New Residents Box Reviewed

Source: Cult MTL.

While the image of wearing giant eyeballs on their shoulders has indeed bubbled up into the corners of mainstream culture, not many can point to the giant leaps they’ve made for underground music and art. Since their inception in the early ’70s, this “eyeball band” have thumbed their noses at celebrity culture throughout their lengthy career by operating in the shadows of anonymity while trailblazing avant-garde music with cutting edge theatre. Their label Ralph Records remains a maverick among artist-run indie labels since they released Meet the Residents in 1972 and have now released over 30 records from the Residents and many other avant-garde artists. While remaining ahead of the curve with technology — mounting numerous themed tours with daring and cutting edge production — the Residents have documented both their early and recent film experiments as well as live shows with nine DVDs.

New Circum-Disc Releases

Source: CIRCUM-DISC.

_UNK – NOW_
We don’t really know how to pronounce _UNK or which letter is missing… ! _UNK invites, leaves open and then tries to create surprise, starting with its name proposed as an enigma but also through the music that the quartet gives to hear.

MORE SOMA – HONDENDODENDANS
The MORE SOMA trio is composed of a saxophone, alternately alto or baritone, a double bass and drums. The MORE SOMA trio composes the music in real time. The MORE SOMA trio likes it when it beats…

New Takuroku Releases

Source: Takuroku.

GOODIEPAL – THE POLE IMPOSTER & THE DATABAR
Goodiepal or Gæoudjiparl van den Dobbelsteen, whose real name is Parl Kristian Bjørn Vester, is a controversial Danish/Faroese musician/composer. The eccentric and self-made Goodiepal has influenced the course of modern music through radical excursions into computer technology and media art. Until recently he has been employed as a teacher at DIEM (Danish Institute for Electro-acoustic Music) at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark. Goodiepal declared intellectual war against the stupidity in modern computer music and media art, which is to say against The Royal Academy of Music, when he quit the job in 2008. As per 2012 he lives somewhere in Europe and is married to the road.

DUNCAN HARRISON – TWO CHANNELS OF UNEDITED VOICE MEMOS
Whether twanging a guitar, walking into a rock bar, having chats with pals, rattling junk in a sink, making voice notes to himself, burping into the mic or rehearsing wrestling moves from memory, he provides a peep-holes to his inner and outer life, while never revealing a full picture. Through narrative juxtaposition, crude editorial cuts and double exposition, he plays a masked game of sleight of hand, unveiling layers of truth and untruth.

577 Records New Releases

Source: 577 Records.

CYCLONE TRIO
THE CLEAR REVOLUTION

YUMA UESAKA, CAT TOREN, COLIN HINTON
OCELOT

PAUL DUNMALL, KEITH TIPPETT, PHILIP GIBBS, PETE FAIRCLOUGH
ONOSANTE

OLIE BRICE, BINKER GOLDING, HENRY KAISER, N.O. MOORE, EDDIE PRÉVOST
THE SECRET HANDSHAKE WITH DANGER VOLUME ONE

COULTRAIN
PHANTASMAGORIA

MICHAEL SARIAN & MATTHEW PUTMAN
A LIFEBOAT (PART I)

SANA NAGANO
SMASHING HUMANS

DAVE TUCKER, PAT THOMAS, THURSTON MOORE, MARK SANDERS
EDUCATED GUESS VOL. 1

Music, Math, and Mind Book Coming From David Sulzer

Source: Columbia University Press.

David Sulzer’s debut book, Music, Math, and Mind, offers a lively exploration of the mathematics, physics, and neuroscience that underlie music in a way that readers without scientific background can follow.

Dr. Sulzer, also known in the musical world as Dave Soldier, explains why the perception of music encompasses the physics of sound, the functions of the ear and deep-brain auditory pathways, and the physiology of emotion. He delves into topics such as the math by which musical scales, rhythms, tuning, and harmonies are derived, from the days of Pythagoras to technological manipulation of sound waves. Sulzer makes accessible a vast range of material—styles from around the world to canonical composers to hip-hop, the history of experimental music, and animal music by songbirds, cetaceans, bats, and insects.

Kronos Quartet Releases Five New String Quartets 

Source: Kronos.

Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) is proud to announce the release of the next five additions to 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, the ongoing multi-year commissioning, performance, education and legacy initiative. Scores and parts, recordings and companion learning materials for new string quartets composed by Alexandra du Bois, Tod Machover, Missy Mazzoli, Misato Mochizuki, and Charlton Singleton are now available online, free of charge.

New Takuroku Releases

Source: Takuroku.

RIE NAKAJIMA & AKIRA SAKATA – UMIHIKO YAMAHIKO
“Our second album ‘Umihiko Yamahiko’ was recorded at Bar Isshee on 11 December 2020 in Tokyo. Only 10 audience members were allowed in the room, which created a very intimate and shy atmosphere as usual. There was a zoom recorder quietly sitting on a chair. It belongs to one of the audience members. He said it’s his hobby to record live concerts. He wanted to archive as many show as possible and publish these 50 years later. We laughed that most of us wouldn’t be here by then. He kindly let us use the recording to publish it from TakuRoku. Only 3 months after!! That must be really too quick for him.” – Rie Nakajima

TINA JANDER – ICE CUBES
“I think Tina’s work is brilliant, but what I love so much about ‘Ice Cubes’ is how it hovers around a particular place, detours then returns, without feeling forced or over thought. And this I think is a hard thing to do in a timeline – create a sense of time and pace that doesn’t feel too rushed or too static. There’s some great moments: the placement of an environmental recording, as if offered for our consideration and then just removed. And the underlying undulations of a cello placed outside its musical frame, simultaneously both fragile and grounded, a haunting subaquatic echo, a prelinguistic memory, drawing the listener impossibly close.” – Mark Fell

Pauline Anna Strom’s Music Profiled

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Matt Werth, founder of experimental music label RVNG Intl., was already, as he puts it, “headfirst into the world of outsider synthesizer music” when he happened upon Trans-Millenia Consort, the 1982 album by Pauline Anna Strom, through the recently shuttered blog Waxidermy.

At first drawn in by the album’s artwork—a painting of what looks like a cracked egg giving birth to an eyeball—he had “this really transportive moment” when he heard opening track “Emerald Pool,” an instrumental that dusts synthesizer melodies over the sound of Strom splashing her hand in a bowl of water.