AMN Reviews: The Cloudwatchers – S/T [Unexplained Sounds Group]; Ståle Storløkken – The Haze of Sleeplessness [Hubro HUBROCD2616]

Forms by themselves are inert things: accumulated conventions and materials that, for all their inertia, are nevertheless available to be appropriated and made newly meaningful through the projects and programs that somehow have need of them. The Cloudwatchers, a quartet of musicians working in Spain, and the Norwegian keyboardist/composer Ståle Storløkken each take an awareness of the conventions and materials of classic electronic avant-garde and cosmic music and creatively reimagine them as something authentically their own.

The Cloudwatchers’ membership comprises Andrés Alonso (electric guitar and bass, digital synthesizers and audio processors); Iván Cebrián (analogue synthesizers and audio processors); Coco Moya (voice, analogue synthesizers and audio processors); and Jaime Munáriz (analogue synthesizers, electric guitar and audio processors). The group’s overlapping instrumentation—three of the four play analogue synthesizers, and all four engage in audio processing—doesn’t prevent them from creating rich soundscapes of varying colors. The three long, untitled pieces are constructed around more or less fixed harmonies; as a foundation this may seem simple, but with this kind of music what matters isn’t complex harmonic change but instead changes in texture, timbre and voice. Sometimes, as in the first piece, the voice is human, oscillating in microtones around washes of synthesizer and echo-drenched guitar. The dominant voice on the second piece, by contrast, consists in a modal keyboard melody floating lightly over the gravitas of a slow beat and densely-layered background texture. The closing piece features luminous sounds and culminates in an ostinato for sequencer—a clever recontextualization of an old convention from space music.

Like the Cloudwatchers, Storløkken’s natural point of reference is the classic electronic music of the 1960s and 1970s, but also like the Cloudwatchers, he doesn’t try to recreate those sounds through direct imitation but rather by indirect hint and allusion. With The Haze of Sleeplessness he sets out to make a soundtrack for a non-existent film, the better to let the listener dream his or her own characters, plot and setting. Each of the seven pieces is a tone poem in itself, but taken together, all add up to a collectively coherent suite which—in a coincidental parallel to the Cloudwatchers’ final track–ends in a sequencer-driven flourish.

 

 

Vital Weekly Reviews 1176

Source: Vital Weekly.

FABIO ORSI – UNCHARTED WATERS (CD by Zoharum) *
RIGOR MORTISS – WBREWNY (CD by Zoharum) *
DIFFERENT STATE – ENORMOUS COMPONENTS OF MOTOR UNIT VOL. 1 (CD by Zoharum) *
IDEA FIRE COMPANY – THE ISLAND OF TASTE (CD by Fuordämning Archiv) *
DANIELLE PALARDY ROGER – CANNIBALE (CD by Ambiances Magnétiques)
WELF DORR UNIT – BLOOD (CD by Creative Sources Recordings) *
BECK HUNTERS – HAS IT BEEN FOUND (CD by Discus Music) *
STALE STORLØKKEN – THE HAZE OF SLEEPLESSNESS (CD by Hubro) *
TRANSTILLA – I (CD by Opa Loka Records) *
HAARVÖL & XOÁN-XIL LÓPEZ – UNWRITTEN RULES FOR A CEASELESS JOURNEY (CD by Cronica Electronica) *
VIVIANKRIST – MORGENRØDE (CD by Cold Spring) *
MAATH – NO SURVIVORS FOR THE NEW WORLD (CD by Eibon Records) *
MAATH – DARKNESS, VOID AND SILENCE (CD by Eibon Records) *
SCHWALBE & ELEPHANT – 2 AKT (LP by Wide Ear Records)
NAPPE – MMEMM NOLAIN (LP by Dysmusie)
HAWN – FOR A RIDE (cassette by Strategic Tape Reserve)
MODUS PONY/VLK (split cassette by Strategic Tape Reserve)
GIUSEPPE FALIVENE – AIR CHRONICLES (cassette by Amek) *
V-STÓK – PRIMORDIAL SOUP (cassette by Amek) *
RE-CLIP – NOON (cassette by Hyster)

Top 10 Experimental Music Festivals

Source: Festicket Magazine. I would have come up with a different list, still a bunch of good ones on here though…

Of course, we’re all partial to flailing our arms and screaming our lungs out to anthemic belters during a climactic festival headline slot. But sometimes, the paint-by-number music frequenting the mainstream charts just doesn’t quite cut the mustard.

