microphones in the trees

Thursday, November 20, 2014

guenter schlienz / mortuus auris & the black hand


"following a series of highly acclaimed releases on Gift Tapes, SicSic and his own Cosmic Winnetou label, among others, mood-modular maestro Guenter Schlienz presents a collection of works utilising tape loops and acoustic instruments as well as his familiar modular undulations. 

It is a rich combination that takes Guenter's sound off through music halls, into the clouds and then back again to the self. this is deeply focussed and reflective work that rounds off this series of 10 s.i.n.k. cds releases in perfect stye. study hard, loop soft." s.i.n.k. cds



"Peter Taylor's understated yet consistently powerful drone project has been releasing since 2008, with this gastrodynamic double-cd collection bringing together a suite of digestion-themed pieces and a continuous track of seven food-based parts (Gochujang, Tempeh, Edamame, Tamari, Doenjang, Tianmianjiang, Miso). 

on Digestiv Komune, shimmered drone cushions hollow chimes and tribo-industrial drum patterns, imparting a clarity of (outer) space ambient to the inner realms of body feelings. the movement of the second course, Sand Timer, through eased-up orchestration, foreign murmurings, stuttering drone and rupturing sample work, makes you think someone spiked that first course... chow down, feel it in your gut." s.i.n.k. cds


"Guenter Schlienz is an ambient genius" Matt Kattman (The Rainbow Body)

...mil veces sí.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

row


"the trail forged by London’s pastoral hymn leaders now finds itself submerged under the smog-laden skies of Toronto, as 2/5ths of the group start up their new imprint with this album of disarmingly mellow instrumentals. as a duo, the sounds crafted by Kevin Cahill and Cheryl Fraser place an emphasis on the more fragile and ambient elements of their compositions, carrying a heightened awareness of each incoming sound. empty spaces are either filled with reverberation or the remnants of a morning daydream. the glass ceiling in our mind opens up just as the clouds decide to let themselves go. we can feel the precipitating sound as we’re soaked with synesthesia. accompanying notes trickle out at a pace set by a human clock, pressing comfort on our ills and washing the stress out from the storm. grip gently." weird canada

reedbeds, serfs, fallen axe, guitarras, lap steel, teclados, melodías de porches y atardeceres... me repito pero, demasiado bonito para decir que es bonito. escuchad 'unsettled', 'endless cycles', 'sighted echo', 'another soul' (aquí hay un pequeño atisbo de 'the hired hand'), 'there once was...', 'in a hiding place',...todas.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

matt baldwin

matt baldwin - imaginary psychology (psychic arts, 2010/ false industries, 2014) 

Al rastrear la trayectoria de Matt Baldwin es fácil intuir la presencia de un explorador de espíritu saltarín e inquieto, algo equiparable a las tres rediciones que lleva ya este irresistible disco. Editado originalmente por psych arts en 2010, edición en vinilo el año pasado vía spiritual pijamas y nueva reedición este 2014 de la mano de false industries.‘lindsay and her duplicates’ es una clara invitación al viaje cósmico a ritmo de motorik, siguiendo la estela imborrable de Neu! o la Düsseldorf. Poco a poco, esa cadencia monótona e infecciosa, pero cristalina, se va haciendo dueña de ti sin que puedas hacer nada para evitarlo. Cuando surcas los 2’ Matt comienza a añadir serpenteantes exploraciones de guitarra, sintes analógicos, loops y entonces empiezas a vislumbrar que debe que ser Manuel Göttsching, en clave minimal, la figura principal de este imaginario. ‘bokarian dervish’ funciona a modo de interludio, una frágil y apacible nana que evoca a sus tiempos de fingerpicking y folk primitivo pero con sensaciones invernales. Es como seguir allá fuera pero sentir que has vuelto a casa por unos instantes. ‘imaginary psychology’ es el punto culminante, 15 minutos de eternas melodías que ondulan entre devaneos cósmicos y brumosas líneas de guitarras que van desvaneciéndose. Según se va acercando el ocaso, un remolino de sintes, que Matt manipula con tacto, recupera el pulso con mayor amplitud y timbres brillantes para terminar dejando que la hipnosis prosiga.



