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.
Magma – Triton Zünd Zėlėkt 1 (Kohnzert Zund disc 9) (2016)
Magma – Triton Zünd Zėlėkt 2 (Kohnzert Zund disc 10) (2016)
Magma – Alhambra I (Kohnzert Zund disc 11) (2016)
Magma – Alhambra II (Kohnzert Zund disc 12) (2016)
Space Sweeper – Alien Oceans (2016)
“Would you recognize the Rhine by its sound?” asks Lasse-Marc Riek. The river, that ever-flowing, every-changing artery, the thoroughfare of our landscapes, is a popular subject for field recordists. Perhaps because no two sound alike. Each breeds its own flora, fauna and civilization.
Cédric Peyronnet curated a whole series of recordings along the River Taurion by various artists in three-inch format, Flaming Pines its own from artists and rivers around the world. Annea Lockwood´s superb triple CD set A Sound Map of the Danube was painstakingly constructed after previously doing the same thing closer to home, along New York´s Hudson River. And those, excuse the near-pun, are merely a drop in the bucket.
As the title Von der Rheinquelle bis Hafen Karlsruhe makes clear, this stretch begins at 2,052 m elevation, literally at the source of the Rhine, and stops at selected locations scouted out and photographed by Thomas M. Siefert, all the way to Karlsruhe, capturing flow, burble, trickle, bird and machine song, and the chatter of the riverside dwellers and their children. The air grows cool and darkles, The Rhine flows calmly on (Heinrich Heine). The next installment will take us all the way to Rotterdam.
Riek further wonders if we can still foster a creative, indeed mutually beneficial relationship “without lapsing back into modes of romanticism, when witnessing its remaining beauty in some rare places; without turning away in frustration and disillusionment, when confronted with the irreparable interventions it has undergone.” Though your present reviewer does not recognize the Rhine by its sound, he does know a good, mutually beneficial thing when he hears it.
The Kronos Quartet‘s recent San Francisco performance is reviewed.
Contemporaneous, a modern classical ensemble, is reviewed after a recent New York performance.
Continuing with the reviews, So Percussion and Glenn Kotche in New York are covered.
Saxophonists Ogni Suono are profiled, and their southern California performance is reviewed.
The Cold Spring Records label is releasing a new Merzbow recording.
The Robert D, Bielecki Foundation has awarded a $10,000 Executive Producer Grant for Pauline Oliveros and a $3,000 Grant for Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock.
Source: Blog Chitarra e Dintorni Nuove Musiche.
I started composing the music for Resolute back in 2012. Originally it was to be a full-length release using a similar instrumentation throughout; electric guitar, electric bass, piano, voice and percussion. After 5 tracks I felt the amount of music worked together well enough, so I decided to release it as an EP. I’m accustomed to releasing full-length albums, so this turned out to be a welcome change of pace for me. I would like to offer special thanks to Bruce Hamilton of Spectropol Records for including it on his label.