax and others). The first page of the manual pictured will give you some idea of tha Cramola's POWER! Thanks Dima!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Pronounced "ohm," this Mika Vainio side-project "Oleva" cd (2008) is quite interesting, being sonically exploratory, from sledgehammer beats to ambient textures (or both!), and the inclusion on Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun," here titled "Set the Controls TO the Heart of the Sun."
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Just a short improv using some looped material from my Oberheim OB-1 and the usual suspects takings its inspiration from some early Tangerine Dream material. The ::VTOL:: Corvax is producing the subtle percussive sound while the Serge Creature/Seq A is playing a faintly "sci-fi" sequence crawl. The Doepfer Dark Energy spits white noise bile. KOSMISCHE!
Monday, August 2, 2010
This piece started life conceptually with the title of Jean Renoir's film "Grande Illusion" rattling around in the back of my mind. If I remember correctly that film's idea fixe was anti-war...so topical in today's environment of American wars raging on two fronts arguably the result of hubris guided by over-riding GREED. Furthermore, knee-jerk materialism, so at the heart of the American "Dream," supplies an endless motivation for topical contemporary creation/art-making.
The dreams of EMPIRE that possessed the previous administration have a historical precedent in the Roman Empire. While that outward expansion left behind an incredible array of art and architecture, perhaps when we have met a similar fate our primary artefact will be MacDonalds. Rejoice and spread american monoculture bereft of cultural/culinary nourishment!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Esplendor Geometrico, early purveyors of pounding industrial music, have been reissued AND REMASTERED by Captain Trips Records in Japan. These three box sets contain much of their best work in a genre often overlooked and often denigrated by those with more conventional tastes in (experimental) music. They can be purchased at either the Captain Trips site or, from Spain, via Geometrik Records. Esplendor Geometrico deserve to be heard!
My keyboards, a mixture of classic analogue monosynths(Oberheim OB-1, Arp Odyssey,and a Korg MS-20) and the digital polyphonic(Nord Lead 20th Anniversary Model), all add many sonic options to my arsenal. ALL of them have a signature sonic fingerprint, from the MS-20's raspy filter to the wonderful analogue warmth of the Oberheim OB-1. Also pictured, albeit somewhat hidden, is a Korg KP3, an Alesis Bitrman, an Electro-Harmonix Looper, an OTO Biscuit(INCREDIBLE device!!!), a Jomox T-Resonator, and the MFB-503 DrumComputer.