Archive for March, 2010
This highly recommended series of publicly-funded sound art CDs is a joint initiative of the Community Radio Education Society (CRES) and Vancouver’s Co-Op Radio 102.7FM (home of the essential Art of Beatz show).
The series is very heavy on Vancouver and ex-Vancouver-based electronica types. On Volume Five alone, you get Souns, Jesse Scott, granny’ark and Tanya Pea (granny’ark’s “Sauna” steals the show).
Goodness knows how you can get your hands on the actual CDs but you can download selected tracks from the CRES Media Arts Committee website. Presumably, if you contact them, they’ll tell you how to get hard copies.
Klimek is Sebastian Meissner. You may know Meissner from Klimek’s excellent contributions to Kompakt’s Pop Ambient compilation series. Otherwise, long-time digital electronica fans may remember his work as Autopoieses, Bizz Circuits, and Random Inc.
Like Ekkehard Ehlers (his partner in the Autopoieses duo), Meissner seems to be very interested in creating music which takes a high-concept approach to sampling, without sacrificing the harmonic and textural beauty of the original sampled materials.
As you might expect, Movies is Magic is based around distinctly cinematic sounding samples, presumably lifted directly from film soundtracks. Instead of simply letting these samples loop, as Ehlers might, Meissner subtly disrupts and destabilizes them in a manner that recalls the best work of Vladislav Delay.
The results, on tracks like “Exploding Unbearable Desires” and “Greed, Mutation, Betrayal”, are moody and darkly entrancing. Like Black to Comm’s Alphabet 1968, Fenn O’Berg’s In Stereo and Loscil’s Endless Falls, this album manages to create a balance between brooding menace and vivid detail.
It’s a thoroughly compelling, intelligent and beautiful piece of work that deserves to be heard as widely as possible. Maybe, just maybe, if enough of you buy the CD from Boomkat, Anticipate will do the right thing and release Movies is Magic on vinyl.
Vancouver-based readers take note: the Fake Jazz Festival starts tonight and your attendance is mandatory! Here are some details…
Wednesday March 24 / Lick 10 PM-1 AM
Thursday March 25 / Western Front 8-11 PM
Rachael Wadham + Shane Krause
Friday March 26 / Western Front 9-11 PM
The Sorrow and the Pity
Whip of the UFO
Saturday March 27 / Western Front 8-11 PM
Giorgio Magnanensi, Kedrick James, Chad MacQuarrie
Saturday March 27 / Secret Location Doors 11 PM
Sunday March 28 / Casa del Artista
Pancake Breakfast 1 PM
Music 6 PM – Midnight
And here’s another MP3, for good measure…
By popular request, here is a high-quality MP3 of the Peel Session version of My Bloody Valentine’s “Lose My Breath”. And here’s a link to a rather gothy blog, from which you can download the whole session, though not – presumably – in the same level of quality. Weird how MBV seems to be becoming a bit of a goth staple.
Available now: Fourier’s Algorithm, the sixth album by connect_icut. Free 320kbps MP3 download. Dedicated to Joseph Fourier (1768-1830) and Charles Fourier (1772-1837).
For your downloading convenience, this release is presented as two sides of a “virtual vinyl” LP. Side A features twinkly high-end bliss, while side B offers a richer, more deeply textured sound experience.
Recommended if you like Oren Ambarchi, Ekkehard Ehlers, Fennesz, Stephan Mathieu, Oval and Rafael Toral. Listen to “Dream (Pop) Boy” and “Phil Slows the Dave Down”, then download the whole thing from CSAF.
This is going to be unmissable for in-the-know Vancouverites. Four nights and one afternoon showcasing some of the city’s top avant rock, noise and electronica talent, including Aerosol Constellations, Empty Love, Scant Intone, The Rita, Flat Grey, Magneticring, Shearing Pinx, AHNA, Josh Rose, Stamina Mantis, Twin Crystals and Coin Gutter. Plus a rare appearance from Japan’s KK Null!
And here are some MP3 tasters: