Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
1970's BLOWS AGAINST THE EMPIRE by Jefferson Airplanes's Paul Kantner not only embraces the futurist step-up from "Airplane" to "Starship," but also utilizes electronics in an effort to provide what Kantner has termed "background landscaping." Though mainly used as embellishment, unlike the full-on electronic mini-opus of Jefferson Airplane's Chushingura found on 1967's Crown of Creation, tracks such as Home and XM use noise to effectively produce spacey sonics. Though inhabiting the scape-heap of the Airplane's secondary discography, these are nonetheless precursors to the use of electronics in, say, Hawkwind who are also primarily "folk" musicians steeped in futurist iconography.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
My personal chaos theory demands as much sonic serendipity and random events as possible. These two new modules certainly fit the bill adding numerous options to my appetite for the seemingly uncontrollable, fueling my belief in the Surrealist dictum that the laws of chance equal the laws of beauty...and perhaps the opportunity for a happy accident, a compelling epiphany. The Brain Seed is available at CONTROL in Brooklyn; the RVG from Audible Objects via Etsy.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
These recently purchased ADDAC modules, the Voltage Controlled Oscillator and the Complex Random with Expander are capable of wonderful things! The oscillator offers all manner of voltage control of parameters AND a wonderful sounding pulse wave; the Complex Random sends out voltage controlled (or manual) CV madness. With nine outputs(counting the expander's six), you can certainly create all manner of mayhem, both standard and Brownian! New toys=new joys!
Friday, March 29, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
What you saw depended on where you were when.
-John Berger "Ways of Seeing" 1973
With time comes mystery, multiple meanings and perhaps a sense of longing...My large scale drawing "The Kitchen is No Longer Reassuring" (1983, pencil on paper, 38" x 76") completed after my mother's death, explores loss and makes the point that ALL art is essentially about memory, a pointed tug at what inhabits the liminal spaces of our now dreamt pasts. Spoons are zygotes, cracks swallow people, and chairs supply a support of sorts...and doors go somewhere? Perhaps this work offers a key to those dreams, a faintly recognized fragment that bridges a gap between us and ghosts.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013
The fine Game of Life label invited me to come up with 25 or so minutes of music for free download. Noise produced by eurorack modules, Buchla 200e, my Serge modular, and voice samples interbreed producing vaporous clouds, jarring dystopian jabs, and cut-up samples that are meant to be evocative of the 21th century's layered onslaught. www.gameoflifeproject.com
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Andrew Chalk's Forty-Nine Views In Rhapsodies' Wave Serene (Faraway Press) presents, using limited instrumentation(Polivoks synth, piano and organ), a microscopic world teeming with life and a wealth of inviting sonic detail. The aural equivalent of snapshots taken with a debased analogue camera, these 49 tracks remind the listener of the crumbling landscapes from Andrei Tarkovsky's masterpiece Stalker, haunted by memories that spawn a labyrinth of longings that drift and dissolve, and then start again with the next track. With titles like Halo Dispersed, Sleeping Stillness, Land Of Nod, and Seaward Flow, Mr. Chalk makes his intention to present a liminal museum of miniatures, chipped with age, but imbued with poetry's patina, abundantly and compellingly clear. This is art that offers us an opportunity for epiphany. We should be thankful.
Monday, January 21, 2013
"It's a wonderful world; it's a beautiful thing"-David Thomas
How true! The new cd from Pere Ubu comes to us imbued with much of Ubu's Modern Dance/Dub Housing skittering sounds and David Thomas' dada vocals...and while I sorely miss Allen Ravenstine's noise synth genius, Robert Wheeler's EML stylings are compelling, fleshing out the sound like the body electric. Drums drive the sound with melodic snippet from various synths poking through the swampy soup, scratching the consciousness like a errant mosquito. On a few tracks, Thomas' vocal are mumbled shards, much like the dancing broken funhouse glass that makes the climax of Orson Welles' classic film The Lady From Shanghai, from which Ubu borrow the title, such a nightmarish hallucinatory experience...and like this release, a beautiful thing.