AMN Reviews: Tim Walters – Neither Here Nor There (2019; VauxFlores Industrial)

Neither Here Nor There falls into a broad and arguably unnamed category that combines ambient and electroacoustic music. Despite being of a loose genre that is becoming crowded, this new release from Tim Walters is well worth multiple listens.

Walters makes better use of his daily commute than most of us – the album was composed in the SuperCollider software package on his way to and from work. The results comprise six tracks totaling just under 40 minutes and covering a fair amount of ground. Case in point, The Philadelphia Chromosome is an ominous soundscape of shifting mid-to-high pitched waves backed by rattling and cracking elements. Caldera, on the other hand, is a deliberately-paced series of mildly discordant layers and oscillations. The remaining tracks include quasi-ambient passages, metallic scrapes and grinds, prickly percussive components, and more electroacoustically-oriented excursions. The album ends with a 13-minute piece, The Statis Rune, that features the first true drones as well as thick, dissonant sound walls.

Despite Walters’ use of building blocks that are reminiscent to those of the GRM school of composers, Neither Here Nor There has much to offer purveyors of dark ambient music. Walters’ attention to detail and singular sound garners this album a strong recommendation.

Chicago Scene: November 15-22, 2019

This is a weekly overview of live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Friday, November 15th 2019

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Elastro A/V Night Three
Ritwik Banerji & The Astromusicologists, with Jeff Kimmel, Scott Rubin, Liliana Wosko, Will Faber, Nick Alvarez
Three Hands Clapping : Rebecca McDaniel, Henry Stewart, Ben Zucker
Claire Rousay, Kim Alpert

Sunday, November 17th 2019

7:30PM at the Fulton Street Collective, 1821 W Hubbard
Morton Feldman Piano & String Quartet
Christopher Narloch, Myra Hinrichs, Min Park, Nicholas Jeffery, Kelly Quesada

9:30PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($15) (wheelchair-accessible)
Dan Weiss Trio with Jacob Sacks, Thomas Morgan

Monday, November 18th 2019

8:00PM at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630 (Free, RSVP)
Caterina Barbieri

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, November 20th 2019

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Splice Series
Jack Wright, Carol Genetti, Peter Maunu

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Ratchet Series
McCullough/Shultz Group : Chad McCullough, Ryan Shultz, Paul Mutzabaugh, Eric Montzka

Thursday, November 21st 2019

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Jaap Blonk, Lou Mallozzi, Ken Vandermark

Friday, November 22nd 2019

7:30PM at the Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS ($38)
Craig Taborn, Kris Davis

Saturday, November 23rd 2019

2:00PM-12:00AM at Epworth United Methodist Church, 5253 N Kenmore ($12-$10)
Chicago Experimental Music Festival
Reader Advisor
The Handpan Project
Malice Coltrane
Chloe Lin and Friends
Johanna Brock
TOA Heavy Industries

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Mwata Bowden with Ari Brown, Harrison Bankhead, Avreeayl Ra, Leon Q Allen, Discopoet Khari B — CD release

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Toneshift Reviews

Source: Toneshift.

Everyone Is Here by Kajsa Lindgren

Something Veiled by Leo Okagawa

Three Spatial Electro-Ambient Releases

Preparations by Del Lumanta

Vornths by Jared Sagar

In Search Of The Third Mantra by Ekoplekz

The Flowers Die in Burning Fire by IMA

Split Shapes & Divisive Models by Void Hands

Spiral by Pé

Refuge For Abandoned Souls by Rothko

Viaje by Roland Bucher

On Corrosion Box

Eva by Huma

The Forever Tapes by Aidan Baker

Inåt by Erik Levander

Antimatter by Ben Carey

Xenakis and Parmegiani Performances in LA

Source: Monday Evening Concerts.

