AMN Reviews: Ernesto Rodrigues – Lisboa

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This Creative Sources release offers a piquant blend of strings, percussion and electronics in a texture-driven assemblage of sound.

The five tracks presented here bring together Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Lisa Ullen on piano, D’Incise on laptop and objects, and Cyril Bondi on bass drum and objects. The focus is on sound-as-such as it arises from the collective blend of all five musicians, rather than on individual instrumental voices. At any given time high- and low-frequency drones overlap with dissonant long tones on the strings; slow piano chords emerge half-veiled from behind a hollow curtain of metallic sound; rattling metal punctuates the quiet thrum of an electronic foundation. The sound takes on an almost autonomous quality relative to its sources; one can enjoy listening in a state that brackets out external associations in favor of an immersion in the pure physicality of the subtle changes in dynamics and timbre.

20130511 Editions Mego Event at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK

Editions Mego
Editions Mego (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Editions Mego:

20130511 Editions Mego is the largest live assemblage of the Editions Mego aesthetic to date. Presented at the astonishing De La Warr Pavilion (one of the first major modernist buildings in Britain, located on the East Sussex coast and built in 1935), this is an event that will showcase generations of electronic music practice whilst remaining suitably restless to sit within a quantifiable form.

The day event will consist of 2 rooms of the ultimate exploratory, up to the minute electronic music.

The GRM room
Having taken on the noble task of re-issuing the holy grail of the 20th Century abstract electronic music canon from the archives of the legendary French electronic studios, the INA-GRM, there will be a room dedicated to the GRM with ‘surround sound’ presentations of works both historical and contemporary. Legendary works by the French scientists/poets/maniacs will be represented by diffusion of works by Luc Ferrari and Bernard Parmegiani. Another diffusion will be the premiere of a new work by Hecker who has in the years since his initial published work on Mego established himself in multiple disciplines including computer music, psychoacoustics, installation art and philosophy (often within the same work). Kassel Jaeger will represent the GRM in it’s latest incarnation being a sound engineer who also makes complex works of unsettling beauty. Robert Hampson (He once of Loop and The Man behind Main) has worked with the GRM having had the piece ‘Répercussions’ commissioned for playback on the Acousmonium speaker system in 2011. Both Jaeger and Hampson will present their works in person.

The Live Room
The Live Room will play host to all manner of sonic exploration. Ranging from classic Editions Mego brethren such as the ubiquitous hellraiser Russell Haswell who will undertake a fierce sensory shifting set along with the original abstract/melodic master Fennesz who returns to the home that unleashed him upon an unsuspecting world so many moons ago. New additions to the roster will make a showcase of their talents including Austrian audio/visual artist Billy Roisz and legendary ambient producer Mark Van Hoen performing under his Locust guise. The absolute master of exquisite chaos, Kevin Drumm is destined to be a highlight as is an appearance by the dedicated grand master of the UK underground, Mr Bruce Gilbert. Finally, post techno’s most lucid practitioner, Mark Fell will assure an evening of unforgettable sonic arsenal with his unique take on theory, chaos and reconstructed rave gestures. Mark will also be setting up a sound and strobe light installation elsewhere in the building.

Mat Steel & Bill Kouligas will be making a DJ sets in the bar.

All ticket holders get a free CD compilation with exclusive tracks by everyone involved. This will not go into distribution, and full track listing to be announce end of March.

Tickets will be available from the De La Warr site shortly.

Live Room

14:00 Billy Roisz
15:00 Bruce Gilbert
16:00 Locust
17:00 Russell Haswell
18:00 Mark Fell
19:00 Kevin Drumm
20:00 Fennesz

GRM Room

15:30 Kassel Jaeger
16:30 Bernard Parmegiani: De Natura Sonorum
17:30 Robert Hampson
19:30 Hecker
20:30 Luc Ferrari: Presque Rien

Sofia Gubaidulina in Composer Portraits at the Miller Theater Reviewed

English: Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina in...
English: Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina in Sortavala (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Christian Knapp conducted the International Contemporary Ensemble in several of Ms. Gubaidulina’s works on Saturday evening at the Miller Theater as part of the Composer Portraits series. Ms. Gubaidulina, who immigrated to Germany in 1992, often writes for unusual combinations of instruments and for specific musicians. She composed “In Tempus Praesens,” one of her most alluring works, for the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Land – Night Within
Overhang Party – Complete Studio Recordings
Wastelanders – Cosmic Despair
Tomorrow I’ll Shoot Myself in the Mouth – Sunday
Clay – Reign Of Bombs
Lena Hughes – Queen of the Flat Top Guitar
Vomir – Processing The Wall
The Prowler – Self Titled
Boduf Songs – Burnt Up on Re-Entry
Celer – Without Retrospect, the Morning
Cory Strand – Cultural Subordination
Crown Of Bone – Throne of Cacophony
Necronom IV – Becoming