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MARK HANNAFORD : The Garden Of Forking Paths

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Aug 04 2007
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Artist: MARK HANNAFORD (@)
Title: The Garden Of Forking Paths
Format: CD
Label: Extreme (@)
Rated: *****
Here we’ve another chapter of Extreme Antripodean series and a really good one indeed but quite different from Vincs. The lowest common denominator is still jazz music, but in some ways this work sticks much more to the context, if to you that implies "it’s canonic jazz", you’re on the wrong lane. Discerning the main elements of this improvisational effort is not that difficult since you get a well proportioned blend of "free jazz" plus contemporary classic music and the alchemy is good due to the fact Hannaford keeps far from easy mannerism and works hard on defining his own style. The first aspect you notice after many listenings is that the interaction of Hannaford with the rhythmic section is really equilibrated, which is one of the most interesting quality of this cd, above all if you consider the majority of the material comes out of improvisations. The aforementioned sentence is referred to the fact nowadays working in an idiomatic way (but let’s be honest... that also happens in "non idiomatic" impros) brings forth the risk to fall in anonymity, if this problem has to do with the hypertrophy of our recent musical history or with the fact in a massified society like this it’s hard to have an identity, I sincerely don’t know. By the way, Hannaford has built accurately his own personality and has chosen carefully the other team-players, that’s why he collected an interesting number of "sketches". "The Garden Of Forking Paths" made me think the afroamerican elements/root of jazz sometimes gets dissolved in the style (culture?) of many white musicians, not that you won’t find Monk, Mingus or Coloman traces in the genes of some of these players, but everything is "colder", "more suspended", subdued in a way that characterizes many white (and usually Europeans... unlike Hannaford) musicians. If it was not for the fact it’s quite far from contemporary compositions, I’m sure people like Berio, Feldman or even Cage would have loved this musicians’ taste for dissonance, but even if the abstraction is somehow similar, the speed is different alas let me say he could be "a swinging contemporary piano player listened at 45 rpm", does it make any sense? (I think so, but just if you consider the solo tracks like "All booze"). This pianist makes you believe there’s still hope for the for the future... nay for the present of improvisation while half of the jazz world survives with one foot in the grave.

MALATO: Avant Pop Muzak EP

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Aug 02 2007
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Artist: MALATO (@)
Title: Avant Pop Muzak EP
Format: CD
Label: Old Europa Cafe (@)
Rated: *****
Born from ex Ain Soph's Clau D.E.D.I. solo project of the same name, Malato during few years of existence saw joining in members of Ain Soph, Circus Joy, No Light for Tomorrow and Sentinels. AVANT POP MUZAK shows very well the new attitude of the project thanks to five tracks (there's also other two bonus tracks with Folkstorm and Mz.412 remixes of the opening "Uni") which are always in balance between industrial improvisations and dadaism poetry. The tracks are based on an 80's industrial rhythm structure enriched by theremin inserts and synth bass lines where Dark Yota is free to declaim his futuristic lyrics. The CD seems to have the same approach of a live show where the effect produced and the feelings induced into the listener are the main thing and Malato are good at this. Be sure to check also "Digital vampire", a track born from the collaboration of the hyperactive Japanese writer Kenji Siratori where Malato build a sort of dancey electronic industrial background to one of the characteristic Kenji's writing, recited by himself.

O PARADIS: Las Nubes Que Mueren

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Aug 01 2007
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Artist: O PARADIS (@)
Title: Las Nubes Que Mueren
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Rated: *****
The first time I listened to this double CD by O Paradis I didn't know what kind of comparison I could do to explain the music of Demian's project. The fact is that the two CDs contains unreleased tracks coming from two different period of the band. The first one, which contains sixteen tracks, is part of the latter period (the one I prefer), while the second CD contains other sixteen tracks which are a little less experimental respect the first ones. I'll try to explain what I mean: the second CD contains songs structured like experimental folk ballads which someway sound more "rock" or "psychedelic" oriented (but always filtered through a good dose of experimentation concerning background sounds). On first CD, instead, the concept of ballad has been revised using a different approach (you can find something similar on the last three songs of CD 2) where the atmosphere is dilated and you can also find a certain folk influence thanks to the use of violins and a different use of acoustic guitars. Take songs like "Las vias del viento" or the following ""The bubbles of the fishing" and you'll get what I mean. On this one you can taste a certain melancholy you wasn't able to feel with the old tunes. This, in my opinion, opened O Paradis sound to a wider choice of atmospheres.

VV.AA.: Resonance: Steel Pan in the 21st Century

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jul 30 2007
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Resonance: Steel Pan in the 21st Century
Format: CD
Label: quiet design (@)
Distributor: Alas Seis Music Direct
Rated: *****

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Resonance will go down in history for being the first electronic music album made with Trinidadian steel pan sounds to ever be produced. Twelve artists from NYC, Austin, Greensboro, London, Brazil, Germany, Oslo, Australia, Tokyo and Belfast received samples of the peculiar sounding instrument by pannist Darren Dyke so they could get down and dirty with them and tweak from dusk to dawn. As you'd expect, there is a lot of the experimental/avantgarde thing going on (random steel pan sounds here and there amidst a bunch of other random noises, presumably all originated from the same sound sources but tweaked to the point where the source is almost unrecognizable) however there are also a lot of interventions where the processing is so heavy that you can't identify the instrument at all. In some instances the artists went to town creating their own beats and producing Warp-esque electro-ambient compositions (a great example of that is Paul Russell's exciting track, no wonder he is from London...). Other tracks go from pushing the limits of saturation to creating dreamy an crystallized ambient tunes or from glitch electronica to nightmarish dark drones. Diversity is definitely key so give this disc a listen on CDBaby, iTunes or on the distributor's site.

Jan-M. Iversen: 1.05 Drone

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jul 30 2007
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Artist: Jan-M. Iversen (@)
Title: 1.05 Drone
Format: CD
Label: triple bath (@)
Rated: *****
The third Triple Bath release is Jan-M. Iversen's "1.05 Drone". Besides being part of the well known Origami collective, Iversen has released as much as 35 releases in the past years, which is quite an impressive number. Favoring
clarity and meditation, Iversen's hour long drone is a floating composition made of many sound layers - in the last five minutes there is a tone shifting which I intended as a gentle awakening from the droning trance. I suppose that the sound sources on this one are treated field recs because of the drone's irreegularity. As far as i can remember this is the best release of this artist.


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