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Kevin Drumm: Inexplicable Hours (Sonoris)

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Kevin Drumm: Inexplicable Hours [VINYL @ LPs + CD] (Sonoris)

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Animals & Giraffes (Greenlief / la Rocco / Leidecker): Landlocked Beach (Creative Sources)

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Bill Dixon: Odyssey (Solo Works) [6 CD BOX SET] (Archive Edition)

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Recording in Seoul, South Korea at Mullae Arts Village in 2016, the duo of Australian drummer/percussionist Will Guthrie and improvising noise artist Hong Chulki release 8 pieces with concise works under 1 minute to larger improvisations up to 8 minutes, contrasting interesting rhythms with indescribable electronics, found sounds, and unusual environments. ... Click to View


Christian Wolff / Antoine Beuger: Where Are We Going, Today (erstwhile)

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Toshiya Tsunoda / Taku Unami: Wovenland (erstwhile)

The liner notes give good detail to each composition from these Japanese sound artists and composers Toshiya Tsunoda and Taku Unami, reworking and transforming field recordings from a diverse set of environmental locations by changing pitch, playback speeds, frequency, amplitude, &., creating 11 compositions, imbuing the mundane with unusual and surprising aural attributes. ... Click to View


Michael Pisaro / Reinier van Houdt: Shades of Eternal Night (Gravity Wave)

Largely derived from piano recordings by Netherlands pianist Reinier van Houdt, a member of both the Ensemble MAE and the Ives Ensemble and heard on the Wandelweiser label, expanded by several field recordings recorded by Michael Pisaro in Syros (Greece), creating a work in three pieces of rich environments that contrast peaceful passages with powerful ambiance. ... Click to View


Michael Pisaro : Etant Donnes (Gravity Wave)

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Spectral (Dave Rempis / Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs): Empty Castles (Aerophonic)

Spectral, since 2012 the working horn trio of Dave Rempis on alto & baritone sax, Darren Johnston on trumpet, and Larry Ochs on sopranino & tenor sax, split their time between San Francisco and Chicago, in their 3rd album of spontaneous, complex free improv, here using the setting of Bunker A-168 in Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, CA, to influence their performance. ... Click to View


Dave Rempis / Tim Daisy & Guests: Dodecahedron (Aerophonic)

Marking their 20th anniversary working together, the collaboration between Chicago improvisers, saxophonist Dave Rempis and percussionist Tim Daisy, release their third duo recording, inviting an incredible list of improvisers to perform live with them at Elastic Arts in Chicago in 2017: Jason Adasiewicz, Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Steve Swell, Katie Young, and Aaron Zarzutzki. ... Click to View


Peter Bruun's All Too Human (w/ Tranberg / Ducret / Toldam): Vernacular Avant-garde (Ayler)

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Christophe Monniot & Grand Orchestre du Tricot: Jericho Sinfonia (Ayler)

A unique ensemble performing a long-form composition by French saxophonist Christophe Monniot with the 12-piece Grand Orchestre du Tricot, 12 movements that are punctuated by layered spoken words, a subtle and sophisticated work realized with performers including Roberto Negro, Florian Satche, Quentin Biardeau, Jean-Baptiste Lacou, &c. ... Click to View


Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / Joe Hertenstein: Scalene (Leo)

Scalene describes a triangle having sides unequal in length, but there's nothing uneven in the back and forth from the NY trio of tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman, pianist Matthew Shipp, and new to Perelman & Shipp's many collaborations, drummer Joe Herteinstein, in a 10-part studio recording of energetic spontaneous improvisation with a strong lyrical center. ... Click to View


Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / Jeff Cosgrove: Live In Baltimore (Leo)

A rare live album from Brazilian-born/NY-based saxophonist Ivo Perelman, performing live at An Die Musik in Baltimore in 2017 in a trio with pianist Matthew Shipp and new drummer Jeff Cosgrove, for a single epic improvisation that takes the listener on an adventure from lyrical to energetic free jazz, all three players unhurried and absolutely focused. ... Click to View


Suspensao: Physis (Creative Sources)

The third album on Creative Sources for this 10-piece ensemble with 5 string players, piano, sax, trombone, electronics and percussion, freely improvising in an extended work themed for the Greek theological, philosophical, and scientific term typically translated as nature or physics, in a rich tapestry of meticulous detail and profoundly subtle communication. ... Click to View


Domeniconi / Schlegel / Suter : Quince Dreams (Creative Sources)

Three versatile improvisers with pedigrees including Christian Weber, Christian Wolfarth, Objets Trouves, Big Bold Back Bone, &c, the Swiss trio of Roberto Domeniconi on piano, Jan Schlegel on electric bass, and Sheldon Suter on drums use unusual and extended techniques integrated within free improv in this coproduction with RSI Rete Due Radiotelevision, Switzerland. ... Click to View


Baker / Glover: Love, Approximately (Bad Architect Records)

Bridging folk traditions with modern aesthetics, the duo of Evan Baker on guitar and Austin Glover on violin, both contributing songs, sing about everyday events, music, and life, the songs having a bluesy and even early Kinks feel at times, made unique through a cappella moments and languid instrumental sections. ... Click to View


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  Magnus Granberg 
  How Deep is the Ocean, How High is the Sky?  
  (Another Timbre) 


  
   review by Kurt Gottschalk
  2016-07-13
Magnus Granberg: How Deep is the Ocean, How High is the Sky? (Another Timbre)

The invention of the wheel was an occasion for much celebration, one that we still talk about today even if we don't know the name of the Mesopotamian craftsperson responsible. And of course the creation went through many developments on its way from wheelbarrow to Prius. Anthropologists, in fact, believe that the ceramist wheel predated the locomotive wheel by a good three centuries.

If we have no record of the R&D team's activities some 3,500 years ago, we certainly don't know the names of those who made less orthodox, maybe even artistic, use of the wheel, those who weren't interested in its utility but rather the ways it might be altered to reflect or suggest something about the world, their world. Surely they existed, though, those creators of curious objects who, for example, wanted to find a way to make a tower of wheels, undermining their essential mobility, or who carved the surface at an angle so it could only roll in a circle. And then, no doubt, there were those who relished in the imprecision of construction: the rough surfaces and the inexact placement of connecting shafts. In fact, it may well be that from the uncentered axle rose the fascination with irregular repetitions.

This is, of course, all speculation (though does it not seem obvious?) because, as noted above, all records are long since lost if any were kept in the first place. Fascination with that asynchronous clickety-clack, however, has re-emerged in the world of post-Feldman art sound, a lovely example of which is Magnus Granberg's How Deep is the Ocean, How High is the Sky?. A tentet of musicians works in not quite predictable cycles, rarely playing at the same moment in time, using a set of tools that spans centuries, from the baroque violin, chitarrone and viola de gamba to the prepared piano (played by the composer) and analogue synthesizer. With one musician playing percussion and another on electronics, and both of them plus a third credited with "objects," it's hard to guess the origin of the occasional, uneven ringing that anchors the piece like a nautical bell falling into irregular rhythms with the rocking of the boat, an image which calls to question the Mesopotamian origins of this quite beautiful record.



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