AMN Reviews: Mikel R. Nieto – Dark Sound (Gruenrekorder)

dark_sound_cover“The only political issue that matters is climate change,” according to American writer Michael Tolkin. “Everything else is midrash.” Mikel R. Nieto is a Spanish artist/researcher from Basque country and co-editor of the sound art web portal mediateletipos. With his piece Dark Sound, he attempts to heal the world in a fashion far more oblique than any Talmudic exegesis.

For Dark Sound is a 176-page hardback book containing nearly illegible texts printed in a shade of black just barely this side of pitch, which is the color of the pages, as if it had been dipped in the effluence of the Exxon Valdez. Within are essays and letters in Huao (language of the Huaorani of Ecuador), Basque, Spanish and English. Thus for the average individual the book is unreadable, even if he or she were fluent in one or two of the languages and read the book in strong sunlight, as the author recommends. A shame, really (though probably the point), since it claims to include “Ecopolitik, an introduction as an epilogue” by José Luis Espejo (the one who writes about the secret Hermetic codes of Leonardo da Vinci? Impossible to tell, there´s a million of ´em on Facebook), maps and photos and a bulging archive of research papers, reports, facsimiles and testimonies of the clearly excessive, if not downright genocidal, ravages of the oil industry in Ecuador.

The unreadable word as statement? In the great scheme of things, everything we write is eventually erased. Might as well begin as the universe intends us to finish. Fortunately, there is a black polycarbonate CD affixed to the inside back cover that the disc player has no trouble reading, containing a continuous flow of field recordings made in Huoarani country, contrasting the natural environment and its birdsong, wildlife and weather with the heavy metal clankings and drillings of the oil industry laying waste to the former.

The price of Dark Sound is “set by the crude oil Brent price” on the day of purchase (pretty low on the day of writing, so act fast) and, just to prick your social conscience one last time, Nieto reminds the presumptive consumer that “[b]y buying this book you are contributing to the destruction of the planet”. Well, nobody said saving the world was going to be easy.

Stephen Fruitman

Chicago Scene: August 6-10, 2016

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, August 6th 2016

6:30PM in Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S Wabash
A Tribute to Malachi Thompson
directed by Steve Berry

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
King of Dahomey : Ayana Contreras, David Boykin

Sunday, August 7th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($5)
Bitchin Bajas and Friends — Terry Riley’s In C

Monday, August 8th 2016

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$5)
Chris Corsano Solo

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Figment : Bill MacKay, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, Julian Kirshner
Will Greene, Albert Wildeman, Tim Daisy

Tuesday, August 9th 2016

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Corey Wilkes

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Colin Stetson, Sarah Neufeld
Health&Beauty : Brian Sulpizio, Ben Boye, Frank Rosaly

Wednesday, August 10th 2016

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($5)
Tashi Dorji
Charles Joseph Smith
A + E

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Upcoming Detroit Shows

Source: Detroit’s Trinosophes.

Saturday, Aug.6: Viands, Noise Lab X, Oluyemi Thomas

Two newer Detroit groups, Viands and Noise Lab X, bring you a night of modular madness, polychromatic minimalism and other favorite atmospheres of the retro-electronic set. Rounding out the show is a solo set by bass clarinetist and improvisor Oluyemi Thomas, best known for his work with Cecil Taylor, Roscoe Mitchell and William Parker,

Wednesday, 10: Ancestral Duo, Dave Shettler

Ancestral Duo is the collaboration of multi-instrumentalists Jamal Moore and Luke Stewart. The two channel the spirit of Ancestry through structured improvisation in unique electro-acoustic meditations that aim to offer a connection to the past, using the power of the present, looking toward the future.

Coming Soon

9/4: Alex Harding hosts post-Jazz Festival jam session

9/6: James Harrar’s Cinema Soloriens featuring Marshall Allen

New Music Circle’s 2016-17 Season Announced

Source: St. Louis’s New Music Circle.

Kris Davis & Craig Taborn Duo
Saturday, October 1st, 2016
The 560 Music Center

Craig Taborn (piano), Kris Davis (piano)
(Concert will take place on the stage at E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall)
*This concert will be professionally recorded for a cd release, documenting the Taborn/Davis fall tour.

Sylvaine Hélary’s Spring Roll Quartet
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
The Stage at KDHX

Sylvaine Helary (flute/compositions), Antonin Rayon (piano/MS-20 synthesizer), Hugues Mayot (saxophone/clarinet), Sylvain Lemètre (vibraphone/percussion)

Jen Shyu
Friday, November 11th, 2016
The Kranzberg

Jen Shyu performs Solo Rites: Seven Breaths (voice, multiple instruments, and performance)

Tomeka Reid, Mike Reed, Nicole Mitchell Trio
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Joe’s Cafe

Tomeka Reid (cello), Nicole Mitchell (flute), Mike Reed (drums)

Iva Bittová and Hamid Drake Duo
Saturday, January 21st, 2017
Joe’s Cafe

Iva Bittová (voice/violin), Hamid Drake (percussion/drums/voice)

Ikue Mori and Nate Wooley
Saturday, February 18th, 2017
The Luminary

Ikue Mori (electronics/computer), Nate Wooley (trumpet/electronics)

Erik Friedlander’s Black Phoebe Trio
Thursday, March 16th, 2017
The Stage at KDHX

Erik Freidlander (cello/compositions), Shoka Nagai (piano, accordion, electronics), Satoshi Takeishi (drums)

Tomas Fujiwara’s The Hook Up
April 28th or 29th, 2017
The Stage at KDHX

Tomas Fujiwara (drums/compositions), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Brian Settles (saxophone), Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Michael Formanek (upright bass)

58th Season Kickoff & Fundraiser
Please support New Music Circle’s upcoming 58th season by joining us for an evening of drinks and DJ’s on Wednesday, August 3rd (7:00pm – 9:30pm) at Tick Tock Tavern (3459 Magnolia Ave Saint Louis, MO 63118) located in Tower Grove East.

Chris Corsano in Chicago Previewed

Source: Chicago Reader.

Drummer Chris Corsano has plenty of steady partnerships, whether it’s in his various groupings with the fire-breathing western Massachusetts saxophonist Paul Flaherty, the Arabic-infused free-rock trio Rangda, or Vampire Belt, his splattery noise project with guitarist Bill Nace. But in a broader sense I think of him as a free agent, an improviser who ignores all boundaries and limitations and seems game for any challenge—playing and touring with Bjork or going head-to-head with the legendary British saxophonist Evan Parker. He’s a busy guy who crisscrosses the country—and the world, really—with consistent gigs in countless contexts. On Monday he rolls into town for a solo performance as part of ESS’s Option series, followed by a conversation with fellow percussionist Tim Daisy about his work.

Olivia Block Interview

Source: ashbysounds.

Olivia Block is a composer and sound artist based in Chicago, IL. Her work centers on electroacoustic composition focused on the use of field recordings, site specific sounds, and other concrete elements to create evolving textures that often have a vague narrative quality that invite into a specific sonic environment. A couple of her most recent works include Sonambient Pavillion, a multi-channel sound installation for the Chicago’s Millennium Park, and her album Aberration of Light.