Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble – “Rogue Star” (Edgetone Records, 2018)

Scott Barton – “Stylistic Alchemies” (Ravello Records, 2018)

Dave Ballou and Beephonk – “The Windup” (Clean Feed, 2018)

Per Gärdin|Travassos|Marco Franco- “Oblique (trio)” (ibn, 2018)

Prune Bécheau – “Stries ton, tripes et poils” (Weighter Recordings, 2018)

Konatus – “Ethics” (Mortvik Recordings, 2018)

Eric Wong, Nuno Torres, Guilherme Rodrigues & Ernesto Rodrigues – “Temperature Difference” (Creative Sources, 2018)

Esther Lamneck – “Tarogato Constructions” (Innova, 2018)

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Various Musicians on Robert Ashley

Source: Frieze Publishing. This piece is about 4 years old, but previously hard to find.

The composer Robert Ashley died last week at his home in New York, age 83. Though he is best known for radically reinventing opera in the 20th century — most famously in the television opera Perfect Lives in the early 1980s — his life and career had many stages. He was a key part of the legendary ONCE Group in Ann Arbor, beginning in 1961, and formed the Sonic Arts Union in 1966 with fellow composers Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma, and David Behrman. In 1969, Ashley became the director of the nascent Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in California. At Mills during the 1970s, he mentored a generation of groundbreaking artists and composers. Ashley’s last opera, CRASH, which was completed three months before his death, will receive its world premiere at the Whitney Biennial next month, directed by musician and composer Alex Waterman, along with performances of the operas Vidas Perfectas (Perfect Lives revisited in Spanish) and The Trial of Anne Opie Wehrer and Unknown Accomplices for Crimes Against Humanity. Here, 23 of Ashley’s friends and collaborators look back on his life and work.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1140

Source: Vital Weekly.

KURT LIEDWART & PETR VRBA – PUNKT (CD by Mikroton) *
GÜNTER MÜLLER & KURT LIEDWART & NORBERT MÖSLANG – GROUND (CD by Mikroton) *
KURT LIEDWART & JULIEN OTTAVI & KEITH ROWE – L’OR (CD by Mikroton) *
ECLECTIC MAYBE BAND – THE BLIND NIGHT WATCHERS’MYSTERIOUS LIGHT LANDSCAPES (CD by Discus Music)
METAMORPHIC – THE TWO FRIDAS LIGHT (CD by Discus Music)
MELOCHE/ARCHER/ROBAIR/HODNETT – THE SINCERITY OF LIGHT (CD by Discus Music)
KETAN BHATTI – NODDING TERMS (CD by Col Legno)
MARKUS KRISPEL & MATIJA SCHELLANDER & SZILVERSZTER MIKLOS – PUT (CD by Edition Friforma)
LIVEBATTS! (CD by Ants Records) *
JOHN KRAUSBAUER – BEATS (CD by Ants Records) *
ASMUS TIETCHENS – LINEA+ (CD by Klanggalerie) *
YUI ONODERA & STEPHEN VITIELLO – QUIVER (CD by Mikroton) *
MKM – TEPLO_DOM (CD by Mikroton) *
ATHANA & ANDREASEN – TAPES FROM SLOWLAND (CD by West Audio Music) *
COLIN POTTER – THE WHERE HOUSE? (2LP by Dark Entries)
CARL STONE – ELECTRONIC MUSIC FROM THE EITHTIES AND NINETIES (2LP by Unseen Worlds) *
DAVID JAYCOCK – THE DECLINE OF THE MOBILE LIBRARY (CDR by Static Caravan) *
OPEN FIELD – W.B. IN REVERSE/NEGATIVE PANIC (CDR/7″ by Static Caravan) *
SICK LLAMA – SNAKE CODE (CDR by Chocolate Monk) *
PSYCHONIC IMAGING – TIME VACCINE (CDR by Chocolate Monk) *
MOTH – SCINTILLA (CDR by Chocolate Monk) *
LLULL MACHINES – INSECT ANGEL (CDR, private) *
FREQUENCY CURTAIN – TWO DAYS IN MAY (CDR by Tib Prod Italy) *
PHILIP SULIDAE – CONURB (CDR by Linear Obsessional Recordings) *
ORPHAX – CIRCLES (3″CDR, private) *

Ten Years of NNA Tapes

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

For all the precision and artfulness reflected in each release from NNA Tapes—uniform cover designs, boundary-pushing music—the Burlington, Vermont experimental label began with a joke. According to Toby Aronson, who co-founded the label with his friend Matt Mayer, the label’s name originated with an offhand comment. “We made a joke saying we’d call [our sound] ‘Nü New Age’—you know, like nü metal?” he says. “It was tongue-in-cheek, but it had a ring to it, and it kind of stuck.” The two were inspired by the gentle synth-based music that was common in the late ‘00s, but noticed a kind of shared secret amongst its fans. “Nobody was saying it, but it sounded like New Age music,” Aronson says, laughing.

A lot has happened in a decade, and the label’s sound and design have broadened substantially since they started. Though it took them three years to issue their first vinyl release, and in the first half of 2018, they’ve pressed up five titles on wax, spanning experimental jazz, microtonal synthpop, and electroacoustic composition. Another change? None of those feature cover art with white borders or semi-circles.