On “Remaining Sounds”, Grzegorz Bojanek toys with the idea of making music out of what music leaves behind. Starting each acoustic experiment with a single source, like the two notes being urged reluctantly from a throat of a clarient, he massages it, scrubs it with vinyl pumice, and bathes some of the results in reverb while others are left to hang dry and exposed.
The sum-total is a portfolio of complimentary colours, the common theme of combining contrasts readily apparent and easy to access, the aesthetic experience warm indeed, all cozily embedded in tape hiss off an old Sony reel-to-reel. In its best moments, a kind of pure, textural bliss is achieved. At other times, that bliss is undermined by fiddling around with small, kitchen-sink sounds in the background, or approaching the sound source too literally, as the single string plucked on “Rewind” threatens to break out into a carillon of bells, breaking the spell. The recourse to one particular sound source is just distressing, when human breath is hard to catch on the track which bears roughly that name; the addition of short-circuiting electronics only helps to make it sound more like torture than nurture.
However, a truly happy marriage of melody and phonography is achieved on “Remaining Motionless”, whose gentle guitar ruminations echo softly through a Zen garden of flagstones, crickets and rain just a few inches away, constructed, it eventually becomes apparent, out of vinyl run-on.
Kevin Belli has made a short film about three of Craig Colorusso’s pieces: Sun Boxes, Cubemusic, and MB 89. The film will be premiering at The Camden International Film Festival on September 30th at The Strand Theater in Camden Maine.
James Ilgenfritz: Compositions (Braxton) 2011 CD Release Concert takes place Friday October 19, 2012 at Brooklyn Conservatory, 58 7th Ave in Park Slope. Please come help James Ilgenfritz celebrate the release of his debut solo bass recording, Compositions (Braxton) 2011, featuring imaginative solo interpretations of numerous compositions by innovative composer and improviser Anthony Braxton. From classic quartet pieces to trumpet cadenzas, Ghost Trance Music, orchestral parts, Pulse Tracks, Language Musics, and much more, the record integrates disparate aspects of Mr Braxton’s distinctive compositional language in the context of an equally distinctive approach to the contrabass.
Drainolith + Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) + The Knot + Babel Holy Oak Café in Toronto, Ontario, on September 26.
On Saturday, September 15th, 9:00pm, The Orion LiveMusic Showcases at Orion Studios, 2903 Whittington Ave., Baltimore, 21230 present Mike Keneally & Rick Musallam performing Wing Beat Fantastic and other Keneally songs.
ANTHONY BRAXTON / Syntactical GTM Choir (NYC) 2011 (New Braxton House) GENTLE GIANT / The Missing Piece (DRT)
SH.TG.N / SH.TG.N (Moonjune) BEHOLD… THE ARCTOPUS / Skullgrid (Black Market Activities)
ONE MAN NATION & MACHINEFABRIEK / One Man Nation & Machinefabriek (The Unified Field)
300 BASSES / Sei Ritornelli (Potlatch)
OFFERING / Afïïèh (Seventh)
JOEY NEGRO AND THE SUNBURST BAND / The Secret Life of Us (Z Records – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
BEARDFISH / The Void (Inside Out)
STREIFENJUNKO / Sval torv (Sofa)
STIAN WESTERHUS / The Matriarch and the Wrong Kind of Flowers (Rune Grammofon – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
SIDSEL ENDRESEN & STIAN WESTERHUS / Didymoi Dreams (Rune Grammofon – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
OFFERING / Offering III-IV (Seventh)
DEAD WESTERN / Everything, Eternally (Discorporate Records – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
STEVE RODEN & MACHINEFABRIEK / Lichtung (Eat, Sleep, Repeat)
NICK EDWARDS / Plekzationz (editions Mego – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
TUNJI OYELANA / A Nigerian Retrospective: 1966-79 (Soundway – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
OFFERING / Offering I-II (Seventh Records)
PRAEZISA RAPID 3000 / 314159265 (Noble – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
STAER / Staer (Discorporate – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion) STORMY SIX / Macchina Maccheronica (Warner Music Italia)
STORMY SIX / Al Volo (Warner Music Italia)