Evan Woodle is of Seattle’s Table & Chairs label. In addition to being a member of that city’s Chemical Clock, he has now released Nth, a solo drum album. Coming in at 21 minutes, Nth is not an extensive piece time-wise, but manages to cover a broad swatch of percussiveness nonetheless.
The album’s single track begins with brushing, scraping, and striking rather than drumming, evocative of recent Andrew Drury works. But the intro soon transforms into a repetitive beat, and Woodle slowly evolves this base pattern over the next several minutes before breaking out into a more aggressive polyrhythmic motif. The remaining half of Nth provides even more in this regard, as he explores dynamics and tempos for various structures, often bass-heavy.
This is not what some would expect from a solo drum release. There are no heroics or showboating. Woodle is all about control, piling layers of relatively simple ideas on one another before stripping them off. The result is a compelling listen.
Source: I Care If You Listen, an interview with the collective thingNY prior to their performance last month.
Three years of work will unfold when the artist collective thingNY premieres their new opera This Takes Place Close By at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York, on Thursday, September 24, 2015. The work, inspired by traumatic events like hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, explores the fractured world that emerges in the wake of a devastating storm. We spoke with thingNY members Erin Rogers, Andrew Livingston, and Jeffrey Young, and stage director Ashley Tata to find out more.
Source: The Quietus on an experiemtnal music festival in Riga, Latvia.
Squarepusher, Peter Brötzmann, James Holden, and Zs more or less make up the headline acts, with Norway’s low key songstress Susanna Wallumrød thrown in for good measure, but it’s what happens on the fringes that really make this sort of festival. Curation is perhaps the defining art form of the modern era, and what with the popularity of experimental music, the fringes are getting pushed further and further to the side, so it’s no small task.
Source: Monk Mink Pink Punk:
— Interviews with modern dancer/choreographer Deborah Hay
and electro-acoustic composer Costis Drygianakis
— Pedantic yet hopefully useful reviews of
experimental/noise/free improvised/jazz/rock LPs and CDs
— Mail Art from people around the world
— A gallery of paintings by Chicago surrealist Gertrude
— A new feature: reviewing guitar effects pedals. This
issue, tremolo/vibrato/chorus/phaser pedals
— A critique of the writings of Rupert Sheldrake