For those who possess a taste for the innovative, unconventional, and wholly original, there’s a surging network of experimental music festivals emerging around the globe.

With an emphasis on the wider scope of music festivals rather than simply assembling a roster of familiar artists, experimental music festivals offer a platform for sounds to be heard, sights to be seen, and sensations to be felt that aren’t commonplace. Just yet.

Here are our Top 10 experimental music festivals, in no particular order, that succeed in propelling the festival experience to new heights:

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Evan Parker / Paul G. Smyth – “The Dogs of Nile” (Weekertoft, 2019)

Paul Dunmall Sun Ship Quartet/Alan Skidmore/Julie Kjær/Ståle Liavik Solberg/Mark Wastell – “JOHN COLTRANE 50TH MEMORIAL CONCERT AT CAFE OTO” (Confront Recordings, 2019)

Spring Roll – “EPISODES” (Clean Feed, 2019)

Dustin Laurenzi – “Snaketime: The Music of Moondog” (Astral Spirits, 2019)

Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley – “Deeply Discounted​​/​​Sequences of Snow” (Audiographic Records, 2018)

Adam Matlock and Chris Cretella – “Singing and Singing to Keep Out the Smell” (SR, 2019)

Caloia / Charuest / Fousek – “Maps To Hands” (Astral Spirits, 2019)

Dan Clucas​/​Vinny Golia​/​Steuart Liebig​/​Alex Cline – “Boojum Quartet” (SR, 2019)

Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Monday, April 8: Friends and Neighbors (Sweden/Norway), Say Things (Worthington/Taylor)

Friends & Neighbors represents a new generation of bands from the Norwegian jazz-scene. The music can be described as energetic and melodic free jazz inspired by musicians like Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and John Carter. On their debut album ”No Beat Policy” (2011), Friends & Neighbors created an authentic and acoustic atmosphere that harkens back to the political roots of free jazz. The strong original compositions have resulted in a ensemble sound with a strong identity, crystal-clear presence and a distinct personality. The quintets members can also be heard in bands like Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Albatrosh and Cortex. Their second release Hymn for a Hungry Nation was received with 4 1/2 out of 5 stars in DownBeat Magazine. André Roligheten – reeds, Thomas Johansson – trumpet, Jon Rune Strøm – double bass, Tollef Østvang – drums

Also on the bill is the excellent duo of Detroit improvisers Say Things, comprised of Derek Worthington (trumpet, processing) and Jonathan Taylor (percussion). Self-described electro-acoustic glitch jazz, this gig marks the start of of their spring US tour.
Doors at 8pm; $10 min.

COMING SOON
4/19: Heart of the Ghost, Pete Larson, Molly Jones
5/4: Steve Swell, Gehard Ullmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang
5/27: Urs Leimgruber and Jim Baker

Just Outside Reviews

Source: Just Outside.

Terry Riley – In C (Bôłt)

Andrzej Dobrowolski – Music for Orchestra (Bôłt)

Bohdan Mazurek/Jacek Sienkiewicz – Drogi (Bôłt)

Ewa Liebchen – Electric Sheep (Bôłt)

Cristián Alvear – Pieza para Guitarra Afinada (Pilgrim Talk)

Jon Heilbron – pieces for chord organ (Intonema)

Catherine Lamb – Atmospheres Transparent/Opaque (New World)

Michael Pisaro – Nature Denatured and Found Again (Gravity Wave)