AMN Reviews: Philippe Lauzier: DÔME [Small Scale Music SSM-017]; A Pond in My Living Room [SOFA556]

Originally a saxophonist and later a bass clarinetist, versatile Montreal musician Philippe Lauzier works as well with the less conventional instrumentation of sound art. On two recent releases, he delves into both sides of his creative work.

In A Pond in My Living Room, Lauzier offers four substantive pieces for solo bass clarinet. Composed and recorded in winter, 2016, each piece features the acoustic instrument multitracked and with no electronic treatments added. The four tracks fit together like a suite of drone pieces, each moving slowly to reveal changing patterns of overtones and emergent harmonies. The timbres are such as to give the impression of an acoustic simulation of electronic music—so much so that when the sound of breath makes a sudden appearance, it feels almost like an intrusion.

DÔME, a release on cassette, finds Lauzier on an alternative path. Here he works with a sound installation consisting of bells, zithers, motors and a Korg synthesizer. The installation was created for Montréal’s La Passe, where these two seventeen-minute-long tracks were recorded on 31 July 2015. Although conceived as drone-based works, both pieces draw attention to their variegated textures rather than to an underlying constant of tone or texture. Far Side is a shimmering, iridescent metallic jangle shot through with the semi-pitched chirps of small motors and scraped zither strings that ends with a call-and-response for small bells. Far Out, which rides an undertow of ringing alarm clock bells and a sustained electronic tone, is closer to a more conventional drone piece. But it too centers around subtle changes in texture driven by a series of discrete, layered events for scraped or brushed zither and whirring motors.

Daniel Barbiero

Vision Festival 22 Lineup and Schedule Announced

Charles Gayle

Source: Arts for Art.

Digital Primitives
Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host
Carl Hancock Rux
In Order to Survive
Yoshiko Chuma School of Hard Knocks
Miya Masaoka String Stories
Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio
Trio 3
Visionary Youth Orchestra
Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp
K.J. Holmes
Jason Kao Hwang Burning Bridge
Tracie Morris
Charles Gayle
Odean Pope
Jesus Papoleto Melendez
Darius Jones
Djassi Dacosta Johnson / Shayna Dulberger
Tomeka Reid Artifacts
Chicago Plan
Joe McPhee Dream Book
Fred Moten
Dave Burrell
Oluyemi Thomas Positive Knowledge
Tony Malaby / Mat Manieri / Daniel Levin
Ivo Perelman Quartet
David Murray Trio
Oliver Lake / William Parker

5049 Records Podcast Episode 108 – MV Carbon  

Source: 5049 Records.

MV Carbon is a cellist/multi-media artist who has been active in broad range of creative activity since the mid 90s, including film, sound art, installations and clothing design. She has toured frequently with her band Metalux in addition to collaborating with some of the greatest musical thinkers of the last fifty years, including Tony Conrad and Charlemagne Palestine. For this conversation we talk veganism, Chicago, Tony Conrad, what happens after you die and a whole lot more. This is a good one.

Chuck Bettis Upcoming Shows

Attend a fundraising event for a much needed Sanctuary Program in our community! Brooklyn Defense Committee (BDC) is a community-based group working to build a network of sanctuary spaces in Brooklyn, especially in neighborhoods with high concentration of immigrants. BDC needs your support to continue their crucial work.

Saturday, April 8th
Union Pool
484 Union Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Marc Ribot & Sofia Rei duo + Chelsea Reject + Kill Alters, 2pm, $20

Detailed info & tickets link here.



Tuesday, April 25th
Mick Barr (guitar, banjo) Chuck Bettis (electronics, throat) Johnny DeBlase (bass) Mike Pride (drums)
A very rare chance to experience this murky dungeon thunder.

Wednesday, April 26th
Die Trommel Fatale
Brandon Seabrook (guitar, compositions) Marika Hughes (cello) Eivind Opsvik (double bass) Chuck Bettis (electronics, throat) Dave Treut (drums) Sam Ospovat (drums)
Pre-apocalyptic summit, oozing centuries of purloined caterwauls. A sorceric phenomenon of wood, steel and flesh featuring a clangorous array of aural spasms and geometric quickstep grotesquerie.

Thursday, April 27th
Snake Union Vs. Soft Circle
Dave Grant (modular synth) Chuck Bettis (electronics) Hisham Bharoocha (drums)
A first time meeting of these pillars of the underground

Friday, April 28th
Mick Barr (guitar) Chuck Bettis (electronics) Evan Rapport (sax) Franke Vogl (prepared bass)
Ecstatic spontaneous compositions by the collective. Featuring members of Krallice, Meta-matics & Companion Trio.

Saturday, April 29th
Matmos & Chuck Bettis
Drew Daniel (electronics) M.C. Schmidt (piano, objects, electronics) Chuck Bettis (electronics)
The sound of surprise

Sunday, April 30th
Mephista with Chuck Bettis
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Susie Ibarra (drums) Ikue Mori, Chuck Bettis (electronics)
Calculated chaos balanced on a razor

all sets start at 8:30pm
admission: $20

The Stone
corner of 2nd St. & Ave. C



March 13, 2017
Pascal Niggenkemper Solo, IBeam
Pascal Niggenkemper

March 13, 2017
Pascal Niggenkemper, Nate Wooley, Carlo Costa, IBeam
Carlo Costa Pascal Niggenkemper Nate Wooley

March 12, 2017
Mars Williams Solo, Sound Cab, St Johann in Tirol
Mars Williams

March 12, 2017
Sophie Agnel Trio, Alte Gerberei, St Johann in Tirol
Sophie Agnel Joke Lanz Michael Vatcher

March 12, 2017
John Russell Solo, Sound Cab, St Johann in Tirol
John Russell

March 12, 2017
Will It Float?, Alte Gerberei, St Johann in Tirol
Steve Beresford John Edwards John Russell Ståle Liavik Solberg

March 12, 2017
Jean-Luc Guionnet Solo, Antoniuskapelle, St Johann in Tirol
Jean-Luc Guionnet

March 12, 2017
Mette Rasmussen & Dieb13, Jugendzentrum JUZ, St Johann in Tirol
Dieter ‘dieb13’ Kovačič Mette Rasmussen

A Massive Survey of Contemporary Ambient Music 

Photograph of Brian Eno at a 2006 Long Now Fou...

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Ambient music has been on its second (or third?) rise for a little while now, but at present it’s rivaling the wave of the mid ‘90s, when it soundtracked millions of ravers’ comedowns and backroom conversations.

Brian Eno, founding father of the genre, has just released his first ambient album in an age—the literally never-ending (if you play it in its app form) Reflection. On The Orb’s C.O.W. (Chill Out World) , from 2016, they return to pure ambience (plus, they’re hosting a huge celebration of ambient music in London this April). Scene-defining London DJ Mixmaster Morris has just made his first album as The Irresistible Force in two decades, set for release later this year.

But it’s not just that the old greats are back at work. Threads in new music that were formerly hugely disparate—elements of post-rock, noise, dubstep, neo-classical, gallery installation music, documentary field recordings, even grime—are increasingly finding themselves woven back together into endlessly spaced-out tapestries. From the misty minimalist compositions of Bing & Ruth, to the grime-inspired sci-fi cityscapes of Yamaneko, some of the most exciting music being made right now exists free from traditional rhythm or structure—and plenty of the most cutting-edge DJs are bringing these together into sets that are completely cut free from the dancefloor. Here, we present just a small overview of the oceans of ambient sound to be found on Bandcamp right now.