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TROPHIES : become object of daily use

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 09 2011
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Artist: TROPHIES
Title: become object of daily use
Format: CD
Label: Monotype (@)
Rated: *****
Trophies is a trio, I'm sure those of you who have an interest in experimental music will recognize the name of Alessandro Bosetti among the other players. On this cd Bosetti on voice, electronics and behind the mixing desk, his comrades in Trophies are Kenta Nagai on guitar and Tony Bruck banging the drums. The result is quite singular somehow and that itself should grant a listening and believe me after having listened to a millions releases all sounding the same, it's a beautiful surprise to find something like that. I'm not saying this cd will change your life but sure, after a few seconds of listening, you will agree with me it's not your ordinary release. How does this "become object of daily use" sounds like? Hard question for a firm answer, let's say it's one of the few work that reminded me of Harry Cow for real, a possible 2011 version of Fred Frith and friends? Maybe...Trophies follow the same weird and personal path. This release pays an homage to the Canterbury sounds, but it's mostly avant-jazzy music with a weird electronic edge, quite often the soft light singing of Bosetti follows guitars not while the drum pulse in swinged jazzy way. The music is not odd not even dark, it's simply strange, but as I have said the combination and the use of electronics here and there is strange. Nice work guys!.

Francisco Lopez + Novi_sad: Titans

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Nov 08 2011
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Artist: Francisco Lopez + Novi_sad (@)
Title: Titans
Format: CD
Label: GH Records (@)
Rated: *****
Such a title, Titans, for this listening pearl signed by the renowned sound artists Francisco Lopez and Thanasis Kaproulias aka Novi_sad, is not an act of haughty self-referentiality, even if I could say it could fit to their skills, but it's strictly connected to the inspirational place where they moulded the sonic material they consolidated in different way: the legendary Ancient Olympia region! In particular Titans (also known as white clay man as according to some studies their name derived from a Greek word meaning "white earth") are those gigantic deities who ruled the world during the so-called Golden Age, an era which was ended by Prometheus, a Titan himself, when he gave to the mankind the gift of fire and other arts and crafts. By the way, according to some essayists Titans had a central role in the primordial stages of Ancient Greek shamanism: they were normally represented by men covered by white clay, who evoked the strongest cosmic and natural forces, able to destroy other ones such as the pleasure. Such an attribute was called back in the ritual based on the episode of Dyonisus' cannibalism by Titans themselvels for instance.

Some listeners with a lively imagination could hear a sort of translitteration of Titanic powers in this split cd: Francisco Lopez's 30minutes lasting track starts with thundering ultra-low frequencies nearby the threshold of hearing, which seem to rise from the bowels of the earth, before the sound gets crammed with abrasively sinister metallic scratches, whose friction with eardrums gets gradually silenced till the moment when the Spanish sound artist plays with imperceptible hums, babbles and chirps so that it seems the titanic force of its sound has shaked the whole audible range till when the listener has been traumatically taken back to nature. Novi_sad's "Ellipsis" is really impressive as well: Novi_sad uses the same source materials, but melts them in a completely different way. The thundering low frequencies by Senor Lopez have been replaced by the recording of a real storm and when he overloads the sound space with proper thunders, you'll almost feel the electric atmospheric activity related to such a weather condition, while the hypnotical sonic sculpture based on an intense teeming of metallic ground noises sounds to be swept by a persistent corrosive wind. Analogies and bizarre similarities with nowadays Greek financial crisis, which is hypnotizing many people injecting rich doses of paranoia, come almost instinctively as well; I'd go so far as to say that the cover itself with those repeated and close green and black stripes could be considered a reference on it as well as the general atmosphere of this record, filled with a sense of deep-toned oppressive neurosis whose terminal stage cannot be but nature.

VERY SHORT SHORTS : minimal boom!

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 07 2011
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Artist: VERY SHORT SHORTS
Title: minimal boom!
Format: CD
Label: Riff records
I remember quite vividly the debut release by this band, they proposed a good bland of classic music-soundtrack-rock feel with a touch of irony and a sunny attitude. This power trio based on a drum, piano, violin/viola intersection is always working on hectic tracks therefore if you think by combining their strings and skins they will probably bore the shit out of you, you're simply wrong. The rock and the "swing" (not meant as a genre but as an attitude) elements are always driving the majority of their songs as I've probably said in the review of their debut they have a strong gipsy-rock influence that's also why I imagine live they probably kick ass. This' exactly the music you can tap your right foot at while getting drunk glass after glass. They probably enjoy so much playing what they play and you don't have to go too deep between the lines to find it, their heterogeneous musical background is well expressed in every track, even if as I've said their rock attitude is still the captain of the boat, that's why they avoid to go for a safe navigation. Welcome back guys!.

LABORATORIO MUSICA "SUONO C" : fobetore

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Nov 07 2011
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Artist: LABORATORIO MUSICA "SUONO C"
Title: fobetore
Format: CD
Label: Snowdonia (@)
Rated: *****
I really didn't know what to think about this release since you know Snowdonia is a quite eccentric label and I'm not exactly in all of their releases, but it's been a great surprise since I've been positively impressed by what Laboratorio Musicale "Suono C" have created for this recording. The music here featured sounds like a strange kind of soundtrack for a movie, Canterbury sound, some classical interventions and a bit of weirdness just to make it all a bit odd in the typical style of the label. Laboratorio Musicale "Suono C" is a small orchestra, consider beside some solo-computer episodes usually they play three or four instruments for every track: sax, bass, guitar, vocals, percussion, vibraphone, objects. While using a plethora of instruments they never superimpose one on top of each other, usually there're a couple of sounds well dosed together and after that a sequence of other movements coming in and out of the track. Somewhere else they move play and think like an old/new fashioned street-band. The global result sounds quite melodic and even if the weird seventies flavor is still there behind the door the music is really accessible. An interesting surprise.

KIM CASCONE : The Knotted Constellation (Fourteen Rotted Coordinates)

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 07 2011
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Artist: KIM CASCONE
Title: The Knotted Constellation (Fourteen Rotted Coordinates)
Format: CD
Label: Monotype (@)
Rated: *****
This single track effort by Kim Cascone made me think how unfortunately I haven't listened to many of his works and obviously I write that cause everything I've tasted gave me the idea this musician is able to reach a high level of intensity. The Knotted Constellation confirms Cascone ad one of the most catchy experimental/contemporary computer musicians of the period. His music usually duels with space and silence (like every kind of music you may say!), by some means it gives the impression he's one of those artists who learned John Cage and Morton Feldman's lessons by heart, just listen to this barely touched metallic sounds, their reverberation and how the move in the aural space and tell me I'm wrong. Despite the abundance of sounds well diluted in this recording the half an hour length of this composition shows an incredible use of patience, infact Cascone differently from Morton Feldman doesn't give the impression everything is a still life painting frozen in eternity, let's say he conspire with time to bring the listener to an inner journey. Despite the great use of proportions the sound definition is always top class and for what I know here you will find some characteristic intervention that give recognizability to the way of composing of this american musician. Among the different musician featured on this record I read C. Spencer Yeh you'll also notice we have Cage and Christopher Cascone, as some one once said: keep it in the family!.





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