AMN Best of 2012 (So Far)

Gerry Hemingway, moers festival 2007

We are nearly half-way through 2012, and therefore it is a good time to revisit some of the best releases that have come to my attention so far this year. Of course it is important to keep in mind that there are plenty of releases I’ve yet to hear, so this list is far from comprehensive.

The best so far:

Nooumena – Argument with Eagerness
Anduin – Stolen Years
Vincent Bergeron (Vincent Berger Rond) – Elle avait raison Hathor
Bob Drake – Bob’s Drive In
Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up – The Air is Different
Mary Halvorson Quintet – Bending Bridges
Vijay Iyer – Accelerando
Mulm – The End of Greatness
Aaron Novik – Secret of Secrets
Pail Bug (Eichmann, Weins, Hughes, Arnal) – Pail Bug
Positive Catastrophe – Dibrujo, Dibrujo, Dibrujo…
Matthew Shipp Trio – Elastic Aspects
Henry Threadgill Zooid – Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp
Gebhard Ullmann / BassX3 – Transatlantic
Wrack / Kyle Bruckmann – Cracked Refraction

Honorable mentions:

Arcana – As Bright as a Thousand Suns
Arcana – Emerald (EP)
Atrium Carceri – Reliquiae
Aych (Hobbs / Halvorson / Bynum) – As the Crow Flies
Ballister – Mechanisms
Albert Beger / Gerry Hemingway – There’s Nothing Better To Do
Bilbao Syndrome – I-VI
Blink – Twice
Catatumbo – Catatumbo
Centrozoon – Boner (Marziano Fontana Version)
Neneh Cherry / The Thing – The Cherry Thing
Chicago Underground Duo – Age of Energy
Clarinet Trio (G.Ullmann, J.Kupke, M.Thieke) – 4
Cosa Brava – The Letter
Data Garden – Quartet: Live at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Desiderii Marginis – Procession
Mario Diaz de Leon – Hypnos
Harris Eisenstadt – Canada Day III
Ergo – If Not Inertia
Ethel – Heavy
The Floating World – The Apparition
Gannets – Transmissions of Not
Charles Gayle – Streets
Devin Gray – Dirigo Rataplan
Gunnelpumpers – Tritonium
Rich Halley 4 – Back from Beyond
Ross Hammond – Adored
Marc Hannaford – Ordinary Madness
Heldentod – The Ghost Machine
Gustaf Hildebrand – Heliopause
Lars Hollmer – With Floury Hand (sketches)
The Home of Easy Credit – The Home of Easy Credit
Imbogodom – And They Turned Not When They Went
Jack Dupon – Bascule a Vif
Janel & Anthony – Where Is Home
Eyvind Kang – The Narrow Garden
Kayo Dot – Gamma Knife
King Tears Bat Trip – King Tears Bat Trip
Yoni Kretzmer / 2Bass Quartet – Weight
Clint Listing – In the Minds of Madness
Locrian & Mamiffer – Bless Them That Curse You
Jessica Lurie Ensemble – Megaphone Heart
Man Forever – Pansophical Cataract
Szilárd Mezei Vocal Ensemble – Fújj Szél, Zenta, Visszhangozz Szél
Nichelodeon – NO
Juan Antonio Nieto – The Voice Inside
Mike Noordzy Quintet – Dream-Ee-Chi-Wah
Number None – Strategies Against Agriculture
Outhouse & Hilmar Jensson – Straw, Sticks + Bricks
Pixel – Reminder
PRCHR – PRCHR Familiar Music 1
Abbey Rader – Live at PAX
Raison d’Etre – When the Earth Dissolves in Ashes: Live 2010-2011
Dennis Rea / Wally Shoup / Tom Zgonc – Subduction Zone
The Research Institute – Taktspuren
Rent Romus / Lords of the Outland – The Cloudknitter Suite
Seven Nines and Tens – Habitat 67
A Short Term Effect – Furs and Masks (EP)
Shrine – Somnia
Sky Thing – Garbage Strike
Ches Smith / Congs for Brums – Psycho Predictions
Wadada Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers
Stretch Orchestra – Stretch Orchestra
Thollem / Parker / Cline – The Gowanus Session
Ben Tyree – Thoughtform Variations
Various Artists – Lost in the Humming Air (Music Inspired by Harold Budd)
Brad Walker – Redrawblak (Solo)
Brad Walker / Simon Lott – Redrawblak
Andrew Weathers / Ensemble Guilford – County Songs
Chris Welcome – Electronic Music 2002-2011
Witxes – Winter Light Burns (EP)



June 22, 2012
Alejandro Florez Tin Throat Ensemble, IBeam
Alejandro Florez Andrew Drury Ben Stapp Dan Blake Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen Ricardo Gallo Tom Blancarte

