AMN Reviews: Ignite – Ignition (2018; HearHere Records)

Ignite is Casey Moir on voice and effects, and Johan Moir on double bass and objects. Ignition is a single-track EP running just under 23 minutes that was recorded live in Berlin late 2016. It is also a prime example of genre-breaking avant-garde music.

Casey’s voice appears to be both live and recorded, the recorded pieces processed and multi-tracked into howls, drones, and collages. The effect is that of an endless, tortured scream. At other times it is closer to wordless talking or chants. Near the halfway point something resembling actual singing emerges, but rapidly descends into what can only be described as madness. Johan’s bass playing is anything but conventional, making liberal use of extended techniques: discordant sawing, jagged lines, and the rare (and brief) melody. He alternates between low-frequency rumbling and high-pitched contrasting notes. He works the latter into a squeaking frenzy at various points.

As is the case on many modern experimental recordings, it is difficult to tell where the acoustic parts end and the electronic parts begin. Additionally, texture and structure are more paramount than tunefulness. But the overall result is a powerful and unique take. Is Ignition an observation on the insanity of our current socio-political system? An exploration of dark emotions? Perhaps it doesn’t matter, as the album is a prime example of how music that ventures toward the extreme can remain appealing on multiple levels.

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Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Derek Bailey & Company: Simon H Fell / Mark Wastell / Will Gaines! Georg Graewe & Mark Sanders! Phil Minton & Roger Turner! ZION80! Ben Goldberg & Michael Coleman Do Steve Lacy’s ‘Hocus Pocus’! Rarities from Shiiin: Elaine Radigue! Charlemagne Palestine! Luc Ferrari & Brunhild! Otomo Yoshihide & Xavier Charles! Jackie-O MF!

Plus Historic Discs: The Residents! Harold McNair with Ornette Coleman’s Rhythm Team! Masahiko Togashi Quartet! Bob Marley! Restocked Rarities from Evan Parker! Agusti Fernandez! Alvin Curran! Willem Breuker! Wadada Leo Smith & John Coxon! Vinyl from Derek Bailey! International Artists Psych Compilation! Sun Records Collection! And Much More!

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THE DMG 27TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with:

Sunday, March 18th:
6pm: NICK FRASER and INGRID LAUBROCK – Drums and Tenor and/or Soprano Saxes
7pm: NICOLA HEIN and CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Guitar and Alto Sax

Sunday, March 25th, 2018:
6pm: ROSS HAMMOND and ANDREW DRURY
7pm: BONNIE KANE and ADAM LANE
8pm: DENNIS REA – Solo Electric Guitar

Sunday, April 1st, 2018 / April Fool’s Day / Easter Sunday!
6pm: LOUISE D.E. JENSEN Birthday Celebration
7pm: JACK WRIGHT and ZACH DARRUP – Alto Sax and Guitar

Sunday, April 8th: CP Birthday 65 Celebration Gig: The Beyond Group:
6pm: CHERYL PYLE / MICHAEL EATON / CLAIRE de BRUNNER – Flutes / Soprano Sax / Bassoon

Sunday, April 15th, 2018:
6pm: AARON SHRAGGE / ELI ASHER – Trumpet Duo
7pm: NICOLA HEIN / MIA ZABELKA Special Guest

Sunday, April 22nd:
6pm: NOAH BECKER & COLIN HINTON – Alto sax and Drums
7pm: SPEEDO: DAVID GROLLMAN and CORY O’BRIEN – Two Snare Drums

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy

Newsbits: John Cale / Crow Versus Crow / Peter Zummo / Longleash / Seth Graham / Susie Ibarra

Photo of John Cale playing the viola at a conc...

John Cale at the Barbican is reviewed.

Episode #124 of The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show: The first half of this episode comprises of the usual wonky, No-Audience whatever I’ve been digging of late, from Posset to Sol Rezza, via Moor Mother, Sophie Cooper & Delphine Dora, Jandek, Lost Winter etc etc; whilst the second half is an hour-long mix from West Yorkshire-based sound artist and graphic designer, Anna Peaker, featuring, amongst many others, some seriously excellent cuts from Frans Zwartjes, Stuart Chalmers, Bianca Scout, Ryuichi Sakomoto, Klein, Annea Lockwood.

Peter Zummo is interviewed.

The new album from Longleash is reviewed.

The new album from Seth Graham is also reviewed.

A Susie Ibarra performance, with Claire Chase, and Alex Peh in New Paltz, is reviewed.