"Echoguitars floating into reverse spinning wormholes, slowly evolving endless variating looped melodies and riffs in swirling hypnotic delayed consciousness. The B side is a meditative harmonium piece recorded on the beach. 100 copies."

A pesar de los años, el sello belga ‘sloow tapes’ sigue siendo un buen cobijo para encontrar cintas imperdibles. Aquí, Matt se transporta a una playa sinuosa al son de sintes, drones, field recordings y más exploraciones de guitarra. No sé, a mí me parece uno de los discos de este año que ya oscurece. A ratos me recuerda a Scott Tuma, Hakobune o aquel split de Sky Stadium y Pierrot Lunaire en koppklys. Magia es la palabra para estas 2 largas y meditativas suites de las que no consigo vislumbrar el horizonte. ‘golden twins’, que puede ser mi canción favorita de Matt, parece orbitar alrededor del ambient o la new age en paisajes difusos, donde las sensaciones son placenteras pero esquivas, como la guitarra que asoma intrépida pero tímida al mismo tiempo. ‘asilomar’ es una redentora sinfonía a bajas revoluciones que alterna pasajes de guitarra delicados y juguetones, con otros más silvestres y orgánicos. Así, entre pájaros saltarines y el sonido de las olas termina el chapuzón de medianoche.


 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

portopia '81


"the project Portopia ’81 is named after an expo in Kobe from that year but its heart is more bound to 1961. Mizuhiro’s vision of a space-bound humanity reaching the stars via silver needles and fired though rainbow washes of nebulae is translated though the analog pops of organ drum machines and wedded to the calming voices of vintage synthesizers ~ a perfect soundtrack to a future that wasn’t." field hymns

a veces me gustaría dar marcha atrás en el tiempo y percibir las cosas como las percibía cuando era pequeña. hay sonidos, olores, imágenes...que nunca se olvidan. aquella época remota en la que flotábamos ensimismados con la intro de 'planeta imaginario' mientras sonaba 'arabesque nº 1' de Tomita, una de esas tonadillas tripoides, hipnóticas, que se quedan grabadas para siempre, asociadas a un recuerdo, a un momento. una parte de mí se quedó allí, en la isla de los cuadrados mágicos, viajando con flip por el espacio encerrada dentro de un televisor. seguro que era algo demasiado abstracto, dadaísta, surrealista, para entenderlo, pero me fascinaba como ningún otro programa. de cuando sabes que nunca podrás hacerle honor a algo tan especial y bonito y nunca podrás devolverle todo lo que te ha dado y te ha hecho sentir. el caso es que la música de Portopia '81 me lleva a esos años. 'destination moon' y 'super cosmic' son como un big bang, un torrente de colores, un arco iris perfecto... reconstrucciones de tiempos pretéritos envueltas en nostalgia y retrofuturismo. suena 'balcony on the outer space' y pienso que Hiroshi Mizuno, nuestro Buchikamashi, es un creador de ilusiones como Günter Schlienz. lo único que puedo hacer es recomendar 'stardust memory' de corazón. por esa nostalgia inexplicable, por volver a sentir lo que es ser pequeña y porque hay debilidades imposibles de argumentar. un viaje a 1984.

filed under: library music, swinging organ, the warm smell of tubes and cigarette smoke

listen/buy ~ sold out

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

rafi bookstaber


"slow, sun-dazed feel to this beautiful set of rural rags, with strings set to maximum F/X dislocation, with the kind of underwater delay of a Scorces married to stoned folk stylings ala Pat Kilroy, Skip Spence, Dino Valente et al via Takehisa Kosugi." volcanic tongue

