The Free Music Archive is a relatively new site dedicated to providing free music to all. As such, it is loaded with free downloads. Although I haven’t tried any out just yet, it does have an “experimental” section which is linked to here. Feel free to provide feedback if any of the downloads are particularly strong.
Udi Koomran writes about Shub Niggurath, an underrated band, and an old favorite of mine, as he works on remastering their earliest release.
Combining complex compositions intricate arrangements and passionate playing.the result is a fine balance of dark sometimes suffocating violent brutal massive passages with beautiful chilling melodies The line up consisted of drums, keyboards (mostly organ harmonium and piano), eerie classical inspired female vocals, and the 3 elements that made them sound so unique : Trombone the special ingredient that at times could add a lyrical voice to the melodies and on other parts sound abrasive dissonant and powerful. Add to that maybe the most brutal sounding distorted bass ever recorded ,and the burning,scorching unique sounding guitar tones produced by master of sonority and timbre Frank Fromy.
Experimental Melbourne is a blog focusing on, and promoting, off-the-beaten-path music in Melbourne Australia. They have an upcoming show:
The final night in our series of special events for May is a celebration of wooden woodwinds. Featuring some of Melbourne’s most daring and adventurous improvisers, expect to expand your ears and eyes with the sonic possibilities of this humble, instrumental family. Often dismissed as the sonic wallflower of the Orchestra, woodwinds have nevertheless remained the backbone of Classical Symphonic timbre because of their organic resonance and adaptability in complimenting the varied sound-worlds of the other orchestral sections. In the hands of these performers, the richness and flexibility of the genus will smack you in the brain, with a series of solos, duos, trios and other confabulations, where extended technique and improv virtuosity will reign.
* Jim Cuomo (clarinet) (USA)
* Sam Dunscome (clarinet)
* Martin Mackerras (clarinet)
* Natasha Anderson (contra bass recorder)
* Brigid Burke (bass clarinet)
* Tony Hicks (bass clarinet)
* Tim Pledger (clarinet)
* Tarquin Manek (clarinet)
* Aviva Endean (clarinet and bass clarinet)
* Chris Young (bass clarinet)
* Karen Heath (bass clarinet)
* Adam Simmons (contra bass clarinet)
* Joanne Cannon (bassoon)