viernes, 28 de agosto de 2020

V/A. New Music for Old Instruments

V/A. New Music for Old Instruments (incunabulum records, 2012)

"Curated by Jozef van Wissem the “New Music For Old Instruments” festival took place all over the world: in Brussels, New York, Paris, Utrecht, Antwerp and other cities. The idea was to rid traditional instruments of their clichés. When one thinks of a lute for example the Robin Hood image comes to mind of the player standing under a balcony serenading a lady and getting a flower pot thrown at him. In order to update the instrument, to make it mature and give it it’s recognition it deserves, one needs to put it in an entire different and contemporary context, so one denounces audience expectations for example. like not playing the instrument in a classical manner or not playing the instrument for over a minute in concert, making the audience the performer, albeit uneasy and claustrophobic. what else can be done? early instruments can be processed on laptop in many different ways, field recordings can be added, lute tablature can be performed backwards, baroque themes can be repeated without end, the freeing up of these constraints seem endless.  the idea is to drag the instrument out of the museum, out of the safe hands of a small group of specialists and give it back to the people. the lute off course is only an example. there are other instruments like this which suffer from cliche. pedal steel, harpsichord, steel guitar you name it. “new music for old  instruments” intends to liberate these instruments by updating them in non-conventional ways." Incunabulum

Keiji Haino, Heresy of The Frees Spirit, Sharron Kraus, Urpf Lanze, Jozef Van Wissem, Cian Nugent.


martes, 25 de agosto de 2020

Samara Lubelski & Marcia Bassett. Morning Flare Symmetries

Samara Lubelski & Marcia Bassett. Morning Flare Symmetries (feeding tube, 2020)

"The fourth album that Samara Lubelski and Marcia Bassett have recorded as a duo (the second for us, following 2017’s Live NYC LP) is much less about drones than some of their previous work. Morning Flare Symmetries blares like a ram’s horn blown as a call to angelic battle.

Everyone has been unanimous in agreement that this improvising duo has achieved a new highpoint in the musical histories of both Samara and Marcia. They each have deep roots in the East Coast sub-underground, with a whole dang lot of band names between ’em, but in this configuration they just continue to get weirder and better on every outing. The string blend they manage to invent is a hugely psychedelic wave that washes over everything in its path. And when you’re enveloped in its massive flow, you are hauled along by sonic forces that are way beyond your control.

Some parts are soothing, others are eruptive, but they work a really amazing push-pull on your brain, so that the individual sections don’t feel competitive so much as complimentary. Like thousands of tiny thumbs urging your spirit to free itself? Sure, why not?

I absolutely encourage you to check out all of their albums. but this new one is a particular killer, so maybe you ought to start right here." Byron Coley, 2020


jueves, 20 de agosto de 2020

sábado, 15 de agosto de 2020

Ivonne Van Cleef. The Rustler (El Cuatrero)

Ivonne Van Cleef. The Rustler (El Cuatrero) (2020)

Basado e inspirado en el trabajo de Caleb R.K. Williams

El Cuatrero es de los mejores albums de este desastroso año.


lunes, 10 de agosto de 2020

Black Forest / Black Sea. Black Forest / Black Sea

Black Forest / Black Sea. Black Forest / Black Sea (music fellowship, 2006)

"This is the fourth BF/BS full-length, and the 2nd self-titled album - recorded in Providence, RI, Portland, ME and Montague, MA with guest performances by Italian sound sculptor Stefano Pilia (guitar, tiny sounds) and Miriam's sister Margot Goldberg (phonorgan). Yet another sister - Gillian Goldberg - provides lyrics. Miriam and Jeffrey also incorporate voice, ur-pedal, casio, bul bul tarang and omnichord." Music Fellowship

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