"omnipresent, patient meditations that are tethered to the breath permeate the head and heart with ease. earthly tones echo in the vastness as the sun-stroked body revels in gently flowing streams of loving kindness. for me, the art of Rafi Bookstaber is among the most prominent in contemporary folk/psych music. Still Way is analogous to watching heavenly light pass through a filament. the hues and textures comparable to Rafi's undulating tranquil stringed vibrations that caress the head. over both sides sparse passages slowly unfold before refracting in copious directions, circumscribing the body in benevolent energy. a member of Death Chants, the Wolfpack, Mendocino, and Aswara, Rafi's solo recordings on Azriel and Humito are some of the most trichome-covered in the honest bag healing kit. when one has to temporarily retreat from the moment, these vibrations provide a convalescent setting. Still Way will spin on repeat in the decks of those who enjoy Sandy Bull, Willie Lane and other like-minded travelers." honest bag

por fin...demasiado tiempo esperando esta cinta que tenía casi idealizada. pura belleza pastoril susurrada y suspendida en los mismos acordes de guitarra que Willie Lane. tan sólo dos mini canciones, 'sun stream' y 'stellar sky', pero sobre todo 'sun stream'. notas espectrales muy del universo Child of Microtones...aparecen, flotan, desaparecen. Rafi no decepciona nunca

sold out ~ download (gracias)

Saturday, November 08, 2014

carl didur


"Carl Didur works with reel to reel tape loops, analog synths, oscillators, and other amazing manual manipulation of analog electronics. A true wizard, and the first person I have ever seen in person to fully understand, manipulate, control, play, and work with these fragile, ancient analog electronic equipment. If you are a fan of Terry Riley, Amon Duul II, and other forms of experimental music, you would find Carl Didur's music a delightful discovery. Carl is probably one of the best kept secrets of the Toronto underground scene, and more people outside of Toronto should know about him.


"I first made a post about him on my blog after we played a one man band fest in toronto. ever since that show, I've been a fan of Carl's and follow his music endeavors, whether its the 2 man prog/space jazz/fade out outros minimalist experimental works of Zacht Automaat, or his collaboration with Broken Tree Fort, theres a sense of genius brewing underneath the quietness of his demeanor." dirty beaches

"Zacht Automaat fell from the sky, or so it felt one day last year. what other explanation might one have for a band that does not exist... and then suddenly does and before you know it has unleashed hours of record quality material? the genesis defies logic as easily as the music itself evades categorization...." slim twig


escuchad también estas dos canciones de Zacht Automaat (Carl Didur y Michael Mclean): kraut y un poquito de prog jazz, o algo, adictivo, precioso, inabarcable, saxo, órgano, Canterbury, Can, Neu!, Bitchin Bajas, Amon Dull II, Faust, Ray Manzarek...mucho donde navegar y descubrir.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

lino capra vaccina


"Lino 'Capra' Vaccina has studied percussions, piano and composition, and started his musical carrer with the band Aktuala, then he worked for Franco Battiato, along with he formed the short-living project 'Telaio Magnetico'; after those experiences he released an amazing album, 'antico adagio', before disappear until the 90s, when he started a new course of his musical production, a bit in new age style.


...the ahata sound is produced by a physical vibration and can be perceived by the human ear within a determined range of frequencies. It is the falling of the ethereal sound on the material world. It preserves the same formative numerical relationship of its immaterial origin and gives joy and pleasure to human beings. the sound of the spheres leads to Liberation, the physical sound gives pleasure (from Narada Purana). modal art, both chromatic and musical, is a direct expression of the energy governing Nature. the knowledge of such rules leads the musician, as in the case of Lino Vaccina, to create works whose tradition goes back to the origins of ethnic groups, almost completely disappered by now, which hold the meaning of Absolute Knowledge." mauro radice (from the back cover liner notes)

"excellent experimental/prog lp, with floating electronics and some ethnic touches (some may find some pre-new age hints too)." mutant sounds

siempre había querido dejar este disco y esta portada en el blog, un clásico que descubrí hace tiempo gracias a Norm Chambers. qué mejor ocasión que su inminente reedición en die schachtel.  tan bonito o más que Soft Focus, 'modern dance' de Craig Kupka y casi casi como el de Cults Percussion Ensemble. 'voce in xy' es esa canción que incluirías en todos los recopis. el vídeo/teaser ...ñam!.

listen/see ~ download (via verso la stratosfera)