New on Balance Point Acoustics

Releases from Balance Point Acoustics:

bpldt303 – Zen Kaiju
Henry Kaiser/Kiku day
Duo improvisations for Shakuhachi and Guitar recorded in 2006 at Fantasy studios.

bpaltd202 – Domo Arigato Derek Sensei
Henry Kaiser Derek Bailey and many others

013 – JUS
Lindsay/Mendoza/Smith/Walter
Jacob Lindsay – Ab, Bb, Bass & Contrabass Clarinets
Ava Mendoza – Guitar
Damon Smith – 7 String Ergo Bass, lloopp
Weasel Walter – Percussion

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This Weekend at the ISSUE Project Room

From the ISSUE Project Room:

Friday April 17th
luke dubois

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, performer, video artist, and programmer living in New York City. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University and teaches interactive sound and video performance at Columbia’s Computer Music Center and at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. He has collaborated on interactive performance, installation, and music production work with many artists and organizations including Toni Dove, Matthew Ritchie, Todd Reynolds, Michael Joaquin Grey, Elliott Sharp, Michael Gordon, Bang on a Can, Engine27, Harvestworks, and LEMUR, and was the director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra for its 2007 season. He is a co-author of Jitter, a software suite developed by Cycling’74 for real-time manipulation of matrix data. His music (with or without his band, the Freight Elevator Quartet), is available on Caipirinha/Sire, Cycling’74, and Cantaloupe music, and his artwork is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City.

Friday April 18th
bruce tovsky + zach layton

Bruce Tovsky is a visual/sound artist, who began painting at the age of 7 and started playing with tape recorders at the age of 10. Ever since then he has been figuring out ways of putting sound and pictures together. For the past several years he has been creating live video and sound improvisations, often in collaboration with artists such as John Hudak, David Linton, Kim Cascone and Michael Schumacher in a variety of spaces around New York City, such as Diapason, Experimental Intermedia, Issue Project Room, Tonic, and his own installation space 106BLDG30 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. His audio/video duo with video artist Shimpei Takeda has been appearing in planetariums, rural arts festivals and galleries around New York.

INTERFERENCE

INTERFERENCE | Theremin + jitter
INTERFERENCE is an exploration of sound visualization and visual patterning, driven by a solo Theremin score that gradually accumulates density over the length of the piece. Simple motifs combine, both audially and visually, creating harmonic intermodulations and interference patterns that take on a life of their own.

Zach Layton is a composer, curator, improviser and new media artist based in Brooklyn with an interest in biofeedback, generative
algorithms, experimental culture and architecture. His work investigates complex relationships and topologies created through the interaction of simple core elements like sine waves, minimal surfaces and kinetic visual patterns.

Zach’s work has been performed by the Cleveland chamber symphony and he has performed and exhibited at the Kitchen, Roulette, Art Forum Berlin, New York Electronic Art Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Eyebeam, Sculpture Center, Diapason, ISSUE Project Room, Bushwick Arts Project, St. Mark’s Ontological Theater, Dumbo Arts Festival, New York Digital Salon, Miguel Abreu Gallery, Participant Inc, Monkeytown and many other venues in New York, South America and europe. He has collaborated with Luke Dubois, Vito Acconci, Jonas Mekas, Bradley Eros, Andy Graydon, Nick Hallett, Matthew Ostrowski, Christine Bard, Alex Waterman, Patrick Hambrect, Marissa Olsen, Angie Eng, Adam Kendall, Chika Ijima, Tristan Perich and Ray Sweeten among many other artists, filmmakers, curators and musicians.

Zach is also the curator of Brooklyn’s monthly experimental music series, “Darmstadt: classics of the avant garde” which features leading local and international composers and improvisers, was co-curator of the 2007 PS1 summer Warm Up music series and is one of the directors of ISSUE Project Room. Zach has received grants from the Netherlands America Foundation, Turbulence and the Jerome Foundation and is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

The Hub – Boundary Layer
The Hub are one the first laptop ensembles with works dating back to 1986, this fascinating, consistent and varied three disk set brings together some of their first works right up to works from 2006. Along with a highly readable and informative 24 page booklet, live videos and more in-depth history on one of this disks, this really is a perfect emersion in their rich, strange, sometimes discordant, sometimes beautiful sonic world.

Peter Broderick – Float
Float is the solo debut album from 21 year old oregan based Pianist and muilt-instrumelist Peter Broderick & though he’s already recorded works with the likes of M Ward, Horse Feathers and Norfolk- this is his first solo ride and what a ride it is.

Gavin Bryars /Philip Jeck /Alter Ego – The Sinking of the Titanic
Gavin Bryar’s The Sinking of the Titanic is a work which was begun in 1969, and is continually evolving. The very concept of the piece explores the idea of sound as a never ending phenomena. Marconi, the inventor of the the wireless is tied to the Titanic disaster because the vessel contained one of the first wireless transmitters used for purposes of alerting surrounding vessels. Marconi theorised that sound, though it dissipates to levels beyond human hearing, reverberates forever. His ideal invention is thought to be a device which could pick up sound waves generated from centuries past.

