kind words for a trail, a texture by rosalind hall and ada rave!

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It’s as though Rosalind Hall is wielding a hand-held fan, pressing it against surfaces so that it buzzes in frictional complaint, without applying the necessary pressure to stop the blades entirely. It’s a delicate navigation of brinks and almosts – her saxophone lingers upon single notes and tilts them, ever so slowly, until they threaten to fall over. Her instrument throbs uneasily as overtones force their way into the frame, turning ovular drops of pure tone into snarls of dissonance. It’s an agonising sonic yoga routine; pitches bend into awkward poses and then hold them for as long as concentration, exhalation and muscle power will permit, the note wobbling like calves and biceps in convulsions of tension. Collapse is always a mere false step away.

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kind words for stanze by palimpsest trio!

AMN Reviews: Palimpsest Trio – Stanze [pyr168]; Orrù Mar Rocha – Live at MIA 2015 [Endtitles ET2] « Avant Music News

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kind words for breathing through wires by iris garrelfs

Iris Garrelfs at the Barbican

“…her music is thick with the evidence of spatial dialogue and spatial sensitivity. Garrelfs’ voice reaches forth like a hand probing the dark. Even as her utterances tumble through a web of delays and a mysterious, dislocating pitch modulation, she never loses the ability to react instantaneously to her surroundings; her demeanour tilts in response to micro-adjustments in mood or room temperature, with the echoes contracting and relaxing accordingly. The effects are as soft and breathable as she is – a moist, flexible extension of her body rather than a constrictive maze of electricity, twisting her image into something alien and animalistic while still, somehow, retaining a strong resemblance to the human form.”

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kind words for nununu by clara de asís and less than human by caroline park!

Two new offerings from the Pan y Rosas netlabel present different perspectives on making electronic music. One involves intuitive, moment-to-moment decision making, while the other draws inspiration from a systems-based aesthetic of autonomous processes.

Nununu is Marseille-based experimental guitarist Clara de Asís’s twenty-four minute, unedited single-take improvisation for prepared electric guitar. A continuously evolving soundscape, the piece begins with a low-key electronic hum or murmur that at times sounds like the rush of wind through telephone wires or the throbbing of airplane propellers high overhead. From there de Asís builds reverberant sound blocks into a thickness of layered echoes which eventually converge into a buzz and an unsettling, suspended chord punctuated by the metallic chiming of struck strings.

Caroline Park, whose 2013 release Rim explored the sonic products of generative compositional processes, here presents five pieces that begin with minimal musical materials which accumulate into larger structures through repetition, superimposition and variation. In Being States Park creates changing harmonic patterns by layering a handful of brief motifs of a few notes each; the larger melodic aggregates that result take on unpredictable shapes by virtue of the differing lengths and cycles of the constituent motifs. Plantlife and A Moth Is Born are made up of somewhat harsher sounds, the former sending its elongated tones riding out on a wave of static and the latter consisting of siren-like, dissonant glissandi. Fractured Barnacles is constructed around a pulsing sequence of changeable speed, while Gldufgsld closes the collection with a floating, consonant chord.

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kind words for less than human by caroline park!

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“The structures might be minimal, but the resultant sonorities are positively efficacious. “Being States”, shaped by blurs of glimmering melodic crystals, is just a taster. “Plantlife” mutates from a crescendo of static sources to a translucent representation of ecstatic absorption, all of the above in a finger snap. “A Moth Is Born” introduces a galaxy of stunning glissando figurations framed by short semiliquid snippets. In its somewhat disconnected mesmerism, “Fractured Barnacles” calls to mind certain therapeutic aspects of Carl Stone’s work, whereas the final “Gldufglsd” is a wonderful low-voiced drone immersed in heaven-knows-what sort of enhancing process. Contrarily to 2012’s Oto, Park urges us to repudiate the use of headphones (“sound needs space”, as she rightly points out). The disobedient reviewer tried the double approach, the outcome staying – in both circumstances – at levels of excellence. As well as these creations, it is Park herself who “needs space”. In your record archive.”

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kind words for less than human by caroline park!

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“On third play I opened a window (analog window). If your current climate allows, this is also recommended. Because though obviously synthesized, even the mild airport melodies of “being states” and the tiny digital pops and pricklings peppered here and there are so organically arranged in time that they meld flawlessly with the natural ambience. So patient in its movements you might mistake the audio for the whisper of many moving insects, or tiny rain. For me I could not differentiate between the sound in my room and the sound of people cutting down trees down the street, and the breaking of that border was quite nice.”

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kind words for less than human by caroline park!

