Interview with Reto Mäder

From Burning Ambulance:

Reto Mäder is a Swiss electronic/electro-acoustic musician who records under several names and in several groups, including Ural Umbo (sometimes Vral Vmbo), Sum of R, and RM74. A lot of his work has come out on the Utech label, and the music’s ominous beauty is matched by its dark, enigmatic artwork and deluxe packaging. His latest release, RM74’s Two Angles of a Triangle, is a two-CD set containing 73 minutes of music, so clearly it’s divided into two sections for aesthetic reasons, not because it would have overshot a single disc’s running time.

The music is difficult to categorize. It contains conventional instruments (piano, bass) played, recorded and mixed in unconventional ways: ultra-close miking and various methods of computer-based processing after the fact are used to warp and layer the sounds until they become abstract and atmospheric. The finished pieces sometimes recall Robert Hampson’s work with Main, other times feel kin to 20th and 21st Century avant-garde composition, and at still other times lean in the direction of the dark ambient music that has soundtracked many modern horror films and horror-themed video games.

Newsbits: Antheil in Nashville / Planetarium in Brooklyn / Xenakis in Florida / Vandermark and Gustafsson in Chicago

Picture of the composer, George Antheil

VORTEX Percussion performs George Antheil’s “Ballet mécanique” featuring 8 Robotic Pianos, April 7th at Blair School of Music in Nashville.

The recent Planetarium performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, featuring Sufjan Stevens, is reviewed.

Saturday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. at the University of Central Florida Reflecting Pond, two percussion sextets by Iannis Xenakis (Persephassa and Peaux from Pléïades), featuring members of the UCF Percussion Ensemble, will take place.

The Chicago Reader reviews the recent ad-hoc duet between Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson.

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Bing And Ruth, Joshua Van Tassel, Tim Cr – Backward Music Vol.1
Steve Roden – Berlin Fields
Gribberiket – Knefall
Mika Vainio – Fe3O4 – Magnetite
Cut Hands – Black Mamba
Aidan Baker – Already Drowning
Gnod – Chaudelande
Aki Onda – Cassette Memories-Volume 3: South Of The Border
Nightmare Castle – Bathory
Carrion Black Pit – The Iron Man
The Rita – Eyeliner Into Nylon Back Seam
Rotten Sound – Species at War
Dead Body Collection/ Clive Henry – I Will Never Forget Her / VI
Museo Della Tortura + Nascitari – Worms Ritual Dance

AMN Picks of the Week: Irabagon / Moses / Triangular Ascension / Havan / Lamia Vox

English: Jon Irabagon, moers festival 2009
English: Jon Irabagon, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Jon Irabagon – Absolut Zero (2013)
Rakalam Bob Moses – Universal Folk Song (2012)
Triangular Ascension – The Chronos Anomaly (2013)
Havan – Yajna (2013)
Lamia Vox – Sigillum Diaboli (2013)