AMN Reviews: NUM – False Awakening (2019; Past Inside the Present)

False Awakening is a genre-twisting release from, NUM, the duo of composers Maryam Sirvan and Milad Bagheri. It lands somewhere in the vicinity of dark ambient, soundscape, free improv, and electroacoustic music. Sirvan contributes voice, electric guitar, and field recordings, while Bagheri is credited with audio engineering. Guest musician Rezo Kiknadze provides sax lines, and all three supply electronics.

Consisting of two tracks in the 16-minute range, the album begins with Watching Myself from the Corner. Sirvan’s haunting vocals rise over a rushing noise wall.  Multi-tracked “outside” sax plays in the background with percussive elements. The latter are no doubt processed, as they crackle with few discernible patterns. This approach slowly descends into chaos, with further noise walls, static, non-stop angular sax motifs, and deconstructed percussion. I am Flying over the City features steady, mid-frequency drones, and heavy use of processed field recordings. Sirvan’s slow chants are subtly mixed therein and, after the more percussive aspects drop out, blend into a dense windswept amalgam with the drones.

The lyrics at the beginning of False Awakening wonder aloud whether the speaker is experiencing a dream or a nightmare. A listen or two to this album, and you could ask the same question. The noises emanating from NUM are straight out of a psychological horror movie. Nonetheless, this is a surprisingly idiosyncratic release. Sounds like these don’t get put together very often or this well. Highly recommended.

Santa Sangre Reviews

Source: Santa Sangre.

PERPETUAL AMONG US – THY WILL BE DONE

WET NURSE. ‎– THANATOSIS

LATITUDES – PART ISLAND

ASGRAUW – GRONSPECH

NAM-KHAR – SECRET ESSENCE/SANGWA DUPA

[ÓWT KRÌ] – XIMENES

COSMIC PUTREFACTION ‎– AT THE THRESHOLD OF THE GREATEST CHASM

Bang on a Can Interviewed about LOUD Weekend

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Bang On A Can needs no introduction, but here’s one anyway. Founded in 1987 by Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, and David Lang, Bang on a Can was formed to generate adventurous programming, commission composers, bring in new audiences, educate young musicians, and present 12 hours of new music to the masses at a time. Not intent on being just another performing arts organization, BOAC has been supporting new music through initiatives like the People’s Commissioning Fund, staged productions, the Summer Festival, and of course, their annual Marathon concerts.

This year, BOAC is tripling their marathon with the LOUD weekend; three days, 30 concerts, and a ton of cutting edge music. We asked the Bang on a Can founders five questions about the upcoming festival and their thoughts on the long-form concert experience.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Joe McPhee / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel – “A Night In Alchemia” (Not Two Records, 2019)

Spacemusic Ensemble – “IS OKAY OKAY IS CERTIFIED” (Motvind Records, 2019)

Michel Doneda/Le Quan Ninh/Shunichiro Hisada – “Thirty Ways To Avoid Talking” (Relative Pitch, 2019)

Albert Cirera / Rafał Mazur / Nicolas Field – “Five Spontaneous Ones” (Not Two Records, 2019)

SANTOS SILVA, ZETTERBERG & LINDWALL – “Hi! Who are you?” (Matiere Memoire, 2019)

Carl Testa – “Sway Prototypes – Volume 2” (2019)

Carl Testa – “Sway Prototypes – Volume 1” (SR, 2019)

Ornette Coleman with Limited-Edition Box Set Released

Source: ARTnews.

The set includes four vinyl LPs as well as two DVDs, three CDs, a poster, and a 26-page booklet all devoted to two momentous events. The first, in the summer of 2014, was a tribute concert at the outdoor series “Celebrate Brooklyn” featuring a surprise appearance by Coleman that ended up being his final public performance. The second, from one year later, was a public memorial service for Coleman, who died at the age of 85, at Riverside Church in New York.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1192

Source: Vital Weekly.

PHILIPPE PETIT – DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM (CD by Opa-Loka Records) *
BANA HAFFAR – GENERA – LIVE AT AB SALON, BRUSSELS (CD by Touch) *
DANIEL WJ MACKENZIE & RICHARD A INGRAM – HALF DEATH (CD by Midira) *
RATCHET ORCHESTRA – COCO SWIRL (CD on Ambiances MAgnétiques) *
JEAN DEROME – SOMEBODY SPECIAL (CD by Ambiances Magnétiques) *
KASPER SKULLERUD VAERNES & ANDREAS WILDHAGEN – TROPOSGRAFIEN (CD by Nakama)
MIRCO MAGNANI & LUKASZ TRZCINSKI – LUMIRAUM (CD by Undogmatisch) *
SIMON BALETRAZZI & NICOLA QUIRICONI – LICHENI (CD by Azoth Recordings) *
HELENE BRESCHARD – PLAYS ELIANE RADIGUE AND KASPER T. TOEPLITZ (CD by Bocian Records) *
BARDOSENETICCUBE & SHUNKIRO – BEYOND THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE (CD by Zhelezobeton) *
NOTUM – NIHIL EST IN INTELLECTU (CD by Zhelezobeton) *
CISFINITUM – MONOCHROME (CD by Zhelezobeton/Aquarellist/Kultfront) *
FRANCISCO MEIRINO – THREE REALIZATIONS FOR ENSEMBLES (CD by Misanthropic Agenda) *
IVAN PALACKY & LUKAS SIMONIS – SMET HET BEW ERF LEFT (CD by Z6 Records) *
ANDERS BRØRBY – KILL COUNT (CDR by Somewhere Cold Records) *
THE CORRUPTING SEA/ANDERS BRØRBY – TRILOGY 1 (CDR by Somewhere Cold Records)
OTTO SOLANGE – шон (CDR by Eilean Records) *
ECOVILLAGE – HOLD MY HAND (CDR by Eilean Records) *
LEFT BANK – ZENTRUM STATISCH (CDR by koi8-r) *
BLACK FAUN/LÄRMSCHUTZ (split cassette by Faux Amis Records)
CALINECZKA – ON THE NUCLEAR PHYSICAL STABILITY OF THE URANIUM MINERALS (cassette by Invisible City Records) *
LIMINAL HAZE – VOLUME 2 (cassette by Invisible City Records) *