Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Arktau Eos – Mirrorion
Arktau Eos debut album is a journey into ritual and dark occultic ambience with guitar elements on a few tracks. But for the most part it’s stick to purely organic and acoustic elements such as piercing blasts of windbones, accelerating steel-plate rolls, singing bowl and various kinds of stringed instruments along with the human voice in all it’s eerier wonder, to summon up dark and often deeply chilling atmospheres

Claudio Parodi – Horizontal mover
Horizontal Mover finds classical trained pianist,improviser and sound artist Claudio Parodi playing tribute to American sound artist Alvin Lucier and in particular his piece I am sitting in a room, which was based around recordings of recordings- that are built up untill they make there own drone form.

Welcome – Sirs
Welcomes debut feels like if you had a big white bowl and mixed in: Syd Barrett’s take on Pink Floyd, all manner of late 60’s psychedelic pop rock, The velvet underground’s sensibility to more churning avant guitar work, and The Pixies one of there more rough and ready days. All squeezed toothpaste like into your mind- a mix of juddering off angle guitars, quirky/ wonky harmonies, and songs that threaten to fall apart beneath you, like a trap door leading down a multicoloured Helter Skelter.

Francisco López – Untitled #180
Francisco López paints hyper reality audio paintings or maybe huge more convincing versions of those 3D laser pictures from the late 1980’s. Sound and noise elements are cut up and throw back in your face,Or you drift on gossamer like threads, through slow unwinding caverns of sound, always weary you might drop to the caverns floor hundreds of feet bellow.

Circle – Andexelt
Andexelt is often as cited been one of Circle’s best albums, dating from 1999 and been out of print for sometime- here it’s been reissued by San Francisco tUMULt label. So what’s all the fuss about, well Circle stand as one of the great instrumental bands period, in any genre.

Neronoia – Un Mondo In Me
As many long time readers of this site and my reviews, will probably know I’m more than a little bit of a horror movie geek. The reason I mention this is the first time I played Neronoia album, I was immediately hit by a moive and that movies characters that could well have Listen to this ,the movie in question was 80’s teen Horror vampire film The Lost Boys. Un Mondo In Me seems to fit pefectly into that world, with it’s mix of 80’s synth work, pop rock guitar elements, gothic undertones and a splattering of horror filmatic moments.

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AMN Opinion: Should Out-of-Print Music Be Free?

Every couple of weeks or so a new podcast or blog emerges that offers free downloads of out-of-print or rare recordings. Most of these sites also display a disclaimer, stating something to the point of: “We’re only posting these digitized high-quality recordings because they are otherwise unavailable. We’re not distributing pirated copies, no-sir-ee!”

Let’s analyze.

A great deal of music is out-of-print, including many recordings that have a viable, but small, audience. The recordings remain out-of-print in most cases because the cost of re-printing, re-pressing, and/or re-mastering is several times the amount of money that can be made by offering legitimate copies for sale. However, should this potential audience of perhaps several hundred individuals lose the opportunity to enjoy what in their minds might be a classic? Should art be not seen, not heard and not experienced because of its lack of commercial viability?

While the recordings may only exist in LP format or both LP and CD formats, the market for certain rare recordings on eBay and other forums can be in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. One can debate the intricacies and justifications of free-market economics, but is it fair, or is it just for savvy collectors to profit off of the second-hand selling of art while the artist doesn’t get a cut?

Enter the free download sites. They offer the entire album, either digitized from the original LP format, or ripped form a CD. Usually, the sound quality is quite good. The world, including the core audience of several hundred, can now experience the art. Life is good for everyone…or is it?

It is debatable whether or not the original artist benefits from or would even condone this practice. And it will vary from artist to artist. Some openly encourage sharing of their out-of-print works while others prefer to maintain a stranglehold on the dissemination of their music (though the online market for free high-quality bootleg recordings is so enormous that this point is practically moot). But will the artist benefit or be harmed? Here too, there is no clear answer. A freely available high-quality digital copy of a recording might kill the market for a legitimate release of that recording, or it might seed the market for such a release and drive sales of the artist’s in-print efforts. To date, no one has provided reliable data indicating that either of these speculative outcomes is more common than the other. Like artist’s attitudes towards free downloads, the truth probably varies.

So is it considered “piracy” to offer high-quality full-length downloads of otherwise unavailable music? The ethics seem questionable. But is it right or wrong? Again, no clear answer emerges.

This may be one of those situations where you cannot change what happened in the past, so you can only plan to address the problem in the future. Independent artists should either launch their own websites or sign on to download services that, for all intents and purposes, will result in their music never going out-of-print, while allowing the artist to get paid per download. Artists that prefer to sign to a label should negotiate a contract that allows the rights of their music to revert to themselves after the label lets the recording go out-of-print.

And what about the devious collector who makes enormous profits on the resale of legit copies of rare recordings? Digital downloads won’t make the market for physical media evaporate, but downloads will push the market down the demand curve. However, the amount of time that collectors put into collecting is significant and there are relatively few sales of rare recordings that exceed $500. If you boil collector profits down to an hourly rate, it is likely to no more than minimum wage. So maybe the collectors have more in common with the artists than meets the eye.

AAJ Reviews

From AAJ:

28-Nov-06 Ahmad Jamal
Pavane For Ahmad (FiveFour)

28-Nov-06 Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley
Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley: So There (XtraWATT/ECM)

27-Nov-06 Francois Carrier
Open Spaces (Spool)

27-Nov-06 Evan Ziporyn
Frog’s Eye (Cantaloupe Music)

New on Important Records

The latest from Important Records:

You Are My Home
For Rivulets’ third album members include Jessica Baliff, Chris Brokaw and musicians from The Rachel’s, Boxhead Ensemble & Mission Of Burma.
Together they tastefully smother Rivulet’s soft voice and guitar with layers of wintery sounds….. (more)

Yellow Swans & Birchville Cat Motel
Yellow Swans & Birchville Cat Motel is the the first collaboration between these two underground phenomenons.This collaboration was recorded entirely in New Zealand both live and in the studio.

