Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Greta Hoheisel & Norbert Lang, Bukarest Fragmente (CD & Book Gruenrekorder)
A three-pronged guided tour – music, text, image – of Bucharest, a “metropolis in constant flux”, according to the introduction. Bucharest has indeed historically been one of the important capitals of central Europe, but long fell under the shadow of the dictator Ceaucescu, who vampirian effect on… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 04:31, 23 Jul 2009

Andrea Marutti & Tommaso Cosco, Turra (3″ CDR Afe Records)
Andrea Marutti is a veteran of the electronic avant-garde who also curates a beautifully-designed, cutting-edge CDR label, Afe Records. Tommaso Cosco is his best friend and is not a musician, but rather a kind of modern-day Medici with dirt under his fingernails – he´s both a fireman and an… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 05:56, 20 Jul 2009

Aidan Baker, Green and Cold (CDR Gears of Sand)
On Green and Cold, a momentary overlapping of two of the worlds Aidan Baker artistically inhabits – poetry and music – occurs, like a rare eclipse of the sun. This collection of tracks is labeled “songs” in the liner notes. Many of them certainly are, but are so introspective as to be aesthetically… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 04:08, 20 Jul 2009

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Aidan Baker, I Fall into You (Basses Frequences)
The newly-remastered version of a set originally recorded by Aidan Baker on a simple four-track cassette and released on CDR label Public Eyesore in 2002. Cleverly and deservedly re-released to reach the growing audience for Aidan Baker´s quality material. The delicate looping and sophisticated… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:07, 30 Jan 2009

Various Artists, Music for Museums (2 CD Kwan Yin)
Like Brian Eno´s ground-breaking but seldom-used “Music for Airports”, this two CD set was designed for play not only in a specific site – the museum – but in specific rooms in that structure – the lobby, gallery, bookshop, cafe, and even the bathroom. The printed instructions (again echoing Eno)… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:03, 30 Jan 2009

Laurent Jeanneau, Soundscape China (Kwan Yin)
A crazy quilt of sounds from mainland China. “A mix of original field recordings, ethnic minorities in Yannun, TV, scratched Chineses CDs”, often long, unbroken chunks, processed in 2001 and 2002 by Laurent Jeanneau, also known as Kink Gong. Morning exercise programes, instructions and political… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:01, 30 Jan 2009

John R. Carlson, Recollections (3″ CDR Parvoart)
Same evocative cover photography, same Bechstein C piano, all the same parameters as his first three-inch release some months earlier on this label (and reviewed here:, but now with Oliver Sonntag adding percussion on two tracks. Nothing has been prearranged… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:55, 28 Jan 2009

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AMN Picks General

AMN Picks of the Week

Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, February 2...
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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Anthony Braxton – Quartet (Moscow) 2008 (2008, composed / free jazz)
Paul Lansky – More Than Just Idle Chatter (1994, electroacoustic)
Aidan Baker – Phantasma Paratasie (2008, electronic / noise)
Sun Ra – Media Dream (1978, experimental jazz)
Sun Ra – Disco 3000 (1978, experimental jazz)
William Parker – Petit Oiseau (2008, modern free jazz)
Menace Ruine – The Die is Cast (2008, ambient / metal)
Rob Reddy – The Book of the Storm (2007, modern free jazz)
James Beaudreau – Fresh Twigs (2008, acoustic guitar)

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Lull & Beta Cloud – Circadian Rhythm Disturbance
Beta Cloud a.k.a. Carl T. Pace isn’t new to this website. He’s circulated some fine, abstract music over the past couple of years. And this collaboration with Lull ranks right up there with his best work. Lull, a.k.a. Mick Harris is known primarily for his work as/with Scorn, Painkiller & Napalm Death. Harris is no stranger to working with other artists either, as he has been a part of countless co-releases and collaborations

Beta Cloud vs. Kenji Siratori – Plug
Carl T. Pace’s Beta Cloud project has up until now, released two full lengths on his own. Since his last album, the excellent Nephology, his Laughing Bride imprint issued a tension filled collaboration with Aidan Baker (Nadja), and two more collaborative efforts, one with Lull (review to follow) and this EP. Plug is a 3″ CD-R billed as Beta Cloud vs. Kenji Siratori, and it was actually released last year. It’s still very much worthy of mention.

