Archive for the ‘General’ Category


John Cage

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John Cage‘s dislike for recordings is explored.

An article discusses the state of jazz while contrasting the latest archival Coltrane release with the new cover of Kind of Blue from Mostly Other People do The Killing.

On 3 November, dozens of sound artists and musicians from across the world will recreate a day in the life of Hamburg of the city as part of the global Cities and Memory programme. Hamburg: A day in sound is an sonic diary and sound map telling the tale of one day in the life of the real Hamburg, and also its imaginary counterpart. Throughout a 24-hour period artists from ten countries will construct a sonic artifice from their interpretation of the sounds. Based in ten different countries, ranging from Canada to South Africa as well as natives of Hamburg itself, the sound artists have reimagined, remixed and reinterpreted the sounds of the German port on their own terms.

A reissue of the classic Horace Tapsoctt recording The Giant is Awakened garners a lengthy review.

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Bill Laswell

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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.

Jon Batiste / Chad Smith / Bill Laswell – The Process (2014)
U Sco – NEST (2012)
U Sco – Treffpunkt (2014)
Wadada Leo Smith – The Great Lakes Suites (2014)

RIP Jack Bruce

Posted: October 25, 2014 by Mike in General

English: Jack Bruce performing on his fretless...

Jack Bruce

Sad news about someone who influenced too many to count. From Rolling Stone:

Jack Bruce, the singer and bassist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Cream, has passed away, his family confirmed the musician’s passing on his Facebook page. He was 71.

Taylor Swift White Noise Remix Context

Posted: October 24, 2014 by Mike in General

WFMU

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In some Friday news of the absurd (but very cool), WFMU is sponsoring a Taylor Swift White Noise Remix Context. I’ll let them do the talking:

Taylor Swift White Noise Remix Context
Friday, November 7th, 3pm – 6pm
on Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk

On Oct. 21, an apparent glitch at the Canadian iTunes Headquarters resulted in an eight-second file of white noise and silence being made available on for download as “Track 3″ from Taylor Swift’s upcoming album “1989.” The little blurt of an mp3 quickly topped the Canadian iTunes sales charts. Whether or not Ms. Swift is venturing into the world of sound art or digital culture jamming remains to be seen but that’s not stopping us from announcing the TAYLOR SWIFT WHITE NOISE REMIX CONTEST. Download the original track here, bleach it, rinse it, fold it and email the finished product (as an mp3 or download link) to miniature.minotaurs [at] gmail [dot] com by 11/4 (Reverse Information Day). A panel of listeners who donated to Miniature Minotaurs during the October Silent Fundraiser will judge the entries and the results will be revealed on Miniature Minotaurs on Friday, November 7 (3-6 pm).


Alexander von Schlippenbach

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The new CD from Aki Takase and Alexander von Schlippenbach is reviewed.

Two recent weird music shows in Denver are reviewed here and here.

Eclectic composer and Berkeley professor David Wessel has passed away.

Paul Dresher is interviewed.


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.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Blue (2014)
Bogdo Ula – Cult of the Harmonic Oscillation (2014)
Emanuele di Raymondi – Buyukberber Variations (2012)
The Grip (Peters / Marshall / Skinner) – Celebrate (2014)
Tomas Fujiwara Trio – Variable Bets (2014)


English: John Zorn Français : John Zorn

English: John Zorn Français : John Zorn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

However it started, the young John Zorn, who would become a crazily prolific avant-garde composer, musician, producer and record-label owner, also became an aficionado of Japanese movies (as well as that country’s music, calligraphy and cooking). “Japanese culture drew me in early on,” he said by email this week during a break from the recording studio. “Perhaps because of the profound sense of poetic resonance and visual style.”

More info here.