György KURTÁG – Transcriptions of works by MACHAUT, LASSO, FRESCOBALDI, SCHÜTZ, PURCELL and BACH
Bernard PARMEGIANI – Selections from DE NATURA SONORUM (1975)
Iannis XENAKIS – PLÉÏADES (1978)

Vicki Ray and Gloria Cheng, piano
Michael Pisaro, sound diffusion

Eric Derr, Dustin Donahue, Sean Dowgray, Katie Eikam, Tim Feeney, Kevin Good,
Kalle Hakosalo, Yuri Inoo, Mike Jones, Ryan Nestor, and Derek Tywoniuk, percussion
Jonathan Hepfer, director

Two major developments in the history of classical music that defined the twentieth century were the parallel rises of the use of percussion and electronic sound sources. It is perhaps no wonder that so many pioneers in the field of percussion music were also pioneers in the field of electronic music (Edgard Varèse, John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Steve Reich, for example).

For the opening program of Monday Evening Concerts’s season at Zipper Concert Hall, we offer two of the most significant works of those traditions, Iannis Xenakis’s Pléïades for percussion sextet and Bernard Parmegiani’s De natura sonorum for electroacoustic sounds. In these works, we observe two masters perfecting their compositional languages in different but complementary mediums.

Written in Paris in 1975 (De natura sonorum) and 1978 (Pléïades), this program interleaves Xenakis’s investigations into timbre, non-octave scales, microtonality, statistics, flocking, and rhythm with Parmegiani’s probes into harmonics, textures, transformations and psychoacoustics. The common thread? The visceral nature of sound.

A Guide to William Basinski’s Avant-Garde Ambient 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

September 11, 2001 may be a hackneyed jumping-off point for personal biographical change, but it really was a pivotal day for avant-garde composer William Basinski. When he awoke that morning, broke and worrying about an eviction notice, he was all set to go interview for a job at the World Trade Center. Instead, he watched the towers collapse from his Brooklyn apartment. The music that he was working on that very day would become his breakthrough moment, too. The Disintegration Loops was a watershed release that captured the real-time decay of his old tape loops being digitized, subsequently taking new sonic forms while inadvertently soundtracking the horrors of 9/11 (photos he took from his apartment that day are the covers for each of the four volumes).

San Francisco Scene: November 15-22, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, November 15
Fri 11/15 7:30 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Recombinant Festival

Fri 11/15 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Beam Splitter and the duo of Birgit Ulher (trumpet) and Gino Robair (percussion and electronics).

Fri 11/15 8:30 PM Tiny Telephone Oakland [5765 Lowell St Oakland]
Lucky Cloud 11: Tyler Holmes, Wizard Apprentice, Caribay

Saturday, November 16

Sat 11/16 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Wooden Fish Ensemble with Special Guest: Yuki Endo on Shinobue

Sat 11/16 7:30 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Recombinant Festival

Sat 11/16 7:30 PM Land and Sea [5428 San Pablo, Oakland]
Yann Novak (Los Angeles)
Robert Crouch (Los Angeles)
Ian Wellman (Los Angeles)
Simon Whetham (UK / nomadic)
electro-acoustic, site-specific and drone based works will be performed.

Sat 11/16 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
The Mills Performing Group celebrates composer/improviser Anthony Braxton’s 75th birthday with a concert of his compositions.

Sat 11/16 8:00 PM Radius Gallery [1050 River St #127 Santa Cruz]
The Powers + Sharmi Basu

Sat 11/16 8:00 PM Piedmont Piano Company [1728 San Pablo Ave Oakland]
Trio M

Sat 11/16 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Marlo Eggplant (LADYZ IN NOIZE) , SWTE, Roland Neptune, +mas

Sunday, November 17

Sun 11/17 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSound plays works for instruments and tape by Jonty Harrison and Herbert Brün. Davy Sumner Ensemble plays Synthbees.