Fecalove – Animal
Fecalove’s Erection was one of my favourite of last years noise releasers with its mix of jarring field recordings and inventive noise matter, Animal is a much more nasty, vicious and degrading affair. Where Erection was sleazy and sexlised, it was still fun, Animal is like dropping into the mind of a sexual deviate and swimming around for an hour or so- you climb out feeling dirty, disturbed and a little worn down- but still been impressed by his sonic flare and creativity.

AAJ Reviews

From AAJ:

15-Apr-08 Marilyn Crispell
Vignettes (ECM Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

15-Apr-08 Ketil Bjorstad / Terje Rypdal
Life in Leipzig (ECM Records)
Reviewed by Budd Kopman

15-Apr-08 Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Lil Tae Rides Again (Hyena Records)
Reviewed by James Taylor

14-Apr-08 Wayne Shorter
The Soothsayer (Blue Note Records)
Reviewed by Chris May

Firehouse 12 Presents Brötzmann and Bennink

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, April 18th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present two of the founding fathers of European free jazz, German saxophonist/clarinetist Peter Brötzmann and Dutch drummer Han Bennink. First heard together on such late-1960’s recordings as Brötzmann’s seminal Machine Gun (FMP), these frequent collaborators have been making music for more than 40 years and working as a duo since 1976. This two-set performance is part of a rare two-week American tour.

New on ReR Megacorp

From ReR Megacorp:

TICKMAYER, STEVAN: Cold Peace
A suite of fiendishly complex compositions for mixed real and virtual resources. Bob Drake, Djorge Delibasic, Pegja Milosavljevic and Chris Cutler make appearances – playing electric guitar, bass, drums and virtuoso violin between them, but mainly it is Stevan who plays all kinds of keyboards, strings, double bass, zither, samples and software. Three thoroughly through-composed and finely articulated pieces make up this very concentrated suite: Concerto Grosso for keyboards, string instruments and CPU , The Cold Peace Counterpoints and Five Bagatelles for a Polyhsitor. Those familiar with Tickmayer s earlier recordings, or the Science Group, will have some idea of what to expect – a rare commingling of high European art music Tickmayer studied with both György Kurtàg and Louis Andriessen , various East European folk musics, experimental rock, post rock and computer assisted electronic composition. These are intense, emotionally and philosophically driven pieces that demand attention, and reward it when given.

MAXYMENKO, MICHAEL: Businesscide
Michael, founder and brain behind the extraordinary Swedish post-Beefheartian group Kraljursastalten, and world-class ice-hockey player, here collects his extraordinary songbook including much of the two celebrated 70s releases by Kraljursastalten the Reptile Institution: Michael plus the telepathic twins Stefan and Thomas Agaton , with later recordings from his solo record and released and unreleased pieces with Henry Kaiser, John Drumbo French, Sten Standell, Andy West and others. Wild lurching swing complexity, ridiculous tempi, great rhythms, sudden mood changes, fine compositions and music that is always to the point: no fat, just coffee and cigarettes. Classic. Genre: Unpopular. Influences:
Anatolij Tarasov, chief-coach and master-trainer of the Soviet national Ice-hockey team 1958-1972, inventor of collective telepathy at high speed.

KODJBASHIA, NIKOLA: The Most of Now
An exquisite and subtle new composition by Macedonian composer Nikola Kodjbashaia exquisitely realised by a broad and mixed ensemble of exemplary – and mostly Macdonian – instrumentalists: a suite of highly imaginative variations on a theme that meanders purposively through an unusual – I d say unique – musical landscape in which reflections of everything from lounge music, Macedonian folk instrumentals, Byzantine church liturgy, contemporary orchestra composition and exotica rub shoulders without parody or embarrassment. Constantly mutating, constantly fascinating, this follows the path opened up in his first CD into a completely personal but accessible musical language. Subtle, complex, profane music, that is at the same time easy, even a joy, to listen to.

ALLEN, DAEVID, HUGH HOPPER, CHRIS CUTLER: BRAINVILLE 3: Trial by Headline
Three old hands out of Soft Machine, Gong and Henry Cow stretch already flexible musical material into one shape after another, then tie it in knots and generally have a fun with it. High quality recordings combined with seat-of-the-pants playing keep the tension high, underpinning a richly labile music, full of shape and colour that is constantly in motion. Compiled from recent concert recordings in Berlin, London and Tel Aviv, this clutch of extended songs should be to the taste of anyone familiar with the protagonists – or who longs to hear a little more straightforward instrumental playing in place of computers, heavy processing and sanitised post production. Brainville offers you tightrope walking, imagination, fast thinking, and a seasoned musicality: a social music, played by old friends, that blithely goes its own way.