An electronic / experimental music fest takes place in November in Portugal.

Moonjune Records has a new release out: Slivovitz’s Bani Ahead.

The performance of James Dillon’s Nine Rivers at the Miller Theater is reviewed.

A new book “Experimentalism Otherwise: The New York Avant-Garde and its Limits” by Benjamin Piekut is reviewed.

Weekend avant-garde performances at Ohio University are also reviewed.

Carl Testa is interviewed about the Uncertainty Music Series and more.

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September 19, 2011
The Necks, Roulette
Chris Abrahams Lloyd Swanton Tony Buck

September 18, 2011
Cosa Brava, Roulette
Carla Kihlstedt Fred Frith Matthias Bossi Shahzad Ismaily The Norman Conquest Zeena Parkins

September 16, 2011
ETHEL, Roulette
Cornelius Dufallo Dorothy Lawson Jennifer Choi Ralph Farris

September 16, 2011
Fred Frith & Shelley Hirsch, Roulette
Fred Frith

September 16, 2011
Marc Ribot‘s Film Noir Project, Roulette
Anthony Coleman Brad Jones Christina Courtin Christopher Hoffman Curtis Fowlkes Doug Wieselman John Mettam Marc Ribot Pico Alt

September 11, 2011
Defunkt Millenium, Le Poisson Rouge
Adam Klipple Jason Marshall Joe Bowie Kim Clarke Tobias Ralph

September 11, 2011
Joe McPhee Solo, Le Poisson Rouge
Joe McPhee

September 11, 2011
Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet, Le Poisson Rouge
Bill Lowe Jim Hobbs Mary Halvorson Michael Formanek Taylor Ho Bynum Tomas Fujiwara

September 11, 2011
Tyshawn Sorey ‘For Kathy Change’, Le Poisson Rouge
Ben Gerstein Kris Davis Okkyung Lee Terrence McManus Tyshawn Sorey

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AMN Reviews: Comfort Zone – Inverted Pendulum

Inverted Pendulum, the new download from Comfort Zone (a duo of Oz on Chapman Stick and Breeze Smith on drumkit, percussion and electronics), is an album-length excursion into the sonic possibilities of acoustic and electronically processed timbres. Overall, the release features the sometimes surrealistic sonic images of the Chapman Stick layered atop a foundation provided by Smith’s often urgent, rock-based pulse drumming. The duo, who met in a Los Angeles improvised music workshop, frequently work off of a programmatic theme of some sort, as reflected in the titles. The results are sound paintings of imagined events.

“Sleeping in” unfolds slowly into a chord progression that cycles through a series of variations, while “Lucid Dream” features atmospheric, reverb-treated Stick in suspended time. Cymbals add color as the drumkit provides pulses ranging from drifting to driving, underneath an ever-shifting cloud of chords. In “Evening on the Bridge of Sighs” ambient long tones drone in a slightly ominous, muted manner appropriate for the Venetian landmark the track’s title invokes. Similarly, “Audrey in Wanderland” layers energetic drumming under distorted diminished chords, evoking the disorientation of being lost in an unknown geography. The release culminates with “The Harbor,” an epic track of 20+ minutes with an emphasis on electronically-produced timbres shading sounds deployed as semi-independent events that gradually cohere into a dynamic buildup, which recedes in due time.

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Vomir – Maisonbruitarchive (cdr boxset)
Christopher McFall – The City of Almost
Larsen – Cool Cruel Mouth
Fatale – Pour Vous
Clams Casino – Rainforest EP
Dead Body Collection & Griz+zlor – Big Red One
Kulmhof – self Titled
Aube – Variable Ambit
Tenhornedbeast – Ten Horned Moses Descended The Mountain
Master Musicians of Bukkake – Totem Three
Venta Protesix – Painful Sexual Perversion
RU-486 – Iron Empire
Barn Owl & The Infinite Strings Ensemble – Headlands
Fabio Orsi – Wo Ist Behle?

Uncertainty Music Series Upcoming Concerts

From New Haven’s Uncertainty Music Series:

Thursday 22 September 2011
The Musical Singularity: Music for Computer-Controlled Pipe Organ
at Memorial Chapel Wesleyan University 221 High St Middletown, CT

Saturday 8 October 2011
The Generous Ensemble plus a set by Ben Klein and Marc Burns
at Never Ending Books 810 State St New Haven, CT

Saturday 12 November 2011
Music of Michael Winter, Brian Parks, others
at Never Ending Books 810 State St New Haven, CT

Saturday 10 December 2011
Music of Kamala Sankaram
at Never Ending Books 810 State St New Haven, CT

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