AMN Reviews: The Star Pillow – Symphony for Intergalactic Brotherhood (2018; Boring Machines)

Guitarist Paolo Monti is The Star Pillow, a one-man project that explores the outer boundaries of guitar-based ambient soundscapes. Symphony for Intergalactic Brotherhood includes three long-form bowed, processed, and layered improvisations due for release on March 30.

The opening track, My Dear Elohim, is an extended, shimmering drone with deliberately-paced sinusoidal ululations. It evolves through variations of this theme to a towering crescendo just before it ends. Unlike its predecessor, the short An Intergalactic Handshake contains elements that are clearly plucked guitar notes. These are slowly replaced by overlapping mid-frequency drones. From Dust to Stars rounds out the release, moving in a darker direction. The drones are bassier and growling, yet still cyclic and in line with the general approach of My Dear Elohim.

One of the compelling aspects of this album is Monti’s penchant for making guitar recordings sound like other instruments, cello and synths in particular. Nonetheless, the mechanisms behind his sound matter less than the sound itself. A strong release.

http://www.boringmachines.it/

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Vital Weekly Reviews 1119

Source: Vital Weekly.

ASMUS TIETCHENS & DAVID LEE MYERS – ARCS (CD by Auf Abwegen) *
BENE GESSERIT – TOURNAI (CD by EE Tapes) *
AJNA – AN ERA OF TORMENT (CD by Reverse Alignment) *
TAPHEPHOBIA – HOUSE OF MEMORIES (2CD by Reverse Alignment) *
ONE ROOM ENSEMBLE – GIROVAGO (CD by Vindu Music)
DAVE BALLOU – QUADRANTS FOR SOLO TRUMPET (CD by Pfmentum)
ANTOINE BEUGER – TO THE MEMORY OF (CD by Inexhaustible Editions) *
MOTHERTAPE/RADIO NOISE DUO (CD by Antenna Non Grata)
OSKAR PANIZZA/MY CAT IS AN ALIEN – LE JARDIN DE VRENELI (miniCD and book by Lenka Lente) *
FRANCK VIGROUX – BARRICADES (LP by Erototox Decodings)
DJ MARCELLE ANOTHER NICE MESS – PSALM TREE (12” by Jahmoni Music)
FELIX-ANTOINE MORIN – LE JEU DES MIROIRS DE KALI (CDR by Kohlenstoff Records) *
LUGANO FELL – ASIA SLEEP MUSIC (CDR by Coriolis Sounds) *
AMALGAMATED – TO (CDR by Aubjets) *
DIRECTIVES – USPHUTORONTUS DEIUS NISSESUBLA (cassette by Aubjects)
SPELONK VS RVD (cassette by Faux Amis)
LÄRMSCHUTZ – 1’S AND 5’S (cassette by Faux Amis) *
LACE BOWS – EARTH TUNNELS (cassette by Ota) *
TAKAHIRO MUKAI – SLOW AND STEADY (cassette by Ota) *
THE MOON RISES IN MAEVIS (cassette by Ota) *

Igloo Magazine Reviews

Source: Igloo Magazine.

Eff Dst :: Out Of Body (Hymen)

Levels :: Levels (Umor Rex)

MacroNoise :: Various Species EP (The Crime League)

SC​-​164 & The Pulse Projects :: Double review (Subapical)

Atrium Carceri, Cities Last Broadcast, God Body Disconnect :: Miles To Midnight (Cryo Chamber)

Winnipeg New Music Festival Reviewed

Philip Glass in the WNYC studios on December 1...

Source: I Care If You Listen.

In an inconspicuous Canadian city due north of Minnesota, at times a meeting point between Fahrenheit and Celsius, the people of Winnipeg bundle up and refuse to let the elements deter them from participating in one of the largest new music festivals in the world. The Winnipeg New Music Festival (WNMF), hosted by Alexander Mickelthwate and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, showed its dexterity by taking on an unprecedented 7 Canadian premieres and 14 world premieres in 7 different programs. With astonishing exuberance, the WSO’s performances, along with guest artists JACK Quartet, laid the understructure for a week of resounding successes. During the festival, spanning from January 27 to February 2, 2018, famed composers such as Philip Glass were programmed along with young and up-in-coming composers such WSO Composer-In-Residence Harry Stafylakis, and more.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Kaiser, Clov, and Harris – “Measure Once, Cut Twice” (Amalgam, 2017)

Teenage Burnout – “los” (2018)

Ondrej Adamek/ Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain – “Sinuous Voices” (AEON, 2018)

Daniel Levin / Chris Pitsiokos / Brandon Seabrook – “Stomiidae” (Dark Tree, 2018)

Albertsen | Olsen | Pedersen | Jerve | Wildhagen – “RødssalG nEEn GlassdøR” (Dugnad, 2018)

Spinifex – “Amphibian Ardour” (2017)

SPIO (São Paulo Improvisers in Orchestra) – “Conduction BR#5” (Sê-lo!, 2017)