AMN Picks of the Week: Dominique Leone / Riggs and Testa / Hijokaidan / Carlo Costa / Robert Scott Thompson / Maximalistica

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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.

Dominique Leone – San Francisco (2015)
Christopher Riggs / Carl Testa – Sn (2015)
Hijokaidan – Emergency Stairway To Heaven (2015)
Carlo Costa – Strata (2015)
Robert Scott Thompson – Pale Blue Dot (2015)
Maximalistica – The Clash of the Titans (2015)

National Electronics Museum Electronica Fest 2015 in DC

The National Electronics Museum’s Electronica Fest 2015 will be held on Saturday, November 14 from 11:30am to 9:30pm. Come out for a day of knob twisting, pitch bending, wiring mazes, sound shaping & visual explosion, with sixteen of the DC area’s most exciting experimental electronic artists including Tag Cloud,Chester Hawkins, Rupert Chappelle, Kevsab, Praxiscat, Spooky Action, Bourdon (Curt & Dani Seiss), Akousma (Daniel Barbiero & Dave Vosh), Safe Creations (Dave Vosh & Ken Moore) and more.

Date:     Saturday, November 14, 2015

Time:     11:30am-9:30pm

Tickets:  $10 all day w/ re-entry

Location: National Electronics Museum
1745 West Nursery Road
Linthicum, Maryland 21090

Phone:    410-765-0230

Vital Weekly Reviews 1006

logo2Source: Vital Weekly.

Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer – Twine (Cd by 12k) *
Powertrio – Di Lontan (Cd by Shhpuma) *
Deison &Amp; Favaron – Nearly Invisible (Cd by 13/silentes) *
Celer & Machinefabriek – Compendium (Cd by Irrational Arts) *
Tim O’dwyer – Hysteresis (Cd by Ujikaji Records) *
Pan Gu – the People Are Panthers (Cassette by Ujikaji Records)
Phillip Schulze – Ambassador Duos (2lp/cd by Apparent Extent Records) *
Jonas Olesen – Test (Lp by Bin)
Moljebka Pvlse – in Love and Death You Are Alone (10″ by Sustantia Innominata)
Chron Turbine/violent Bullshit (Split 7″ by Peterwalkee Records)
Cages – Complaint and Riots We Should Leave to Cats (Cassette by Peterwalkee Records)
Gaspar Claus & Matthieu Prual – Live at LA Bascule (Cdr by Orila) *
Magic Moments at Twilight Time – Flashbax Ω Ultimate (Cdr by Klappstuhl) *
L’incoronazione (Cassette Compilation by Hyster Tapes)
Gary Rouzer & Anne-f Jacques – Deplacement Rendez-vous (Cassette by Crustacés Tapes)
Ben Owen – Birds and Water, 2 & 3 (for Cassette) (Cassette by Winds Measure Recordings)
S.a.s.w. – Fine Pattern (Cassette by Winds Measure Recordings)
Rafael Toral – Space Collective 2 Live (Cassette by Notice Records)
Loren Chasse – the Sodden Floor (Cassette by Notice Records)
Aas – Balancing Ritual (Cassette by Holectics Research Recordings)
Sublyme Diagonal – Geoid (Cassette by Tanuki Records)

Igloo Magazine Reviews

Source: Igloo Magazine.

Stefan Christoff & Post Mortem :: Tape Crash #12 (Old Bicycle)
Chihei Hatakeyama & Federico Durand :: Magical Imaginary Child (White Paddy Mountain)
Pleq & Giulio Aldinucci :: The Prelude To (The Long Story Recording Company)
Markus Mehr :: In The Palm of Your Hand (The Remix EP) (Hidden Shoal)
Mikaël Delta & Hior Chronik :: The First Ray (Sun Sea Sky)

AMN Reviews: Heather Leigh – I Abused Animal (Editions Mego / Ideologic Organ, 2015)

SOMA023cvrB-350x350By Dan Coffey

Heather Leigh’s new album is a progression in sound and intensity, showcasing first her vocal talent before gradually letting loose with the extreme noise coming from her amplified pedal steel guitar that she’s perhaps most famous for. This album is her most song-based, lyrically oriented album to date. She’s had a smattering of solo albums over the years, as well as having worked with Charalambides and Christina Carter (in the duo known as Scorces), and featured in the bands Taurpis Tula and Jailbreak.

The album opens with the title track, a gently sung folk tune with eerie backing vocals, despite the disturbing title.  “Quicksand,” the album’s second of six tracks, consists of a slightly more powerful vocal and introduces her guitar work in a fashion that’s raw but still comparatively tender. This builds up to the third track, “All That Heaven Allows,” a sonic workout that pushes the pedal steel beyond where the listener expects it to go. It’s slightly reminiscent of Zeena Parkins’ amplified harp playing on her album No Way Back, but with even less restraint.

By way of respite, “Passionate Reluctance” brings Leigh back to folkish, gentle singing, and the closer, “Fairfield Fantasy,” eschews the extreme noise for a more expressive style of playing that, with its woozy tonal shifts, is pleasantly disorienting.

This album marks a break from the side-long noise workouts Leigh is known for, both solo and with her dueling partner, drummer Chris Corsano, in Jailbreak, as well as a split from the experimental all-vocal album Cuatro. It shows significant growth and confidence as a songwriter, and, while the earlier material is definitely worth either checking out or returning to, I Abused Animal is a step in an exciting direction.

The University of Maine at Farmington Sound Forum, Nov. 18-21 

Photo of Pauline at a dinner/concert in Oakland

Source: Central Maine.

Composers, performers, artists and innovators, Pauline Oliveros and Annea Lockwood will offer a series of University of Maine at Farmington Sound Forum events Nov. 18-21. The free series will reveal how sound, silence and noise shape the aural landscape of our lives, according to a news release from UMF.

Wednesday, Nov. 18: A panel discussion on sound at 11:45 a.m. in the Performance Space in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center will feature Oliveros, Lockwood, N. B. Aldrich, a new media artist and educator; and Gustavo Aguilar, composer and associate professor of experimental performance at UMF. The panel will be moderated by Steven Pane, UMF professor of music.

Nov. 18-21: Lockwood will present her sound art exhibit, “A Sound Map of the Danube,” at 3:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Flex Gallery in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center. Recorded more than three years and five trips to Europe, this soundscape traces the second longest European river’s run from the Black Forest in Germany to its delta into the Black Sea.

Thursday, Nov. 19: A “Deep Listening,” workshop by Oliveros, is set for 7 p.m. in the Performance Space in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center.

Tampere Jazz Reviewed

Source: Jazz Journal.

Tampere’s programme always focuses on the contemporary (although some of the names may have been around a while) and after the Young Nordic Jazz Comets (one up and coming unit each from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) were showcased on the Thursday, the programme proper kicked off on the Friday in suitably challenging fashion with Sweden’s Mats/Morgan Band. Zappa-influenced keyboards and drums with added bass and electronics, it was confounding and exhilarating in equal measure with labyrinthine compositions delivered with relentlessly high energy – a great start to a long Friday night.