Newsbits: Zappa Documentary / Pitsiokos and Wooley Album Reviews / Dieter Roth Review / Avant-Garde Space Music
In cool news of the week, NASA has discovered that interstellar vibrations sound very similar avant-garde music.
In the world of progressive space and ambient music, the German group called Cluster were eccentric wizards, musical alchemists who defied traditions, even the ones they helped create during the space music days of 1970s Berlin. Hans Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius have released dozens of albums as Cluster, and under their own names, over the last 45 years.
Cluster influenced three generations of ambient composers, beginning with Brian Eno and continuing through Robert Rich, The Orb, Ulrich Schnauss and countless others. Although they were lumped in with the space music of Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk in the 1970s, Cluster always followed their own path, creating sonic landscapes that could quaint and spacey, like a surreal music box, slightly sprung, or they could assault the walls of dissonance.
Now, one half of this influential band has flipped the off-switch for the last time. Dieter Moebius died on July 20 at the age of 71.
A new Kickstarter is up and looks worthy of contribution:
“Free Jazz is liberation, is the excitement of the new and now,” says Thurston Moore, executive producer of FIRE MUSIC. “It is with respect, passion and knowledge that Tom Surgal captures the significance of it. His work, like its subject, shines for the collective call of beauty and unity.”
FIRE MUSIC, directed by Tom Surgal and produced by Dan Braun with Executive Producers Thurston Moore and Nels Cline, reveals the story behind the irrepressible art form that has inspired generations of fans the world over.
From The Guardian:
Newsbits: Cameron & Diaz-Infante / Pirog in Pittsburgh / Miles in Newport Reviewed / Mathisen in NY / The Climate Music Project / Xenochrony
A new album, Sol Et Terra, is out from Lisa Cameron & Ernesto Diaz-Infante.
The Anthony Pirog Trio will perform in Pittsburgh on July 29.
On the serious side, The Climate Music Project is seeking to extend its funding. It is an educational art project that uses music as an analogy to model climate change in a way that will engage non-scientists.
From The Guardian:
If all it were remembered for was its engagement with musical history, then The Freedom Principle – an astounding new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago – would already stand as a landmark. In telling the story of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a radical organisation of jazz artists founded in 1965, it does a better job than any show I have ever seen at analysing music and conveying its cultural importance. But The Freedom Principle, curated by Naomi Beckwith and Dieter Roelstraete, does even more than that. It shows how the themes of black cultural nationalism in the 1960s – an art engaged with political struggle, and unafraid to speak in a collective voice – continued a modernist artistic tradition of merging art into daily life. And it pushes into the present day, discovering the legacy of an important but under-appreciated musical tradition in contemporary art worldwide, from American sculptors to Albanian video artists. It fuses the history of music and the history of art into a single, more complete narrative, and makes it look easy.
Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.
Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble – The Gospel According to Matthew and Michael (2015)
Kave – Ominousium (2015)
Peter Evans / Tim Dahl / Mike Pride – Pulverize the Sound (2015)
Mette Rasmussen / Chris Corsano – All the Ghosts at Once (2015)