Tuesday, July 20, 2010

[Cotton Goods 001 SP, 002 SP, 003 SP] Sub Loam - Ohr CDr 2009

Sub Loam - Ohr
Label: Cotton Goods, Cotton Goods, Cotton Goods
Catalog#: 001 SP, 002 SP, 003 SP
Format: 3 x CDr, Mini, Single
Box Set
Country: UK
Released: 18 Jun 2009
Genre: Electronic
Style: Experimental, Ambient

Box Set containing three singles by Sub Loam. One track per CDr. Each CDr has a seperate catalogue number though they were released in this Box Set format only. Each CDr in a seperate hand made envelope fashioned from pages of old books. The whole thing packaged in a cardboard microfilm case, with a string tied archive strip around it.

CD1 Ohr Part 1 Nettle Mix
CD2 Ohr Part 2 Overgrown Path
CD3 Ohr Part 3 Stones, Sunlight, Morning

When writing about releases on Craig Tattersall's lovingly handcrafted Cotton Goods label it's always a temptation to start going on about the packaging first, and this new triple disc set from the mysterious Sub Loam proves to be especially alluring in that department. You'll find the three 3" CDs collectively housed inside a sturdy microfilm box, with each one therein individually slotted into envelopes made from old books, embossed with the Cotton Goods Ltd stamp. And of course everything's hand-numbered, with just 100 copies in circulation. It's a lovely and outlandishly elaborate item, so let's hope we find that the music has been similarly laboured over once we've prized it from its housing. The first disc in the Ohr triptych ('Nettle Mix') initiates us into a world of flickering delays and tape reel manipulations - a billowing soundscape littered with analogue recording artifacts, Radiophonic effects sweeps and overloaded space echo. The vintage feel is perfectly in tune with the recovered, antique feel to the presentation, and it's carried over onto the next disc (titled 'Overgrown Path') which features fragments of grainy chords and hiss-saturated background noises. Once again, the piece is characterised by the warm repercussions of vintage echo - carving thunderclap sound effects into the background - but there's a more prominent, Basinski-esque melodic element here too. The final disc ('Stones, Sunlight, Morning') is inevitably suggestive of that great buzzword du jour, 'hauntology', offering shadows and reverberations of something that once was, rather than anything tangible. These evolving, ambient echo loops eventually give way to more discernible constituents, and the sound of the elements consumes the final few minutes: gusts of wind and watery field recordings draw the disc to a close, leaving you with the same sense of mystery and puzzlement you probably had when you entered into all this. The discs played in sequence make for a beautiful, tape-spun sound cycle, but as an alternative serving suggestion, you could probably fashion yourself a rather wonderful Zaireeka-style multichannel listening experience by rigging the discs to all play simultaneously. However you choose to digest it, Ohr is clearly a very special release in all departments, act fast if you want one as these babies just never last very long...

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[ZagZig 004] Ryoji Ikeda - Dataphonics (Album) CD 2010

Ryoji Ikeda - Dataphonics
Label: Dis Voir
Catalog#: 133938 ZagZig004
Format: CD, Album, Book
Country: France
Released: May 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Abstract, Minimal, Experimental

Notes: Book 64 pages with 62 illustrations in black & white + free Cd.
The sounds for this Cd was commissioned by the Atelier de Creation Radiophonique (ACR) de France Culture.: It was broadcasted monthly troughout the year 2006-07 and finaly remixed as a special version.