Sun 11/17 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm Ric Louchard Quartet
Josh Marshall – tenor saxophone, Lisa Mezzacappa – double bass, Jordan Glenn – drums. Ric Louchard – piano/stories
8:30 pm Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland plays 25 years under the mountain
Philip Everett – drums,autoharp, electronics, Ray Schaeffer – 6-string electric bass
Alex Cohen – electric guitar, viola da gamba
Rent Romus – alto, soprano, c-melody saxophones, flutes, kantele, percussion
Scott R. Looney – piano

Sun 11/17 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical workshop in free improvisation)
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names immediately before each group plays. We try to keep transition time between groups at a minimum. Over by 10pm. It’s free. If you want to contribute, bring snacks and drinks.

Sun 11/17 8:30 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Lord Tang – Tyler Holmes – IMA

Monday, November 18

Mon 11/18 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
OFJS: Finkbeiner/Allen/Levin + Trouble Ensemble

Tuesday, November 19

Tue 11/19 4:00 PM KZSU 90.1FM, Stanford University [540 Memorial Way Stanford, California 94305]
TUNE-IN LIVE WORLDWIDE | 4-6PM (PT) // David Leikam is a San Francisco-based composer-performer and bandleader. Being born with cerebral palsy has affected his body and speech, giving him a distinct view into his creative arts/music process and being largely a self-taught multi-instrumentalist.

Tue 11/19 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Way Out West Concert Series – Karl Evangelista’s Labas
Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista is joined by an all-star cast of instrumentalists for “Labas” (Tagalog for “outside”), a journey through Filipino tradition and the immigrant experience by way of modern jazz and powerful sonic abstraction.
Labas: Karl Evangelista: guitar, composition, Jordan Glenn: drums, Crystal Pascucci: cello, Rei Scampavia: keys, Cory Wright: alto saxophone

Tue 11/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
An evening of audio-visual improvisations with German trumpet player Birgit Ulher, Bill Hsu and Gino Robair

Wednesday, November 20

Wed 11/20 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Elizabeth Kimble: Fundraiser Concert

Wed 11/20 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Scott Amendola & Ben Goldberg play music with Nate Brenner!

Thursday, November 21

Thu 11/21 6:00 PM The Contemporary Jewish Museum [736 Mission St SF]
Experiments in Sonic Potential: Ben Goldberg

Thu 11/21 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
free improvisation, Japanese music, found sounds, sound art
Alexander Dubovoy – piano, Katherine Whatley – koto
Birgit Ulher Ensemble
Birgit Ulher, Tom Djll, Jacob Felix Heule and Kevin Corcoran

Thu 11/21 8:00 PM Mitchell Park Community Center [3700 Middlefield Road Palo Alto]
Earthwise presents Dave Douglas Engage f Jeff Parker & Clarence Penn

Thu 11/21 8:45 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
SOOT / Entresol / Folian / Leila Abdul-Rauf

Thu 11/21 9:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia St SF]
Terry Riley & Gyan Riley – 50th Anniversary of “A Rainbow In Curved Air”

Friday, November 22

Fri 11/22 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
As part of her West Coast Tour, Hamburg-based trumpeter Birgit Ulher performs with local trumpet troublemaker Tom Djll in duos and trio with master improviser Tim Perkis, using brass tubes, valves, buzzing things and electronics. Many musicians regard the TAC room as one of the best-sounding small spaces in the Bay Area, so this is an excellent opportunity to appreciate two celebrated alt-trumpet masters, making and muting and mixing.

Fri 11/22 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Nicholas Phillips: #45miniatures

Fri 11/22 8:00 PM Audium [1616 Bush Street, San Francisco]
Premiere of Audium 11 – Friday, November 22, 2019
Two years in the making, Audium 11 dives into the primordial world buried beneath the surface of consciousness; the shifting sonic layers deep inside us all. Listeners will be immersed in urban sounds more familiar, as well as a vast assortment of electronic sounds in the abstract. In Audium’s pitch-black, 176-speaker space, a calm scene in a cafe can become a raucous thunderstorm, and dark ethereal rumblings can morph into pleasant piano tinkling.