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ARI BENJAMING MAYERS: Symphony X

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jun 14 2010
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Artist: ARI BENJAMING MAYERS
Title: Symphony X
Format: CD
Label: Potomak
Rated: *****
Collaborator of Philip Glass, Einsturzende Neubauten, The Residents, Morton Subotnik, The Orb, and Sun Electric among others Ari Benjamin Meyers worked also for classical institutions including the Semper Opera Dresden and the Berlin State Opera. He also is conductor and composer at the Juilliard School, Yale University, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin as well as a founding member of the avant-hardcore band Celan (along with musicians from Unsane and Oxbow) . On SYMPHONY X, Ari, presents four movements which are linked to the minimal suites of composers of the likes of Philip Glass or Glenn Branca. Ari made something similar to the Glenn Branca guitar symphonies recordings using a symphonic orchestra made of saxophones, brass, strings, electric guitar, electric bass, drums, and electronics. Repetition and variation are the key element of the CD. We have atmosphere alternation where percussions and bass/guitar make the tension grow slowly with constant repetitions of one note and all of a sudden part of the brasses section start to play the same note alternatively, each part of the section hit a different bit of the measure producing an hypnotic effect. The four movements sometimes start from a reprise just to change tiny things, then ending into something different. Great album that you'll love if you like epic sounds and experimental/modern classical music.

RM74: Reflex

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Jun 07 2010
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Artist: RM74
Title: Reflex
Format: CD
Label: Utech Records
Rated: *****
REFLEX is the fifth solo album by Reto Mäder (Ural Umbo, Sum of R, Pendulum Nisum) as RM74. Since from the cover art, Reto, is giving us some ideas about the sounds we're going to listen: bats make me think about caverns, about the ultrasonic sounds they have to use and about their un-straight flight. Translate all these factors to music and I think that you'll have pretty much the idea of how the eleven tracks of REFLEX sound. RM74 uses processed guitar sounds, tones, drones, piano, harmonium, dissonant sounds, samples, etc. The result is a creepy schizophrenic symphony which cause dizziness into the audience. The great thing is that even if Reto used unconventional sounds, every track has a melodic line or a rhythm to follow which give the musical sense to the whole opera and I liked that! Presented in a heavy matte sleeve printed with dark metallic ink. Includes fold out insert.

Mirt: Handmande Man

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Jun 03 2010
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Artist: Mirt (@)
Title: Handmande Man
Format: CD
Label: cat|sun (@)
Distributor: MonotypeRec.
Rated: *****
According bizarre David Christianus instructions, the alchemical beast known as Homunculus could be created by injecting human sperm throughout the hole in the shield of an egg by a black hen, then sealed by virgin's skin for thirty days ' don't try it at home, folks! -; according to alchemists, if you do everything in a correct way ' someone argued you should take the sperm from the final ejaculations of an hanged man'¦ that's just one of the reason I suggested it's better do not try similar experiments by yourself! -, this creature is going to become your humble servant'¦Well, this mythical being permeates the conceptual aspect of the fifth solo release by Mirt, a skilled Polish musician and graphic designer, former front-man of One Inch Of Shadow as well as member of Brasil and The Gallowbrothers, maybe one of the last experimental musicians totally refusing the use of computers-aided sound design and still faithful to that Carthusian approach to the audio-montage, based on edits and magnetic tapes, normally requiring more concentration on assembling different parts of the track. Even if a conceptual album normally contains other allegories and side meanings, it's impossible deny the narrative aspect of this release, underlined by the plenty of field recordings 'mainly natural soundscapes rich of murmuring waves, singing birds and chirping insects -, supporting the delicate intertwining of guitar and acoustic sounds in some tracks (Homunculus 1, Homunculus 2, Music Of The Frogs 1 'one of the most 'chaotic' amidst the 8 tracks - and the uterine Glass Mother, one of my favorite recording of the album).


The title-track itself, Handmade Man ' the only real song, whose structure reminded to me the typical post-rock 'packaging', enfilled with a certain sense of subcutaneous melancholic anxiety -, induced my mind to imagine this being dramatically translating into music his sense of inadequacy after a shipwreck (on a ship made up from an empty plastic bag on an island of smelly mire at the borders of peripheral road'¦). But the best piece of advice I could say in order to better appreciate Mirt's work is to use your own imagination for your personal storytelling spleen till the final piano-driven Right Hand Without Fingers, which together with the previous track, Burnt Words Of Moai, features those day-dreaming and delicate atmospheres which are able to highlight the secret aura of this alchemic creature. Mirt's questions about Homonculus according to the info-sheet on Handmade Man were 'How such a being would perceive the world?' or 'What the asylum for Homunculus would look like?', but after I perceived in the general feeling of the record a subtle critic of human stupidity, greed and fanaticism from which this nice little creature seems to run away I've asked to myself 'How long do you think an Homunculus will last in our world?''¦ The only surest thing about its life expectation is that he will live in listener's mind at least for the duration of this record! Handmade Man is also available on a very limited deluxe edition housed in a special wooden box which listener's can connect to his own amplifier and treat like a musical instrument!

