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.
From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:
Vampyroteuthis Infernalis: Luiz Moretto Quintet
Sweet Defeat: Tom Wouters/ Lode Vercampt/ Bert Dockx
Spontaneous Acts of Provocation: Kris Wanders, Ts/ Yusuke Akai, G/ Shoji Hano, Dr
LA Poesiaes: Bart Maris, Tp/ Quentin Biardeau, Ss, Ts/ Valentin Ceccadi, Cello/ Gabriel Lemaire, as, Bari Sax, Cl
Timely: Glenn Wilson Band
Epicenter: Chris Lightcap‘s Bigmouth
Hymn for a Hungry Nation: Freinds &Amp; Neighbors
from Wolves to Whales: Wooley/ Rempis/ Niggenkemper/ Corsano
Cloud Riding: Luca Segala Quintet
Beginner’s State of Mind: Paolo Porta, Ts/ Alessandro Maiorino, B/ Alessandro Minetto, Dr
This Appearing World: Marylin Crispell, P/ Richard Nunns, Tango Puaoro/ Jeff Henderson, Reeds
Christian Wolff plays NY’s Roulette on March 5th.
Ben Goldberg‘s new release, Orphic Machine, is out on March 24, and features vocalist and violinist Carla Kihlstedt, guitar Nels Cline, trumpeter Ron Miles, tenor saxophonist Rob Sudduth, drummer Ches Smith, pianist Myra Melford, bassist Greg Cohen, and vibraphonist Kenny Wollesen.
Trucks will be driving around the University of Southern California campus playing Schoenberg.
What is the connection between Frank Zappa and possibly U.S. Presidential candidate Jeb Bush? Read on…
From Creative Loafing Atlanta:
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and one of the pioneering figures in avant-garde improvisation and composition, Anthony Braxton was the artist in residence for the University of Alabama’s Sonic Frontiers series, February 18-25. Braxton took the music world by storm in 1970 with the arrival of For Alto, a sprawling double LP that emerged as the first full-length album for solo saxophone improvisation. The momentum kicked up by such a seminal offering has propelled Braxton for more than 45 years and countless releases. Now entering his 70th year on this green earth, Braxton is still breaking musical boundaries.