Steve Roach – Landmass
Landmass finds Roach building a compelling and varied ambient travel log for internal landscapes & alien worlds. Dropping down along it’s nearly 70 minute ark in beat bound, hypnotic and deep ambient sound worlds.

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New on Alien8 Recordings

From Alien8 Recordings:

Menace Ruine: The Die is Cast

The Die is Cast finds Menace Ruine eschewing the howling vocals and blast beats of their debut album, instead replacing them with majestic songs based around the vocal style of Genviève and the anthemic medieval music that bares much more resemblance to Neo-Folk than Black Metal.

Aidan Baker and Tim Hecker: Fantasma Parastasie

Fantasma Parastasie sees the pairing of Aidan Baker, of the Ambient Doom band Nadja, and Tim Hecker, two of Canada’s brightest musicians in the world of abstract electronic music. It is divided in eight movements which blend together to form a fluid example of a collaboration that works.

Zbigniew Karkowski and Daniel Menche : Unleash

Describing this debut collaboration between Zbigniew Karkowski and Daniel Menche as heavy would be a serious understatement; gruelingly brutal would be a much more fitting description. Unleash is part one of a pair releases based around the same recording sessions. Daniel Menche independently mixed the material in Portland, Oregon and the next release will feature the mix of Zbigniew Karkowski.

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Releases from Utech Records

From Utech:

Artist: The Stargazer s Assistant
Title: Shivers and Voids
Released: September 13, 2008
Written and arranged by David J.Smith: harmonium, acoustic guitar, synths, water bowl, chain, door, matchbox, percussion, tapes, samples, vocals. Antti Uusimaki: mellotron, synth, effects.
Sara Hubrich: bowed thunder-board 1,3 violin, viola 3 . Chloe Herington: bassoon 3 .

David J. Smith Guapo, Miasma & The Carousel Of Dead Horses releases a second set of recordings as The Stargazer s Assistant. Following The Other Side of the Island on Aurora Borealis, Shivers and Voids is a union of instrument, voice and tape. A soundtrack left waiting for the right film to accompany it through the dark. Sweeping, intricate, sometimes ominous, yet always exuding a warmth of emotion. Ancient forests, vast plains, billowing clouds, rusted metal hulks, wet rock walls, lights flickering in darkness. The Stargazer s Assistant reveals all this to us.

Artist: Klangmutationen
Title: Schwarzhagel
Released: September 13, 2008
Recorded: Recordings were made between February and May, 2008 in Cheras and Subang Jaya, Malaysia. Further editing, mixing and treatments by Yeoh Yin Pin.
Tham Kar Mun: tenor saxophone. Yandsen: tenor saxophone.
Yeoh Yin Pin: electric guitar. Kok Siew Wai: suara.

Klangmutationen are an mystery. More could be said about what their music isn t than what it is. Hailing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the underground experimentalists pierce the veils of Eastern and Western music. Recalling early sets on FMP as well as the Takayanagi/Abe axis of Japanese free music, Schwarzhagel is the sound of a spirit falling past its own life after death, forever.

Artist: Nadja
Title: Trembled
Released: September 13, 2008
Recorded: 1-4. Recorded by Aidan Baker at a private event, Toronto, Canada > March, 2006.
5-6. Recorded by Scott Slimm at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia > June, 2008.
Aidan Baker: guitar, vocals, drum machines. Leah Buckareff: bass.

Trembled has returned, triumphantly. Released by Utech Records 046 in the summer of 2006 on limited cdr. The principal live recordings from Toronto have been remixed/remastered and include a rare performance of Swans No Cure for the Lonely. The core of the release, though, is “Tremble”, a cascading improvisation of drift and atmospherics revealed to audiences on an occasional basis. The track is telling of the fluidity with which Nadja create and why the band has become so highly regarded. “Breakpoint” and “Corrasion” complete the set. Exclusive material has been added in Stays Demons and a second version of Tremble recorded by Scott Slimm in Philadelphia. Illustration by Justin Bartlett. The ultimate DOCUMENT of Nadja at their most electric and empyreal.

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