Further Noises new August issue out...

Welcome to the August issue of Furthernoise, which is positively bursting with a slew of reviews and new tunes queued for you. Alan Lockett at the helm while Roger Mills is still stranded in the doldrums of academe.

Furthernoise issue August 2011

"On Gravity: George Russell and the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization - Robert Peterson" (feature)
George Russell is a complex character in the story of jazz music. He's widely considered the first person to write a general theory of music from the standpoint of American jazz. Through his work, the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (LCC), he sought to reorient our concept of musical arrangement, and by extension the sociological implications of music.
feature by Robert Peterson

"Orogenetics in 2011" (feature)
Sound artist Michael Northam initiated 2011 with twin strategies to disseminate his music: handmade CDs in micro-editions announced on his mailing list and distributed from his web site, and archival projects available from on bandcamp. The new CDs display his growing assurance with live improvisation combined with studio wizardry, and the archives offer a panoply of his work over the last fifteen years.
feature by Caleb Deupree

"A Slow Feather Falls" (review)
A collaboration between under the radar British texturalist Ian Holloway and Arizona-based field recordist Banks Bailey. A Slow Feather Falls is a half-hour of chronostatic drone scenes with a backdrop of crystal clear Arizonan field recordings from Banks Bailey, a man seemingly weaned on the early works of Monos, and other Northern Drone-meisters.
review by Alan Lockett

"Avatara" (review)
Steve Brand's Avatara is a slab of cosmic ambient drone with ritual inflections in the US space music tradition: long synth sustains and processed tones with field recordings and the odd percussive rattle. ?Avatara? refers to the descent of avatars in various cultures, which may, eschewing spiritual signifiers, be taken more as serving suggestion than prescription.
review by Alan Lockett

"Faryus & Vadim Bondarenko ? Quiet Songs From Misty Places" (review)
Faryus creates suggestive and ethereal environments for Bondarenko's acoustic instruments, familiar instruments in mysterious and otherworldly venues. Suspended in Faryus's sonic biosphere, Bondarenko's piano is by turns contemplative and dramatic, monophonic and lushly harmonized, pentatonic and chromatic.
review by Caleb Deupree

"Handle this wino like he was an angel: Baubles & Gewgaws 2002-2008" (review)
A set of out-takes from the sessions that spawned the Psychic Space Invasion albums. Ian Holloway seemingly sometimes creates weird, little pieces on his computer that never fit on any 'real' release. Eight years of these are now compiled for Handle this wino like he was an angel, navigating interstices between ambient noise, clicks'n'cuts, and plunderphonics.
review by Alan Lockett

"Intangible" (review)
Hypnos has sought over a decade and a half to give voice to fresh new artists in the field of ambient and space music. Equally, it has a feel for what's worth sustaining, extending and refreshing, be it reissues or returning artists, as with Intangible, a collab between two music-makers familiar to US ambient-spacers from solo work spanning three decades.
review by Alan Lockett

"Resolutions" (review)
Sourced from recordings made in 1997-98 in Edinburgh, transferred to digital in 2006 and re-assembled in 2010 for a run of only 35 cassettes, Resolutions is now reissued on a dinky 3". It finds David Wells and Richard Canaday?s pianos drawn out into long languorous organ-like tones, obscure with clouds of delay in a winsome piece of minimal drone, with a euphonic chiming resonance.
review by Alan Lockett

"Roel Meelkop's Old Cows" (review)
Herbal International deserves kudos for its superb reissue package for some Roel Meelkop vinyl rarities, Oude Koeien. The abstract and austere music, with its sudden transitions and dry events knitted together with static sound fields, extends from the early tape works from Cologne to resolute Basic Channel rhythms.
review by Caleb Deupree

"The Path Of White Clouds" (review)
Of this issue's three Hypnos albums, the quietest and most spacious is The Path Of White Clouds. Singing bowls, chants and long synth sustains commune in vaguely ritual musical acts; no doubt meant to enlighten and elevate, concept coming via head Nebulæ guy Oophoi and his reading of "The Way of the White Clouds - A Buddhist Pilgrim in Tibet."
review by Alan Lockett

Roger Mills
Editor, Furthernoise

No comments:

Post a Comment