AMN Reviews: Three From Silken Tofu – Barchan / dB/Mz / Instinct Primal

0003983616_10Silken Tofu is a European label putting out a mix of ambient, industrial, noise, and electronic releases. We have had a chance to listen to several of their 2015 releases, and are duly impressed by the quality of the efforts therein. All of their material is available for streaming on Bandcamp.


Barchan – Soliton (2015; Silken Tofu)

This release is billed as live “percussion-driven industrial drone music,” a fitting description indeed.  Barchan consists of James Welburn on drones and Tomas Järmyr on drums. The single, 57-minute track (which appears to be divided into several movements) involves Welburn laying down one to three layers of static-drenched background drones, with occasional foreground growlings.  In addition to this dark and ominous foundation, Järmyr plays a drum kit in the style of free jazz or improv (think Han Bennink meets Tony Buck). The result is something that would be right at home at the Big Ears Festival, or similar endeavors.


dB/Mz – The Light To Come (2015; Silken Tofu)

dB/Mz is the duo of Magnus Zetterberg and David Bengtsson, who collectively create a set of dark, intense soundscapes. Not unlike Lustmord, dB/Mz could fall into the category of deep-space ambient, though with a more industrial twist. In addition to subtle background drones, foreground elements, such as undulating waves, clashing of metals, and distorted scraping are frequently present. On at least one track, grinding patterns of interference serve as an abrasive melody, reminiscent of the electroacoustic efforts of modern classicists.


Instinct Primal – Dazzling Darkness (2015; Silken Tofu)

This, the first solo album from Jan Kruml, is dark ambient in the vein of mid-nineties Robert Rich. Kruml focuses on slow-moving washes, and dramatic fanfares. But interspersed between are indistinct voices. Haunting and reminiscent of a science-fiction movie soundtrack, the album includes a generous share of drones and spacescapes, not to mention post-industrial elements. Non-western percussion accompanies on two of the tracks, adding an earthy element to otherwise non-worldly music.

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Vital Weekly Reviews 1049

logoSource: Vital Weekly.

ASCANIO ORGA – RAW SCIENCE (CD by Sonic Boundaries) *
SEETYCA – ZWISCHENWELTEN (CD by Winter Light) *
THE QUIET CLUB & CROW – AS THE QUET CROW FILES (CD by Farpoint Recordings) *
ROTTERDAM – GIZICKI (CD by Everest Records) *
PHELIOS – HUMAN STASIS HABITAT (CD by Loki-Found) *
IONOSPHERE – THE STELLAR WINDS (CD by Loki-Found) *
YAN JUN – MONTREAL SPY DIARY/NOTHING/LIVING ROOM TOUR MONTREAL (2CD by Oral) *
STEPHEN CORNFORD & BEN GWILLIAM – ON TAKING THINGS APART (CD by Winds Measure Recordings) *
TUCKER DULIN & BEN OWEN – FOR ECHO OF ECHO (CDR, private) *
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH/TALWEG (mini CD by Lenka Lente) *
BOKEH – PEACE OBSCURED (12″ by The Weevil Neighbourhood)
KATSUNOURI SAWA – SECRET OF SILENCE (LP by The Weevil Neighbourhood)
SPR – TESSALATION DISTRICTS (12″ by The Weevil Neighbourhood)
LITTLEBOW – THREE (CDR by Rural Colours) *
CHRIS STRICKLAND – SITUATIONS ENVELOPED (CDR by Caduc) *
MATTHEW REVERT – AN INSECT ON THE SIDE OF THE WORLD CLIMBLING UP A
TABLE LEG (CDR by Caduc) *
(GHOST) – THE FIRST TIME YOU OPENED YOUR EYES (CDR by Sound In Silence) *
PANOPTIQUE ELECTRICAL – DISAPPEARING MUSIC FOR FACE (CDR by Sound In Silence) *
FERGUS KELLY – SHOTO TO SHREDS (cassette by Farpoint Recordings) *

Lustmord Interview

Source: Vice.

When the ambient pioneer Brian Williams, AKA Lustmord, announced that his new album, Dark Matter, would be composed of recordings of various American space excursions, a few of his fans brought up the notion that space is silent. But on a recent Skype call from his home in Los Angeles, Williams stressed that such a simplistic understanding ignores the reality of what’s actually going on out there. “Well,” he says, chuckling through a thick accent that belies his British upbringing, “They need to read up a little bit.”

Malcolm Goldstein and Matthias Kawl to Perform in NY

Source: Interpretations.

Thursday October 20, 2016, @ 8PM
Roulette
509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Brooklyn NY

Malcolm Goldstein: “Soundings, Etc”
Matthias Kawl Trio: “After The Rain” & More

An evening of works by composer-performers incorporating improvisation into a concert music setting.

One of the great innovators in improvised music, violinist/composer Malcolm Goldstein premieres “Soundings (2016)” for solo violin/voice; the politically motivated “Where Are We Going When We’re Standing Still, Looking Backwards?!” (2002); a duo improvisation with Matthias Kawl; and two works inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and Samuel Beckett.

Composer Matthias Kawl brings his longstanding trio of flute, guitar, and percussion, to present “After The Rain” (with baritone Thomas Buckner): a surrealistic look at growth in capitalism, communism and literature, incorporating sounds based on recordings of Muddy Waters and of grasshoppers. Kawl’s trio will also perform “Opium for T,” (based on Ovid’s Metamorphosis, and the writings of Japanese writer Yoko Tawada), and “Untitled”, for flutes and mechanized instruments, by Berlin-based composer Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri.

Hamster Theatre and Oblique Arts Ensemble in Denver

English: Mike Johnson, composer/guitarist and ...

Source: Creative Music Works.

Hamster Theatre
When: Thursday, October 6
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Syntax, 554 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Tickets: $10 general admission; $7 members / students (w/valid student ID)

Board member Mark Harris hosts the first show in the series and features the Hamster Theatre. Founded in 1993, the group includes Dave Willey, accordion and guitar; Jon Stubbs, keyboards and trombone; Mike Johnson, guitar; Raoul Rossiter, drums; Mark Harris, woodwinds; and Todd Billsborough, bass.

Hamster Theatre’s music demonstrates a tremendous range of influences from European bands Nimal, Lar’s Hollmer’s groups, Toupidek Limonade, and Look di Bouk, to a broad spectrum of American music. The players have experience with free music, metal, jazz, pop, rock, classical, and many varieties of world music. Hamster Theatre has managed to fuse these into a peculiar and unique sound with glorious timbral range. It is music that is surprising, unpredictable , lighthearted, and fascinatingly musical.

Oblique Arts Ensemble
When: Thursday, November 3rd
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Syntax, 554 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Tickets: $10 general admission; $7 members / students (w/valid student ID)

Oblique Arts Ensemble was founded by bassist Markus Hunt upon moving to Denver in 2014. The Syntax lineup features Rent Romus,who “swings like hell and fire,” on saxophones and Ryan Seward on drums. The group will present loosely crafted compositions and explore spontaneous inventions deeply rooted in the avant-jazz idiom.Hunt has previously recorded two CDs with Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble, garnering praise from Down Beat for their “bold sound, unmistakeable sincerity and conviction.”