1 Principle 6:00
2 Spectrum 6:00
3 Transmission 6:00
4 Transformation 6:00
5 Rhythmics 6:00
6 Automatic 6:00
7 Quantization 6:00
8 Harmonics 6:00
9 Counterpoint 6:00
10 Structure 6:00

Ryoji Ikeda is one of the world's most radical sound artist famed for his detailed and precise audio-visual work at the extremities of digital engineering, as well as an occasional collaborator with Carsten Nicolai aka Alva Noto. 'Dataphonics' is Ikeda's brand new book & CD exploring the relationship between the data of sound and the sound of data. It appears via the ZigZag series of book/CDs intended to create an editorial space for sound works by artists. The CD accompanying the book contains an edited sixty minute version of the series of 'Dataphonics' broadcasts commissioned by the Atelier de Création Radiophonique (ACR) de France Culture throughout the year 2006-07 and features an hour of utterly visceral and ultra precise physical digital processing using non-audio data as elemental source material and deploying frequencies at the periphery of human audition, sounds that as Ikeda explains, "the listener becomes aware of only upon their disappearance". The book attempts to explain the processes and methods behind the creation of these sounds through mathematical and graphical examinations of the fundamental binary reduction/representation of sound waveforms. It makes for another challenging yet beautiful addition to Ikeda's hugely impressive canon - and a startling, beautifully produced artefact in its own right. Highly recommended.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

[SPNet 11] Fm-Ra & jjoth - Impossible Worlds 2010

Fm-Ra & jjoth - Impossible Worlds
Label: SP
Catalog#: SPNet11
Format: 4 x File, MP3, 320 kbps
Country: US
Released: 22 Jun 2010
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient

1 Fm-Ra - Fallen Eons 2:21
2 Fm-Ra - Oblivion 2:38
3 jjoth - Waste 3:57
4 jjoth - We Are Alone Now 3:05

Impossible Worlds is a split EP composed and produced by Fm-Ra and jjoth on June 2010.

The EP is one of many possible soundtracks for a dystopic world,
in which the quested paradise has become a vivid image - a memory? - in one's mind,
mere reflex of the past communion man-nature,
now overwhelmed by the assymetric relation man-technology/machine.

Therefore, the EP can be divided in two parts:

the first 2 songs, more melodical, are still reminiscent of the now only remembered harmony;
the 3rd and 4th songs, more amelodical, twisted and sometimes (post?)industrial,
reflect the experience of a cannibalesque humankind living in a now harsh world.

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[wh 127] O.E.S. - A Material, A Sound, A Shape 2010

O.E.S. - A Material, A Sound, A Shape
Label: Webbed Hand Records
Catalog#: wh127
Format: File, MP3, 320 kbps
Country: US
Released: 17 Jun 2010
Genre: Classical, Electronic
Style: Leftfield, Modern Classical, Experimental

1 Steve Layton - Night Lights (Shintaro Sato) 6:54
2 Massimo Croce - Middan Tharir 8:16
3 Steve Layton - Canto Notturno (Giacomo Leopardi) 7:46
4 Imago Meccano & Marco Lucchi - Glitchy Fragment #1 (Curtains Remix) 3:57
5 Giza - O.E.S. Sketch 1 Entia Non (Steve Layton - Canto Notturno) 2:58
6 Giza - O.E.S. Sketch 2 (Onomelotron) 3:11
7 Imago Meccano - Uncertain (Entia Non Remixed) 7:30
8 Giza - O.E.S. Sketch 3 – Celer 5 4 3:30
9 Steve Layton - O Saffo 3:45
10 Angelo Secondini - Evaporate 8:26
11 loALUe - Along The Serpentine, Under The Snow 2:37
12 Lolek - A Material, A Sound, A Shape 5:20

Orchestra Eclettica e Sincretista is a musical collective led by Marco Lucchi.

The concept of this album is group members remixing or constructing pieces from tracks and
samples contributed by other members.
"it is about remixing and reworking each other -- an "internal" project... it concerns the pleasure of a collective and shared work... the title lightly refers to alchemy" - Marco Lucchi.

Features tracks contributed by Steve Layton, Massimo Croce, Loalue, Cometa, Imago Meccano, Giza and Lolek and sounds by Entia Non, Marco Lucchi, Kozo Ikeno, The Onomatopoeian, Celer, Christian Vasseur, Wara Tito Rios, Sonicbrat, Satoshi Arisaka, Naoki Ishida and Harold Nono.
Visit www.musichevirtuali.org for more information about Marco Lucchi and O.E.S.

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