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Edgar Froese Obituary and Profile

Posted: January 27, 2015 by Mike in General

Deutsch: Tangerine Dream beim Konzert in Ebers...

Tangerine Dream


Edgar Froese, the leader of the long-running and prolific German group Tangerine Dream — first an improvising avant-garde rock band, then an ambient electronic-music project, and finally an arena-filling machine of smooth and heroic synthesizer pulsations — died on Jan. 20 in Vienna. He was 70.

Experimental Music from Japan Feature

Posted: January 25, 2015 by Mike in General

English: Keiji Haino at Moers Festival 2007


Modern-day noise music, however, has escaped the preserve of academics and avant-garde thinkers, uniting conservatory-trained and untutored participants from the worlds of punk, jazz, metal, contemporary classical, electronic music, and sound art in an exuberant and egalitarian collision. While noise conjures up the image of a cacophonous maelstrom of sound, contemporary improvisers utilize a much broader tonal palate, often offsetting abrasive textures with environmental sound, field recordings, and even silence. This is especially true in Japan, which has become a global center for the genre. Artists including Haino Keiji, Merzbow, Otomo Yoshihide, and Hijōkaidan rank among the scene’s most respected and influential names—little known at home, but able to command hefty sums for overseas performances before large, reverent audiences. So synonymous, in fact, is the country with this style of music that the term “Japanoise” was coined to provide a convenient catch-all.

Upcoming Jimmy Bennington Shows in Chicago

Posted: January 25, 2015 by Mike in General

Jimmy Bennington will be performing the following dates:

Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound W/ Artie Black, Mike Harmon, Sam Mosching at Redline Tap, Sun Feb 15, 2015, 9pm-12 Midnight, $5.00 Cover

Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Trio W/ Saxophonist Fred Jackson Jr (AACM) at Rhythm Room Bar and Bistro Located in Evanston’s Century Theater, Sat Feb 7, 2015, 7pm-11pm, No Cover

Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Trio W/ Pianist Dan Pierson at Rhythm Room Bar and Bistro Located in Evanston’s Century Theater, Sat Feb 14, 2015, 7pm-11pm, No Cover

RIP Edgar Froese, founder of Tangerine Dream

Posted: January 23, 2015 by Mike in General

Deutsch: Tangerine Dream beim Konzert in Ebers...

Sad news via Tiny Mix Tapes:

On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna.

My favorite Tangerine Dream recordings are Phaedra and Rubycon. They had a huge influence on me 23 years ago as I was introduced to electronic / ambient music.

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.

Atomic – Lucidity (2015)
Agusa – Högtid (2014)
Monocube – Blue Dusk /// Red Dawn (2014)
Jon Lundbom / Big Five Chord – Jeremiah (2015)
Ensemble Super Moderne – Ensemble Super Moderne (2014)
Roger Turner & Otomo Yoshihide – The Last Train (2015)

On January 24, 2015, The Lost Civilizations experimental music project will appear with drummer Jerry Busher and bassist Doug Kallmeyer on a Sonic Circuits bill hosted by Silver Spring’s Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. The bill will also include Battle Trance and PraxisCat .

Battle Trance
Battle Trance had an auspicious inception. One morning,
Travis Laplante (Little Women and a trio with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Ches Smith) literally awoke with the crystal clear vision that he needed to start an ensemble with three specific individuals Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner. Laplante was actually unfamiliar with their work as musicians and had only a minimal relationship with them as individuals. He was also aware that a band of four tenor saxophones could be the worst idea ever. In spite of this, Laplante followed through and contacted Nelson, Viner, and Breiner. He gave them very little information beyond his morning experience. But no one hesitated – the ensemble formed that evening.

Playing modular synthesizers, as well as guitar, Christine Paluch (PraxisCat) improvises deconstructed atmospheres and loops interlaced with both beauty and anxiety.

Lost Civilizations experimental music project
The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello) that began performing in 2008. Although it is essentially a duo and performs most frequently as such, it often features guest performers. When complex schedules permit, it now performs with Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics, Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics, Emily Chimiak on vocals and violin, and Patrick Whitehead on Flügelhorn and Trumpet. On January 24, Jerry Busher (drums) and Doug Kallmeyer (bass) will be performing with the Lost Civilizations experimental music project

Saturday, January 24th 2015 @ 7:30 pm-10:30 pm

8230 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; Map:

From Vimeo, a video and overview of the AACM exhibit at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of AACM, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather than confining the individual, actually made room for individual freedom of expression.