Greg Malcolm & Eugene Chadbourne: Jazz School

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Jun 03 2010
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Artist: Greg Malcolm & Eugene Chadbourne (@)
Title: Jazz School
Format: CD & Vinyl
Label: Monotype Rec. (@)
Rated: *****
Jazz connoisseurs will be maybe tempted to associate the title of this record to the first output by Eric Dolphy with Charles Mingus, entitled Jazz Workshop, especially when they'll discover Greg Malcolm and Eugene Chadbourne ' two talented musicians sharing an obsession for lo-fi experiments with an impressive musical career, being the easy-going Eugene (aka Doc Chad) the collaborator of embarrassingly long list of renowned musicians such as Jimmy Carl Black, Aki Takase, John Zorn, The Violent Femmes, William S.Borroughs, Camper Von Beethoven and many others as well an appreciated and funny popularize and essayist (have a look to his imaginary diary describing his travels with Shockabilly in 1984 as well as his funny autobiographical guide entitled I Hate the Man Who Runs This Bar, a really humorous collection of insights on his 20+ yrs career) and Greg Malcolm one of the most eccentric (and not so bald like the cover image, inspired by some snapshots of Eugene, made by Bruce Russell, could suggest!!!) guitarist exploring funny ways to play simultaneously different guitars in order to build drones and rhythms on guitar melodies'¦.not the usual John Does, folks! -proposed a sort of remodeling of Dolphy's great first and only solo-album on Blue Note, that fantastic Out Of Lunch!, considered one of the most important and influential masterpiece coming from one of the most revolutionary 60ies jazz legends. As I always admire jazz musicians which tried to come off the track of the canons and standards as it was Eric Dolphy as well as Steve Lacy ' two emblematic re-treatments introduce both sides of the record-, this release aroused my curiosity in order to feel how they re-arranged in a bizarre way some of the recordings, which were unusual by themselves.

Those wacky chords as well as dissonant notes in the melodic line in the most feverish passages mark an highly imaginative lo-fi approach to the composition since the very first seconds of the recording and during the performance of Bone, you could easily imagine all the played notes hopelessly dangling on the chords of the guitar'¦with a noisy shove and funny slides, the musicians let them ruinously headlong on the stove! I'm delighted by the idea that the metronomic tickling which could be heard in the funny make-up Greg and Eugene propose almost like fuzzy precepts for a forthcoming jazz school, being the title of this album - entirely recorded at the renowned Polytech Jazz School in Christchurch during Eugene's January 2009 New Zealand tour ' inspired by a sort of divertssment as well as by the attraction of cheap recording, was added just to give voice to the 'poli-handed' will return clock depicted on the cover of the original Dolphy's release on Blue Note! My personal favorites track of the album are those where the bluesy vein pulses strongly such as Out To Lunch! , Something Sweet, Something Tender and the sneaky obliquity of Serene as well as the contract between the lulling acoustic guitar and the strident 'voice' of the electric guitar before the funny set of effects (it's funny when Greg scratches the chords in a way transmuting the guitar in a sort of hoarsed duck!!!) merging the above-mentioned contrasting elements in Straight up and down'¦ a collection of lo-fi experimental miniatures you'll easily enjoy even if you're not a jazz lover! A 12" limited deluxe edition(just 30 copies) housed in wooden box with additional 3"cdr and T-shirt is also available!

VV.AA.: Sound On Probation 2010

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Jun 01 2010
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Sound On Probation 2010
Format: CD
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Given away for free with the next issue of Sound Projector magazine and with every purchase you do directly from the label, SOUND ON PROBATION 2010 is the first label compilation that gathers tracks from the past and future releases. The ten tracks of the CD cover every Laurent Perrier's musical project so, basically, this compilation is also a good way to getting to know his multi faceted musical world. You'll find Zonk't with its electronic experimentations, the dub metal guitarism of Cape Fear, the minimal experimental variations of what he does under his own name (here there's also a track from the forthcoming collaboration with Laurent Pernice), the dub ambient jazzy tunes of Heal and the crackling sounds with the add of sub/low frequencies of Pylone (here with a track born from a collaboration with Kinetix). We pass from minimal experimental sounds to rhythm based tracks in no time and we could appreciate in full the Sound On Probation catalog.


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