April / May Perfect Sound Forever is Out

Source: Perfect Sound Forever.

 Computer folkie by Michael Freerix
“With her sketchy, dreamlike songwriting, Ana Rita de Melo Alves, who calls herself Anrimeal, travels on a highway that in the past has been defined by songwriters like Elliott Smith and Syd Barrett. Alves writes songs and sings to herself, in front of a fragile background of violin, guitar, piano, flutes, and percussion. She somehow reflects the silence around her, but gives it a special kind of air.”

 ’80’s indie history/hatred by Frans de Waard
“Author Frans de Waard recently collected four volumes of his ‘Dutch Cassette Catalog,’ chronicling his research into this fascinating indie cassette culture from 1983 to 1987. The new book includes not only his extensive listings but also flyers (which are both historic and beautifully designed), articles and even (as you’ll see here) some hate mail.”

 Via composers & highway rest stops by Daniel Barbiero
“Listening to a field recording of a place like an airport or highway rest stop reminds us that it’s very difficult to identify a place on the basis of its sounds alone. The languages in which some of these conversations, announcements, and other verbal transactions are conducted may provide some clue as to their whereabouts but, particularly at those crossroads of international travel or trade, this will not necessarily produce a positive identification.”

 Book excerpt- repetition in the (arty) music by Barbara Ellison and Thomas Bey William Bailey
“In our new book, Sonic Phantoms, we aim at uniquely advancing the literature on sonic experimentation dealing with the sublime act of “listening to listening.” From at least the mid-point of the twentieth century, there has been a well-documented interest in reconfiguring the listener as a sound producer or creator, and our work — affirmed by a number of neuro-scientific discoveries — similarly springs from the rejection of listening as a purely passive exercise. We submit that one of the key realizations provided upon rejecting the “passive” nature of audio experience is the degree to which we, as humans, ascribe meaning to the apparently meaningless. “

 Jazz legend does Bacharach by Kurt Wildermuth
“When the great jazz pianist McCoy Tyner died in 2020, he was best remembered for his work with the toweringly influential jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, and rightly so. From 1960 to 1965, mainly in a quartet with bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones, in concert and on such classic recordings where Tyner and Coltrane hammered out a multidimensional kind of bop. Saluted in Tyner’s obituaries but without quite the same reverence was the work Tyner did as a sideman and a leader (with some six dozen albums to his name). Completely lost in the shuffle was an interesting excursion, ‘What the World Needs Now: The Music of Burt Bacharach’ (1997).”