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BoxDeserter: TwoRevolutions

 Posted by John Gore   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 21 2008
Artist: BoxDeserter
Title: TwoRevolutions
Format: CD
Label: Edgetone records (@)
Rated: *****
Nothing like trying to fill the whole frigging CD! Here we have two tracks weighing in at 36:17 & 42:18. Recorded live in Detroit at the Bohemian National Home, we have the usual modern jazz expression (three reed players, piano, bass, drums) embellished with lecturer (this will be irritating or interesting depending on your political orientation) on track #1 and Laotian Mouth Organ on track #2. Sliding in and out of structured forms and historical quotations, all are played with a certain amount of freedom but there is also a sense of composition as well to hold the whole thing together. I don’t have enough of a background in this to say whether anything new is being added to the idiom (or if that’s even possible any longer). All I do know is that some parts I liked and some parts were lost to me. The musicianship is beyond question. Now all we need to ask is if we need more or less of this kind of thing. It seems to me that music has arrived at a place that simply serves the egotism of personal expression. But then again, maybe that’s the point.

thirty9thirty8: thirty9thirty8

 Posted by John Gore   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 21 2008
Artist: thirty9thirty8 (@)
Title: thirty9thirty8
Format: CD
Label: Flattened Planet (@)
Rated: *****
thirty9thirty8 (Terrence McManus-guitar; Dave Ballou-trumpet; Devin Gray-drums) swim the sea of experimental free-jazz (or is it post-free-jazz? I can’t tell these days). All I really care is whether the music engages me. There’s plenty of improv going on here. How much of it comes from actual composition is not apparent to me, but does that matter? The end result should be the final criteria, whether all the processes work to bring about a satisfying result. What I missed was a bass to anchor the whole thing. But the various timbres and rhythms at play of all three instruments gives us enough variation to keep the interest going through the whole disk. Music like this takes more than one listen to start clicking.

Ghost in the House: Ghost in the House

 Posted by John Gore   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 21 2008
Artist: Ghost in the House
Title: Ghost in the House
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Edgetone Records (@)
Distributor: IOD Alliance
Rated: *****
Mixing the sounds of oboe, English horn, lap steel guitar, and various percussion instruments Ghost in the House (David Michalak-lap steel guitar, buffalo drum; Karen Stackpole-gongs, percussion; Kyle Bruckmann-oboe, English horn; Tom Nunn-crustacean, water phone & other original invemtions) creates an exotic world of ancient ritual and lysergic tableau. I lean towards ancient Egypt, but you may hear something else. Very dreamlike at times, as in good or bad dream. Regardless, a very different trip in whatever way you want to understand the word.

Music From the Film : Playfully Abrasive

 Posted by John Gore   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 21 2008
Artist: Music From the Film
Title: Playfully Abrasive
Format: CD
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Self-styled as electro acoustic noise MFTF, the solo project of Gary Young (aka Pastor Irrelevant, member of New Killers On The Block, Drooling Zoomers, Bone Bunny, and Entfred), accompanied by Arthur Harrison on theremin and "cacophonator," gives us 24 tracks of sonic mayhem, most tracks under three minutes. Lots of jumping around from instrument to instrument and the occasional processed vocal sample. This has a very cartoon feel to it, combined with an unrestricted, free spirit of expression. Think Pee Wee’s Playhouse and the Residents and you’ll be close.

Yann Novak : In Residence

 Posted by John Gore   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 21 2008
Artist: Yann Novak (@)
Title: In Residence
Format: CD
Label: Dragon's Eye Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Three untitled tracks of subtly layered tones and pulses building a dark, unsettling, and somewhat claustrophobic "ambient" space in which to act or not to act. Mesmeric or soporific depending on your prevailing mood, attention and listening volume. Not all that original but what is nowadays. Very nice regardless. Limited edition CDR of 250 copies.


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