Trigger Trilogy
Conrad Schnitzler is a genuine legend in the krautrock and electronic music worlds. Schnitzler studied under Joseph Beuys before joining an early Tangerine Dream. Their first album Electronic Meditation shows a band highly influenced by Schnitzler’s unique, singular approach.(more)


The piano is certainly an instrument with which Conrad Schnitzler is not often associated. However, his compositions on Klavierhelm exhibit his highly expressive and free approach to the piano. Calling to mind Erik Satie and Cage, Cecil Taylor and even Carl Stalling. (more)

Some Blood Will Stick
Some Blood Will Stick is a collection of tracks from their ultra-limited self produced label Heavy Blossom. Songs were taken from Swoon Scream (2004) and Awful Symmetry (2005) with one additional track. What makes this disc more than a simple re-release is … (more)

Umbrella Music Through December 7th

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 29 November 2006

The Hideout
10:00 PM | Birth Control
Greg Ward – alto sax
Tim Halderman – tenor sax
Jason Roebke – bass
Mike Reed – drums
11:00 PM | New Now Know How
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Jeff Parker – guitar
Matt Golombisky – bass
Quin Kirchner – drums

$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets
Jeb Bishop Plays Two Records at Once

Thursday, 30 November 2006

10:00 PM | Rumback/Gorczynski Duo
Charlie Gorczynski – saxophone/electronics
Charles Rumback – drums, electronics
11:00 PM | The Josh Berman Quartet
Josh Berman – cornet
Keefe Jackson – saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

$6 requested donation

Sunday, 3 December 2006

The Hungry Brain
10:00 PM | Block and Tackle
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Anton Hatwich – bass
11:00 PM | Hauf/Bayne/Summerfield/Rosaly
Boris Hauf – tenor saxophone
D. Bayne – rhodes
Toby Summerfield – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

Monday, 4 December 2006

Gallery 37
7:00 PM | The Rob Brown Quartet
Rob Brown – reeds
Jim Baker – electronics
Nate McBride – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
Free, but tickets required.

Wednesday, 6 December 2006

The Hideout
10:00 PM | Herculaneum
Record Release For: Orange Blossom (482 Music)

Dave McDonnell – saxophone
Patrick Newbery – trumpet
Nick Broste – trombone
Greg Danek – bass
Dylan Ryan – drums

$6 cover
11:00 PM | Andy Moor / DJ Rupture Duo
Andy Moor – guitar
DJ Rupture – turntables & electronics

$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets
Kevin Drumm spins Sound (f)art

Thursday, 7 December 2006

10:00 PM | Frank Rosaly Solo
Frank Rosaly – percussion and electronics
11:00 PM | Stein/Moritz/Davis/Pride Quartet
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Jonathan Moritz – tenor saxophone
Kevin Davis – cello
Mike Pride – percussion

$6 requested donation

Upcoming at the Bohemian National Home

From the Bohemian National Home:


Today, Monday, Nov. 27th: Daniel Higgs and Chiara Giovando with special guests
The former front man of Lungfish returns to the Bohemian! A noted visual artist and vocalist, Higgs has spent most of his solo career defying expectations built up from Lungfish’s reputation as the most creative and unusual of Dischord bands. He usually performs as a solo instrumentalist now, often finely fingerpicking a guitar with a mixture of country-blues and drones that suggests traditional Indian music or an Arabic taksim. Or he might do a whole concert on jaw harp, like he did on one of his first solo releases. Whatever he’s doing, he’ll be joined by violinist/vocalist Chiara Giovando. Doors at 8 pm; $5.

Thursday, Nov.30th: Henry Grimes, Roy Campbell, Chad Taylor
Henry Grimes, the human interest story that shook the music world a couple years back. In the middle of an amazing career- playing with traditional heavy-weights like Sonny Rollins, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, McCoy Tyner, Charles Mingus and leaders of the avant-garde like Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, Pharoh Sanders- Grimes disappeared in the mid-60’s and was largely presumed dead by the jazz world. But a couple years ago the doublebassist was discovered alive, given a new bass, and he’s triumphantly returned to music. His trio consists of trumpeter Roy Campbell (best known for his work with William Parker and Jemeel Moondoc) and drummer Chad Taylor, who plays with many groups in rock and jazz- including Isotope 217, Chicago Underground Orchestra, Tortoise and others. Doors at 8 pm; sliding scale $10-20.

Saturday, Dec. 2nd: Peter Walker/Jack Rose/Nick Schillace
Get ready for some world class finger-picking guitar. Peter Walker first appeared in the mid-60’s, playing a more eastern-influenced version of the virtuositc folk styles typified by his friend and collaborator John Fahey. His spent many years out of the limelight, but his return to touring and recording is touted as nothing short of astonishing. The same has been said of his touring partner Jack Rose. Those who saw him at Stormy Records a few years back say it’s not to be missed. Bohemian pal Nick Schillace is an accomplished finger-picker in the same “American Primitive” guitar tradition. Also Bohemian pal/door guy Taylor will do a very brief kick-off solo set. Doors at 8:30 pm; suggested donation $10; $5 min.


12/5 Bad Thoughts, Elmapi, Matterlink
12/6 Andrew Drury, Wade Matthews, Reuben Radding
12/10 In The Tradition hosts a jazz jam session
1/19 Capillary Action, Joe Lally and Zu

Bohemian National Home
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