Wols - "Unframe" on Pingipung - www.pingipung.de
Pimmon - "The Oansome Orbit" on Room40 - www.room40.org
Janek Schaefer - "Double Exposure" on Crónica - www.cronicaelectronica.com
Francisco López - "Untitled #275" on Unsounds - www.unsounds.com
Stephan Mathieu - "A Static Place" on 12K - www.12k.com
Cindytalk - "Hold Everything Dear" on Editions Mego - www.editionsmego.com
Zeitkratzer - "Karlheinz Stockhausen" on Zeitkratzer Records - www.zeitkratzer.de
David Sylvian - "Died In the Wool" on Samadhisound Label - www.samadhisound.com
Rehberg/Schmickler - "USA" on Pan - www.pan-act.com
Reinhold Friedl - "Eight Equidistant Pure Wave Oscillators, While Slipping Very Slowly To A Unison, Textually Spatialised On Eight Speakers, Concret, 60 Minutes" on Room40 - www.room40.org
Chris Watson & Marcus Davidson - "Cross-Pollination" on Touch - www.touchmusic.org
BJ Nilsen & Stillupsteypa - "Big Shadow Montana" on The Helen Scarsdale Agency - www.helenscarsdale.com
Bill Gould & Jared Blum - "The Talking Book" on Koolarrow Records - www.koolarrow.com
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
'Blödmaschinen - Die Fabrikation der Stupidität' - Markus Metz & Georg Seesslen - Edition Suhrkamp.
'Crimea. The Last Crusade.' - Orlando Figes - Penguin Books Ltd London.
'Bloodlands. Europe Between Hitler and Stalin.' - Timothy Snyder - Perseus Books.
'Hemelsblauw' - Jan Lauwereyns - De Bezige Bij Amsterdam.
'Zoo van het denken' - Peter Verhelst - Prometheus Amsterdam.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
A couple of days ago I had a vision that German new music ensemble Zeitkratzer played 'untitled #231' from 'untitled (2009)', the new album of Francisco López on Baskaru. I'm convinced that they could make something spectacular of this ultradeep, spectral and multilayered sound. But just now the label Unsounds released 'untitled #275', a collaboration of López with Dutch new music man Reinier Van Houdt of the Ensemble MAE. This is fabulous as well. The two part work is based on a kind of radical reconception of the piano, see the Reinhold Friedl album 'Inside Piano' from a couple of months ago. 'Movement 1' starts with some serious rhythmical thumping on the piano. Later other orchestral sounds join in. This remains a typical López composition with loud parts and relatively silent parts, where you can only hear the musician(s) rumbling with instruments amidst some white noise. The last minutes of 'Movement 1' are particularly beautifull with a stark melody of four notes repeated endlessly and some minimalistic piano playing. In 'Movement 2' López explores and transforms the piano part in his studio to a fascinating electro-acoustic composition of 35 minutes. This is probably the best contemporary 'classical' music you will hear this year made by an electronic artist.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
I'm a fan of Francisco López. It would take a lifetime to follow everything he produces but once in a while I pick something out. After 'köllt/kulu' here's another nice release, this time on the French label Baskaru. 'untitled (2009)' is a good starting point if you don't know López yet. It's noise but soothing, structured & organic. For this album he worked together with Phill Niblock, Rutger Zuydervelt of Machinefabriek and others. Although the sounds are derived from natural sources most of the time you can't figure out what you are hearing. Which is part of the process of course. Luckily the nicely designed innersleeve contains some references and info. Impressive and timeless stuff!