June 22, 2012
Ricardo Gallo & Alejandro Florez Duo, IBeam
Alejandro Florez Ricardo Gallo

June 21, 2012
Areni Agbabian & Jesske Hume Duo with Tatsuya Nakatani, Vaudeville Park
Areni Agbabian Jesske Hume Tatsuya Nakatani

June 21, 2012
Fester, Vaudeville Park
David Grollman Sean Ali

June 21, 2012
Violatwoviola, Vaudeville Park
Cyprien Busolini Frantz Loriot

June 21, 2012
Wanderlust, Vaudeville Park
Darius Jones Pascal Niggenkemper Tatsuya Nakatani

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Ikodora ’65 – De Eerste Steen
Hoggle – The Entrance
Rella the Woodcutter – The Golden Undertow
Marcus Fischer – Collected Dust
Sachiko – Anro
Michael Barthel – noch mehr höhlen
Incapacitants – Mon, Ma? Mon!!!
Napalm Death – From Enslavement To Obliteration
The Boats – Ballads of the Research Department
A Guide for Reason – I – VI
Alio Die – Deconsecrated and Pure
Graveland – Necromanteion

Zappanale 2012 – August 1-4

Gary Lucas
Gary Lucas (Photo credit:

The progrma for this year’s Zappanale is out.

Wednesday – August 1st, 2012

Gary Lucas Symposium & Ben Watson
Karol Schwarz All Stars
Ya Hozna
The Yellow Snow Chrystels
Sandro Oliva

Thursday- August 2nd, 2012

Co de Kloet
Peach Noise
Just another Band
George Duke & Jean-Luc Ponty Band
Quantum Fantay

Friday – August 3rd, 2012

Jim Cohen
Humble Gumble
Gary Lucas
Dead Dino Storage
Seth Feargolzia
Fast’n Bulbours with Gary Lucas
Die Reise-Projekt
Mother Hips & Scott Thunes
Das Simple

Saturday – August 4th, 2012

Dr.Dark & Gary Lucas
Bogus Pomp
Jazzprojekt Hundehagen
De Wolff
Herr Blum
Fried Dähn & The Yellow String Quartet

Baltimore Electronic Music 2012 Summerfest Concert

From BaltimoreSDIYGroup:

This Electronic Music/Experimental Music/Electro-Acoustic Music event, herein known as the BALTIMORE ELECTRONIC MUSIC 2012 SUMMERFEST CONCERT, is being sponsored by the Baltimore SDIY Group & Friends. Please come out & join us for a really fantastic night of knob twisting, pitch bending, wiring mazes, sound shaping & visual explosions that will coincide with an absolutely awesome musical voyage into another galaxy of sound alterations.

This concert will consist of 4 performance sets of our standard electronic music, then 4 continuous performance sets of our newly incorporated electronic dance music. Check out the performance schedule & list of performers below.

This event is also listed on the EVENT page of the Baltimore SDIY Group’s FACEBOOK website at

Event Date & Times: June 28th 2012 (Thursday) 8:00pm to 12:30am
Event Location: The Windup Space ( 12 W. North Avenue Baltimore MD 21201 410-244-8855
Event’s Entrance Fee: $5.00 per person

Current Lineup of Performing Artists as of 06/15/2012:

Electronic Music Performers

1. 8:00pm – 8:30pm: Julius Bucsis “DrDistorto”

2. 8:45pm – 9:15pm: Jeff Bagato & Richard Sheehe “Mercury Fools the Alchemist”

3. 9:30pm – 10:00pm: John Sullivan, Ed Baldi, Jeremy Berlin & Colin Barnhill “The Duc D’Angelos”

4. 10:00pm – 10:30pm: Andre Cholmondeley of Project Object (Frank Zappa tribute music band guitarist), &
w/special guest Logan Mitchell Sr “Synth Tech Project”

Setola di Maiale Releases

Setola di Maiale is an Italian experiemtnal lable with a lot of releases. I’ve not heard any of these, but the descriptions look promising.


DIALVOGUE (Andrea Bolzoni / Daniele Frati)

LIFE IS KNIFE (Audrey Lauro / Isabelle Sainte-Rose) // SYSTERS (Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg / Audrey Lauro)

QUATERMASS (Ross De Iulio / Roberto Del Piano / Massimo Falascone / Stefano Delù / Angelo Contini / Fabio Biolcati / Guido Mazzon / Stefano Bartolini)
QUATERMASS 1984-1986

ELLEFFEDI (Claudio Lodati / Antonio Fontana / Tommaso deTesta)

TAG TRIO (Yoko Miura / Jean Demey / Ove Volquartz)




MAGIMC (Edoardo Marraffa / Thollem McDonas / Stefano Giust)