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…Less Than Human ranges from luminous and droning (“Plantlife”) to ominous and distant (“A Moth Is Born”) to stuttered and disorienting (“Fractured Barnacles”), and all of it is best experienced in full body, the nuances not left to the compressed nature of headphones, and the volume not adjusted for proximity’s sake.

[“Being States”] is perhaps the album’s most ambitious, a gentle melody refracted through subtle, pinging percussion. As for “Gldufglsd,” the album’s longest cut, at over 11 minutes, it is, like “Plantlife,” structured around a low-level drone, heard here below a harsh shimmer, out of which slowly arises a warmer tone whose sense of comfort is balanced by the increased threat of that buzzsaw shimmer. It seems to suggest a sequel to “A Moth Is Born,” in which the promise of a heat brings the end.

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kind words for palimpsest by adriano orrù!

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kind words for palimpsest by adriano orrù, paulo chagas, silvia corda, and mauro sambo!

Un significato poco conosciuto della parola “palinsesto” (il Palimpsest del titolo) è quello di pagina manoscritta dalla quale il testo originario è stato cancellato e sostituito con un altro. All’idea di scrittura sovrapposta si rifà Adriano Orrù, proponendo alcune sue linee di basso elettrico a tre colleghi, chiedendo di arricchirle o, viceversa, di spedirgli brani su cui sovrincidere il proprio strumento.

Ne esce un lavoro composto unicamente da duetti, col basso che si accompagna di volta in volta alle percussioni e all’elettronica di Mauro Sambo, al piano di Silvia Corda e agli strumenti a fiato di Paulo Chagas, conferendo al lavoro una certa varietà stilistica, unificata però da un mood sempre piuttosto pacato. Il disco funziona bene sia che si segua la scaletta, che alterna le tracce delle varie coppie, sia che si scelga di ascoltare di fila tutti i contributi di un determinato duo, visto che la varietà di cui si parlava è riscontrabile anche all’interno dei singoli duetti e raramente un ospite usa due volte lo stesso strumento. Nei tre pezzi in compagnia di Sambo, ad esempio, troviamo campane tibetane, gong, marimba e percussioni orientali, che caratterizzano ogni traccia e portano il basso a suonare in modo sempre diverso: Palimpsest è un blues ambientale intessuto di suoni spettrali, Life Of A Duet un brano più classicamente impro, fra brevi fughe e momenti d’intesa, mentre in Scrape Off Orrù duetta con il suo doppio campionato in un brano teso, impreziosito sul finale dalla marimba. Tre anche i pezzi con Silvia Corda che, portando in dote un piano preparato e uno giocattolo, per qualche strana alchimia fa ritrovare al basso una corposità quasi rock, evidente nella pulsante The Rain Tree Under The Rain, uno dei brani più riusciti dell’intero CD. Infine i quattro duetti coi fiati di Chagas – clarinetto basso, sax soprano e flauto – che ci portano in territori prossimi al jazz, dove il basso gioca con la melodia portante stiracchiandosi e contraendosi (Bortadie) o trova l’intesa su coordinate free, dopo aver seguito il flauto in atmosfere orientaleggianti (On Different Shores). Un album decisamente riuscito, che parte da un’idea originale e ben congegnata e la sviluppa in piena libertà, senza risentire dell’eterogeneità della formula con cui è assemblato, ma facendone anzi un punto di forza.

Il disco, oltre che acquistabile in formato fisico, è scaricabile gratuitamente dal sito dell’etichetta.

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kind words for rub by auris + gino!

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There is so much activity going on here (and on “A+G.2” and the closer, “A+G.3”) that it’s hard to keep up with the sonic sprint; you’ll find yourself with eyes closed, head down because there is no way to experience Rub with any distractions. But it’s a lovely wall of sound: it’s all hand-made, human interaction with machines and instruments to coax out 10,000 bits and approaches (read: it’s not just flicking the “on” button and letting the inanimate animate). Further, the chemistry of the group is the flawless cooperation of an eight-handed beast, one that acknowledges a macro picture while building and tearing down waves of deft orchestration — often sounding as a gremlin big-band. There are scarce solos moments, and they make for a powerful contrast (i.e. a pause near nine minutes to highlight Miller’s roaring, pitch-bending power chords).

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kind words for nununu by clara de asís!

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kind words for nununu by clara de asís from the modern folk music of america.

clara de asis’ ‘nununu’ is a long form improvisation on prepared guitar, more accurately described, probably, as a sound sculpture than as a song.

recorded in a home studio in france ‘with no interventions’ other than panning the left and right channels, it is a spatial listening experience and the artist recommends using good stereo reproduction equipment. after listening to it, i’d say it’s worth it to sit down with it and plug it in to your system if you have the chance!

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