02 March 2015

Kickstarter Campaign for the Sound works of Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia was one of the most important sound artists and thinkers for the past 50 years. Key new and avantgarde American record label has embarked on a Kickstarter project with  the Harry Bertoia Foundation and the Bertoia Studio to transfer many of his works from tape to digital. A quote from another important artist says it all about Bertoia:

"Bertoia is an important example of early sound-art." Pauline Oliveros
Behind this dandelion are stacks of Sonambient LPs in boxes!

Please go HERE for more details. 

Bertoia's works are crucial in the understanding of the evolution of the fields of sound art, installation art and modern art. A more than worthwhile project which as many sound art, noise, music and modern art supporters and fans should involved in. 

The campaign ends next Wednesday, 11 March 2015, US time. 

15 February 2015

The Future was, eh.. here! - The Futurist Intonumori Orchestra in Singapore 12 Feb 2015

I was very stoked weeks ago when I received news that Luciano Chessa was coming to Singapore with The Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners. After years of researching on Noise in music and Noise in the arts, the Futurists, represent to me, one of the key historical start points and opening node in a contested lineage in art and music historical discourses. Intonarumori, the sound or noise machines conceptualised and built originally by the Futurist, Luigi Russolo back in the 1910s were stuff of legend and infamy in its heyday. The orchestra toured across Europe after the First World War into the 1920s and they were received with ridicule, wild amazement and blank indifference in equal measures. The last known machines were damaged and lost by the 1930s. Luciano Chessa, the author of the only monographs on Russolo and his conceptions, Luigi Russolo: Futurist. Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult came out in 2012. In the past, the Italian Futurists have been covered extensively in many books and articles but the foci have been either on the visual art side of things or in tandem with the other contemporary iconoclastic art movements like dada and Surrealism. Scantly a few pages or at best a chapter on the sound art/music aspect of it were published before Chessa's book. 
One thing hit me when I was listening to the various original Futurist pieces, recently commissioned works for the intonarumori and Futurist sound poetry. Shocking it may be, especially to those who first heard the works 100 years ago, but wth modern ears, the original pieces feel largely formalist despite Marinetti and Russolo's proclamations about the revolutionary nature of their music. The more recent commissioned ones were redolent of recent contemporary compositions with glissandi amassing across their durations. It re-affirms the fact that the avant-garde of today will be the norm of tomorrow. But this begs the question: then is there an avantgarde of today for tomorrow? It may sound a tad too pessimistic but with the premises of Simon Reynolds's book, Retromania, seemingly more real than mere cynicism as we move on after  years of its publication, it is an important point of concern and consideration for all of us.

09 December 2014

Rewind 2014

Rewind 2014 took me awhile. I have been suffering from quite a bit of current music fatigue in terms of the contemporary state of questionable creativity and innovation in the sonic arts generally for the past 12 months. The sounds which spoke to me most, ironically, for the past 3-4 months have been albums from the 1980s and 1990s. Largely music from the American underground scenes of that said era. Amphetamine Reptile and Touch & Go are the two main ones, but Boner and Trance Syndicate albums are enthralling to me as well.

Reissues have been more intriguing for me comparatively. Is it just me or is it the state of music and the sonic arts this year? Well, perhaps you might be a better judge than me...

Anyway, my top 10 releases of 2014, across both catgories are:
1. Dave Philips- Homo Animalis
1. Rudolf Eb.er- Brainnectar
3. Junko- Noise of Voice
4. Fushitsusha - Nothing Changes/No One Can Change Anything/I Am Ever-Changing/Only You Can Change Yourself
5. Swans- To Be Kind
6. Scott Walker + SunnO)))- Scoused
7. Valero Tricoli- Miseri Lares
8. Skullflower- Draconis
9. Kevin Drumm/Jason Lescalleet- The Abyss
10. The Pop Group- Cabinet of Curiosities


Unwound - Rat Conspiracy & No Energy

Junko- Noise of Voice

 The Pop Group- Cabinet of Curiosities

Captain Beefheart- Sun Zoom Spark: 1970-1972

John Coltrane- Offering: Live At Temple University

13th Floor Elevators- Live Evolution Lost

Bobby Beausoleil- The Lucifer Rising Suite

Various- Tliltic Tlapoyalak: Black Twilight Circle Compilation

Pascal Comelade- Degeneration Electronics 1974-1983 & First Bel Canto

 Alien Brains- It's All History Now - Tape Works 1979-85

Robert Rich- Premonitions 1980-1985

 Techno Menses /K. Kusafuka-  Early 80's Minimal/Synth

Muslimgauze- Chasing The Shadow of Bryn Jones 1983-1988

Sunroof!- Rock Power

 Fushitsusha - Nothing Changes/No One Can Change Anything/I Am Ever-Changing/Only You Can Change Yourself

 Dave Philips - Homo Animalis


Rudolf Eb.er - Brainnectar


Sudden Infant - Wolfli's Nightmare

Skullflower- Draconis

Kevin Drumm/Json Lescalleet - The Abyss

Helm- The Hollow Organ

Bass Clef- Raven Yr Own Worl

 Valero Tricoli- Miseri Lares

 Beneath- Vobes

M.E.S.H.- Scythians


James Hoff- Blaster

Lee Gamble - Kuang

Lee Gamble- Koch

 Objekt- Flatland

Afrikan Sciences- Circuitous

Scott Walker + SunnO))) - Soused

Godflesh - Decline & Fall

Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

The Bug - Angels And Devils

The Observatory - Oscilla

Chrome - Feel It Like A Scientist

Aphex Twin -Syro

Swans - To Be Kind

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