AMN Reviews: Dødsmaskin – Ingenting (2018; Cyclic Law)

This release of Ingenting is actually a re-issue of Dødsmaskin’s 2015 debut, which has been exceptionally difficult to obtain until now. Musically, it lands squarely between dark ambient, industrial, and acousmatic styles, with rumbling and grinding drones and noise walls. Split across five medium length tracks, these sounds would fit well into a soundtrack of a futuristic horror movie. Aske features an atmospheric drone with echoing metallic scraping and calls. Bionegativ explores a combination of softer and harsher drones coupled with unsettling soundscapes that resemble that of gigantic machines performing unspeakable tasks. The title track, on the other hand, is a softly menacing alien soundscape, with more than a few hints of danger in the endless twilight.

Dødsmaskin is not for everyone, especially those who don’t appreciate a heavy dose of harsh darkness in their evening drink. But for those who do, this re-issued gem comes highly recommended.

Chicago Scene: April 22-28, 2018

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Sunday, April 22nd 2018

2:00PM at University of Chicago
ICE plays some of its favorites by Crumb and Oliveros, plus some pieces new to the group.

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Emmanuelle Waeckerlé with

Monday, April 23rd 2018

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Thursday, April 26th 2018

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Gordon Grdina & Friends

Friday, April 27th 2018

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Catharsis : Ryan Keberle, Camila Meza, Scott Robinson, Jorge Roeder, Eric Doob
Matt Ulery’s Loom, with Paul Bedal, Jon Deitemyer, Russ Johnson, Geof Bradfield

Saturday, April 28th 2018

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Black Earth Ensemble 20th Anniversary Celebration
Black Earth Ensemble : Nicole Mitchell, Ugochi, Joshua Abrams, Marcus Evans, Jovia Armstrong, special guests TBA

8:30PM at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan, 773.837.0145 ($15)
Odonis Odonis

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Jonathon Saxon, Alexander Vogel, Jeff Schwartz and Others in LA, May 6

An Evening of Improvised Music
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7pm
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

On the first Sunday of every month for the last 20 years, Open Gate Theatre has presented challenging improvised music at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts. May’s event features two groups: the Saxon/Vogel Duo and a quartet assembled by bassist Jeff Schwartz.

Percussionist Jonathon Saxon has worked in forms from heavy metal (with Armored Saint) to free jazz and is best known for his acclaimed 2015 album Acceleration with ex-Ornette Coleman drummer Grant Calvin Weston and Los Angeles icons Steuart Liebig and Wayne Peet. For this show he teams with saxophonist Alexander Vogel, a gifted free jazz and noise player to improvise on jazz and folk melodies.

For the other set, Jeff Schwartz (Santa Monica Symphony, MESTO, Andrea Centazzo) has formed a special group by inviting his two most frequent collaborators: flautist Ellen Burr (LA Flute Orchestra, Adam Rudolph, West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio) and reedman Charles Sharp (CSU Fullerton New Music Ensemble, Adam Rudolph, Baast) to join harpist/composer Anne LeBaron for a set of free improvisation. Although LeBaron has had an impressive career in improvised music with artists including Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, and Muhal Richard Abrams, her Los Angeles performances are rare and this will be her first collaboration with the other members of the quartet.