Tod Dockstader Kickstarter

Justin H. Brierley has launched a Kickstarter project to produce a film about Tod Dockstader.

Electronic composer, filmmaker, cartoonist, writer, Alzheimer’s patient. This film will explore the life and work of Tod Dockstader.

Tod Dockstader is a multi-talented creator whose work remains largely unrecognized. He is perhaps most well known as a composer of electronic music and as a cartoon sound effects artist. While working at Terrytoons in the early 1960s he provided sounds for Tom & Jerry and other cartoons directed by Gene Deitch. Around the same time he also worked as a sound engineer for a studio in NYC that mostly did commercial work. He used these resources during his off hours to create several albums startling electronic music that influenced artists like Frank Zappa, Pete Townshend, and Aphex Twin. Some of this music was even used by Fellini as part of the Satyricon soundtrack.

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Newsbits: Nate Wooley in Philly / Sun Ran Catalog Review / Breiner in NY Reviewed / Olive, Kawaguchi, and Oshiro Release / Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Halloween Show

On October 28th Carol Robinson & Nate Wooley perform the works of Eliane Radigue & Denis Dufour at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.

A fairly comprehensive set of reviews for the Sun Ran catalog have been posted in two parts, here and here.

Patrick Breiner’s Double Double performance at Korzo in NY is reviewed.

Tim Olive, Takahiro Kawaguchi, and Makoto Oshiro have a new release out on 845 Audio.

The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble will perform a Halloween Show, Friday, October 31, 7:30 pm at the Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA.

AMN Reviews and Interviews: September 2014

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

Mary Halvorson

Last month we published the following reviews and interviews:

John Luther Adams – Become Ocean
Spectrical – Emergent Forms
France Jobin – The Illusion of Infinitisemal
Apocryphal in New York, Sept. 18, 2014
Triple Point – Phase/Transitions
Ovro – Id | entities
Robert Erickson – Complete String Quartets
Anglagard – Prog på Svenska – Live in Japan
The Group – The Feed-Back
Mary Halvorson – Reverse Blue

No interviews this month. More are coming soon.

AMN Picks of the Week: John Luther Adams / Jonathan Badger / Dylan Ryan’s Sand / Phurpa / Frith and Butcher / Desiderii Marginis

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.

John Luther Adams – Become Ocean (2014)
Jonathan Badger – Verse (2014)
Happy Family – Minimal Gods (2014)
Dylan Ryan / Sand – Circa (2014)
Phurpa – The Magic Rituals of the BON Tradition (2014)
Fred Frith / John Butcher – The Natural Order (2014)
Desiderii Marginis – Hypnosis (2014)

Newsbits: James Elaine & William Basinski / Christopher Yohmei Blasdel & Sasha Bogdanowitsch / Nakatani in Nashville / Various Reviews

William Basinski

Cover of William Basinski

James Elaine & William Basinski will be the subjects of a video exhibition, 18 October to 16 November 2014 at Museolaboratorio Ex Manifattura Tabacchi, Vico Lupinato 1, Città Sant’Angelo (Pescara) – Italy

Christopher Yohmei Blasdel & Sasha Bogdanowitsch present new original works & improvisations for shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) , voice, world instruments & electronics, intermingling ancient instruments alongside contemporary creations, 7:30PM October 20, 2014 Monday at JACK NY, 505 ½ Waverly Ave, Brooklyn, Between Fulton St & Atlantic Ave in Clinton.

The Quietus reviews the latest albums from Nicole Mitchell and Rodrigo Amado, and covers some of the London jazz scene as well. The Quietus also reviews the latest release from Battle Trance.

Percussion/sound artist Tatsuya Nakatani will returning to Nashville on Saturday, October 4th, and this time he’s enlisting eight Nashville artists for a gong orchestra.

Upcoming John Butcher Shows in London

English: John Butcher

English: John Butcher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EFG London Jazz Festival – Purcell Room.
Friday 14 November 2014
Tarab Cuts – with Mark Sanders

John Butcher at 60
Cafe Oto:
Friday 28 November 2014
John Butcher + Rhodri Davies
Magda Mayas + Angharad Davies
John Butcher + Gino Robair + dieb13

Saturday 29 November 2014
John Butcher + Guillaume Viltard + Dominic Lash + Olie Brice
Gino Robair + Rhodri Davies + Adam Bohman
Vellum: John Butcher + Magda Mayas+ Tony Buck

AMN (Retro) Picks of the Week: Eric Cordier / Francis Dhomont / Cardiacs / Elsa Justel


Cover of Cardiacs

Recently I had the opportunity to purchase almost 50 used CDs at a very good price. I’m slowly going through these and will be posting some of the better ones in a few special “retro” Picks of the Week articles. Enjoy.

Eric Cordier – Digitalis Purpurea (2003)
Francis Dhomont – Etudes Pour Kafka (2006)
Francis Dhomont – Jalons (2003)
Cardiacs – Songs for Ships and Irons (1991)
Elsa Justel – Mats (2007)