"An arbitrary succession of more or less irritating sounds"

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Checkpoint Charlie

From the blurred, skittering brilliance of his 1997 collaboration with Jim O'Rourke & Nicholas Collins to his enlightening, radical remixes of both the relatively obvious (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Squarepusher, Takako Minekawa) & somewhat less so (Jimanica, Pizzicato 5) & on to current live-only workouts, these ears are once again revelling in the fecund hinterland & endless textural trickery of Markus Popp's Oval - triggered this time by his 11-track 'countdown' of web-only bonuses ahead of last Friday's release of retrospective flush-out (& multi-media extravaganza) OvalDNA... 

Liner notes (essay more like...). 

Popp, O'Rourke, Collins - Büromusic (cut)

"Short excerpt from a seriously cool live collaboration thing I did in 1997 with Jim O'Rourke (Guitar, Electronics) and Nicolas Collins (Trombone-driven Electronics). All three of us were located in a different office in the (then) newly built "business center" around Berlin's Checkpoint Charlie, remixing each other's soundfiles which were transported back and forth between the three offices on CD-Rs (!) - by bike messenger, no less. Those were the days... "

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Discord (Remixed By Oval)

Oval - Workaround

"One of the first tracks I did after completing "94Diskont."

Oval - Stueck (alternate version)

"Alternate version (read: less unnecessary distortion) of a track I contributed in 2000 to the "Elysian Fields" exhibition/CD-compilation and was supposed to serve as a quasi-soundtrack for films by Antek Walczak and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster exhibited at the Pompidou Center in Paris, France. This fairly rare compilation features Sonic Youth, Tortoise, The Sea & Cake, David Grubbs, Tom Verlaine, Jim O'Rourke etc and was released with the 400-page "Elysian Fields" catalog designed by Dutch group "Experimental Jet Set."

Jimanica - Over The Cherry (Oval Remix)

Oval - Driva (live in Vancouver 10-2011)

"Unreleased track from my current live set."

Oval - Flam

"This was included on the limited edition bonus 7-inch that came with the EU release of "Ovalprocess" out on ROUGH TRADE. Apparently, I haven't included this track on OvalDNA?!?!"
OvalDNA EU release countdown

Oval - OvalDNA Preview

Oval - OvalDNA Bonus Tracks Preview

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Friday, 4 November 2011

Herds of fools

These ears have been twitching in anticipation ever since Vladislav Delay disclosed his first album for Raster-Noton in a recent interview with LMYE. The first excerpts from Vantaa seem to redeem all that expectancy - Narri ('fool' if your Suomi needs work...) in particular is a beautiful, beguiling piece in which a lop-sided rhythm, something like a wind-up toy starting to spasm, meshes with a shifting bed of ratchet, scrape & jangle to freight a moving, blurred theme. 

To name it our Track of the Day is the bathetic least we can do...

Blurb: "Even though complex electronic manipulations are used, Vantaa wants to sound like a piece of nature, resulting in a mixture of techno/dub and organic textures. The tracks oscillate between a decadent, greyish, post-industrial sound cloud and the intimate atmosphere of a vast and desolate Finnish landscape. Ripatti plays with tiny rhythmic bricks that drift and collapse, but nevertheless create spaces that radiate calmness and tranquility. Being an experienced producer, he uses his know-how to layer compact sound fabrics in unusual ways. In this case, these elements arouse associations with gushing water, crackling wood, or growing grass. The tracks on Vantaa merge into each other and their density escalates with „Lauma“ into an energetic climax, which is all at once the ecstatic, shamanic and truly moving peak of the album."

Vladislav Delay - Narri (excerpt)

Vladislav Delay - Narri (Excerpt)

Vladislav Delay - Lauma (excerpt)

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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Pleasure and work

Kitsch? Quatsch...taking ironic noodling & trilling into boombastic outer space: a new Leyland Kirby 7" &, "for those Clayderman moments we all experience from time to time as we struggle for balance", a tinkling exclusive (not to LMYE, ahem...) linked to his eager to tear apart the stars

Stream all below. Not sure these ears aren't more comfortable with the less comfortable maulings/rollings of Intrigue & Stuff, though (also below, completistly...). 

More LK (& The Caretaker)...

Leyland Kirby - We Have At Last Come Home

Leyland Kirby - Remember Us [via The Quietus]

Also visuals & Quietus interview...

leyland kirby - eager to tear apart the stars (album preview)

Leyland Kirby - Intrigue & Stuff Vol. 1 (album preview)

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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Lend Me Your Shorts Vol. 3

A sextet of tracks these ears would have been much the poorer for not having heard. Mostly from new or imminent releases (Pascal Savy's ravishing warm flood of an EP, Liminal [Feedback Loop], David Wenngren & Christopher Bissonnette's deep journeying, darkly glowing The Meridians of Longitude and Parallels of Latitude [Home Normal] & Illuha's delicate, faintly off-kilter Shizuku [12k]), these intensely textured pieces (which also include Konntinent's epic, shape-shifting Havlíčkův Brod for Fluid Radio & a moving, arcing piece from Greg Haines & Wouter van Veldhoven's predictably fine Three Days of Fever (a recent discovery) & a gloriously unfurling & melding track freshly SoundClouded by Offthesky co-conspirator Darren McClure) underscore the riches artists are still mining from this murky meeting point somewhere between ambient & drone... 

Probably no coincidence that at least two of these pieces were mastered by the great Taylor Deupree - Savy's & Wenngren/Bissonnette's: not sure about the Illuha, ironically, though it would hardly be a surprise if it were too...

Update: Taylor confirms Shizuku as another of his.

Konntinent - Havlíčkův Brod [via Fluid Radio]

Pascal Savy - Lying Drifting

Illuha - Saika

David Wenngren & Christopher Bissonnette - A Deceptive and Distant Howl

Greg Haines & Wouter van Veldhoven - On Buildings

Darren McClure - Accidentally on Purpose

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Avian circled

A darkly diverting Benoit Pioulard swag bag to follow up yesterday's post on Calder from his new Play Thelma. Besides a preview of this plangent, resonant EP ("Recorded at home throughout spring and summer 2011 with guitar, harmonium, voice, magnetic tape, bowed bells, cello, warnophone, and music box"), below hear a rewarding trio of unreleased workouts - two (including the exceptional, knotty I hate that I have this friendly face) again made domestically but in just three days back in January, & the third a stately, twangy tape loop "created on the first 60 degree day of the year"...

benoit honore pioulard - plays thelma (album preview)

I hate that I have this friendly face by Benoît Pioulard

I count my sins like pearls by Benoît Pioulard

I emptied my lungs into the dirigible by Benoît Pioulard

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