Interview with Sonologyst

Source: Sonologyst.

Raffaelle Pezzella is an Italian artist (Sonologyst) and label owner. He set up Unexplained Sounds Group in 2015. The goal and concept of the label became a kind of investigation of contemporary world-wide underground music related with experimental-, industrial- and dark-ambient stuff. The compilation series make you discover underground music from very distant and unknown underground scenes. According to me it’s one of the most fascinating compilations I’ve ever heard. I highly support the work of Raffaele Pezzela for the original concept, but also for the efforts he put in it. Respect!

Point of Departure 70 is Out

Source: Point of Departure.

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

Matthew Shipp: Pulling No Punches: an interview with Troy Collins

Matthew Shipp: The 2004 Junkmedia Interview: an interview with Troy Collins

Ezzthetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Cecil Taylor’s Voodoo Poetics: by David Grundy

The Book Cooks:
BLACK CASE Volume I & II: RETURN FROM EXILE
by Joseph Jarman (Blank Forms Editions and After: Still; Brooklyn, New York)

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Iancu Dumitrescu Interviewed About His Early Works

Source: The Wire.

This video interview in the Bucharest home of spectralist composer Iancu Dumitrescu aims to shine new light on how avant garde music functioned in Romania before the revolution in 1989

The Portugal based collaborative project Unearthing The Music explores how experimental music, artists and communities existed under authoritarian regimes in Europe after 1945. This video features Romanian composer Iancu Dumitrescu, who first started releasing his music via his country’s sole record label Electrecord in 1981.

Mr. Bungle Interviewed About Re-Recording First Demo

Source: Revolver.

In August of 2019, infamous avant-garde weirdos Mr. Bungle announced that they would be returning to the stage for the first time in nearly 20 years. Further blowing minds, original members Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn said they’d be joined by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo — and that they’d be playing songs from their very first demo, 1986’s The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny. And so it came to be in February that Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City felt the aforementioned Wrath, which was complemented by a generous helping of cover songs (COC, Circle Jerks, SOD and more) and previously unheard originals.

Now, roughly a month after the reunion shows, Mr. Bungle have given Revolver the exclusive news that they’re re-recording The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, along with the aforementioned covers and three previously un-recorded songs from their days as teenage metalheads growing up in Eureka, California.

An Interview With Lee Ranaldo And Raül Refree

Source: The Quietus.

In their separate conversations, Ranaldo and Refree both pinpoint the breakthrough moment that occurred as soon as it was decided that this was going to be a fully fledged duo project, rather than another Lee Ranaldo solo album with Refree’s name listed in the production credits. “From that moment on, we really felt free to try anything,” remembers Refree who had worked with Ranaldo before and now found himself as one half of a bona fide musical partnership. “We were not tied to anything. We were trying not to be tied to our past. We just tried to do what we really felt that we had to do.” At first, he recalls, the two musicians didn’t even know exactly what it was they were working on. Was it an album? A single? An EP? Something that could conceivably be replicated live… or perhaps not? They weren’t entirely sure.

AMN Celebrates Braxton 75: Part XII

e72b1213374b63d74f500ddefea1fafa--jazz-artists-jazz-musiciansWelcome to AMN Celebrates Braxton 75, a multipart series focused on the work of American composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton. Braxton, who in 2020 will be celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday, is one of the most important and influential creative minds of the past fifty years. Each week this series will feature three to four links of live performances, interviews and articles found on the web that should be of interest to both the curious and the longtime explorers of Braxton’s music.

Anthony Braxton’s many awards include a 1981 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 1994 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a 2014 NEA Jazz Master Award, and honorary doctorates from Université de Liège (Belgium), New England Conservatory (USA) and the 2020 United States Artists Fellowship. Here is a short interview from 2014  for his NEA Jazz Masters Award.

Anthony Braxton’s  Diamond Curtain Wall Music is a combination of graphic notation, improvisation, and interactive electronics.  This particular sextet performance from 2015 includes many of his mainstays including: Taylor Ho Bynum -brass, Mary Halvorson – guitar, Ingrid Laubrock – reeds, Andrew Raffo Dewar – soprano saxophone and Carl Testa – bass. The recording is a bit low and boomy so give it a little volume.

One of the the web’s best magazine-style resources for creative music is Sound American.  Its issue archive is a wonderful resource. Sound American 16: The Anthony Braxton Issue contains articles on Braxton written by many of his collaborators including: Taylor Ho Bynum, Nate Wooley, Kyoko Kitamura, Anne Rhodes, Katherine Young, Carl Testa, Erica Dicker, and Graham Lock. The archive can be a little slow to load, so be patient because the articles are well worth the wait.

We end this week’s post with a short excerpt of a lyrical alto saxophone solo from 2012 at Amuz, in Antwerpen.

Join us again next week for another post as AMN Celebrates Braxton 75

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