RIP Mika Vainio

Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic) photos by Randy Yau

Source: The Quietus.

Experimental electronic music producer Mika Vainio has died aged 53. Vainio produced a vast collection of solo material under his own name as well as other guises, including most famously Ø. His work explored various aspects of techno, industrial music, noise and other experimental corners of electronic music. Through his career, he collaborated with the likes of Charlemagne Palestine, Fennesz, Merbow, Franck Vigroux and many more.

Baltimore SDIY Springfest Concert

The Baltimore SDIY Group announces its 2017 Springfest concert, to be held Saturday, April 15 at the Electric Maid, 268 Carroll Street NW, Washington DC 20012. The concert is all-ages with a $10 admission.

Featured artists are Dave Vosh & Keith Sinzinger as Fast Not Safe; John St. John’s Winston Psmith Project; Bev Stanton and John St. John as Novparolo; Ben Stanton’s Arthur Loves Plastic; and a group improvisation finale.

Saturday, April 15, 7:30 PM. Doors at 7:00.

For more information, visit the Baltimore SDIY webpages.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1077

Source: Vital Weekly.

DØDSMASKIN – FULLSTENDIG BRENT (CD by Malignant Records) *
PACIFIC 231 – KYBEN (CD by E-Klageto) *
JIM DENLEY – CUT AIR (CD by Sofa Music) *
JOSHUA ABRAMS & NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY – SIMULTONALITY
(CD by Tak:til) *
DIETER MÜH – EPONYMOUS (LP by Sentimental Productions)
PEFKIN – MURMURARTIONS (LP by Morc Records)
FIERCE TRANSMISSION (CD by Fierce Transmission) *
SLIM VIC – PERSONLIGA ARTIKLAR (LP by Lamour) *
BOTTENVIKENS SULVERKYRKA – ARKEN (LP by Lamour) *
MOTORMÄNNEN – INFORMATIONSTECHNO (LP by Lamour)
ANIMAL MACHINE/GEN 26 (7″, private)
KRAFTREAKTOR – CRITICAL MASS (CDR by MicroDot) *
DAVE CLARKSON – A RED GUIDE TO THE COASTAL QUICKSANDS OF THE BRITISH ISLES (CDR by Linear Obsessional Recordings) *
STUART CHALMERS – MAZES AND LABYRINTHS 2007-2017 (CDR, private) *
MICROMELANCOLIE – ANATOMY OF MODERN PAITINGS (cassette by Audio Visuals Atmosphere) *
WOODBENDER – THE FOUNTAIN A CONDUIT (cassette by Audio Visuals Atmosphere) *
LEAH P – UNTITLED (cassette by Oxen)
EDWARD SOL – HOME MAGMA (cassette by Quasipop)
DIATRIBES – SISTERE (cassette by Mappa) *
GIANLUCA FAVARON – BLANK SPACES (I DON’T WANT TO BE HAPPY) (cassette by Lucesia)

Wadada Leo Smith in New Haven Reviewed

Source: New Haven Independent.

Acclaimed composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith stood in front of a whiteboard Sunday afternoon in a room above Firehouse 12’s studio. It was the middle of the first CREATE festival, a weekend-long celebration of Smith’s music that drew musicians to play with him from around the country and kept Firehouse 12’s performance space packed.

“I’m a minimalist,” Smith had said the night before, at the first of two weekend concerts. “I don’t do very much of nothing.”

Except, he said, make a little music. Ponder questions about the universe. Conduct scientific research. Attend imaginary meetings with foreign diplomats. The usual. He said it all with a healthy dose of humor, and the audience laughed. But there was seriousness behind those jokes. And on Sunday afternoon, Smith had only a marker in his hand, and he wasn’t playing; he was drawing shapes on the board, and talking. By doing so, he opened a door into his music, and music making, for everyone.

A Guide to Iran’s Electronic Underground 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The existence of any kind of underground or electronic music scene in Iran is a relatively recent development, arguably part of a quiet and generally slow shift in the country’s post-revolution identity. Those changes came to a head with the election of reformist and relative centrist Hassan Rouhani as President in 2013, which opened up a doorway for Iranian relations with foreign countries, all but shut off after decades of international sanctions.

The Islamic Republic that emerged from the 1979 revolution quickly quashed the country’s burgeoning pop and rock music scene, in favor of state-approved folk and classical styles. Iranian pop and rock musicians stayed all but silent throughout the 1980s, but years later, after the arrival of globalized digital media and swappable MP3s, government repression isn’t enough to stop a new generation of musicians creating digital noise, heavy techno, and textured ambience.